Arthur  Beer

Adjunct Professor of Theatre

Arthur Beer
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 023
Phone: 313-993-3263
Arthur Beer
Areas of Expertise:
Acting and Directing
Classical Drama and Theatre
Culture - Greece


  • Ph.D. from Wayne State University
  • M.A. from the University of Michigan
  • B.A. from DePauw University


Teaches Directing, History of Theatre, Voice and Diction, Introduction to Theatre, and Fine Arts. He has acted in and directed more than 200 plays, and directed a like number, including several world premieres. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, and is regularly seen in professional productions in the metropolitan Detroit area. Beer has received Best Actor and Best Director awards from all of Detroit’s major periodicals. Beer has written 20 original plays and adapted 16 classic plays, all of which have been produced.  He has won the Hopwood and Gesu awards in playwriting, as well as the directing text "Classic Plays for Contemporary Audiences" and the Humanities Workbook, "Meeting Art". He holds a B.A. from DePauw University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. He joined Detroit Mercy in 1975. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, and is regularly seen in professional productions in the metropolitan area.


    Publications & Productions

    • Short stories in Arbor Magazine
    • Three one acts in Hopwood Award plays
    • Critiques & reviews in Houyhnhm, Protagonist, and Athens Monthly
    • The following adaptations:
      • A Servant of Two Masters from Goldoni (6 productions)
      • Peer Gynt from Ibsen (Florida Theatre Festival)
      • A Christmas Carol from Dickens (University of Detroit premiere)
      • Agamemnon from Aeschylus (Greek tour)
      • The Birds, Congress of Women, The Frogs, Lysistrata from Aristophanes (12 Greek tours)
      • Antigone and Death of a Blind Old Man
      • From Sophocles (2 Greek tours, U.S. Productions)
      • The Bacchae, Electra, Iphigenia, The Trojan Women
      • From Euripides (17 Greek tours)
      • The Long Way Home from Homer (2 Greek tours)
      • The Twins from Plautus (Greek tour)
    • The following original plays:
      • “Caswell," "Man in Armor," "The Satyr Play," "Set in Rubber” (produced at University of Michigan, Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art -  London)
      • Medea et la Force de Voodoo ( University of Detroit premiere)
      • The King Korn Trio (University of Detroit premiere)
      • Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials (University of Detroit premiere, University of Detroit Mercy revival, and state tour)
      • “Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter” (University of Detroit Mercy premiere, CHWAA Museum, tour)
      • “A Thousand Miles to Freedom” (unproduced)
    • The following scholarly works:
      • "Max Reinhardt: Innovation & Eclecticism”
      • “19th century American Drama”
      • "How Directing Is Taught at American Universities"
      • "Classic Plays for Contemporary Audiences"
      • "Meeting Art"

    Organizations & Affiliations

    • Actors Equity Association
    • Alpha Psi Omega honorary drama fraternity
    • American College Theatre Festival, Region 13 Exec. Comm. 1982 -83
    • American Educational Theatre Association, Midwest representative
    • American Guild of Variety Artists
    • American Theatre Association for Higher Education
    • American Federation of Television & Radio Artists
    • Ancient Theatre of Argos, presenter
    • Athens Centre for the Arts, faculty
    • Detroit Classics Association, guest lecturer
    • Detroit Council of Broadcast Unions
    • Director, Classic Theatre Study Abroad 1966 - 2009
    • Director of Drama, Thiel College 1960 - 1967
    • Director of Drama, Jacksonville University 1967 - 1970
    • Florida Theatre Conference Host 1968
    • Graduate Assistant in Speech, Wayne State University 1965 - 1973
    • Guest Artist, The Theatre Company, 1975 - 1977
    • Hellenic American Union, faculty
    • Phi Beta Kappa, member and guest lecturer
    • Sigma Delta Chi honorary journalism fraternity
    • Screen Actors Guild
    • U.S. Institute of Theatre Technicians
    • University of Detroit Mercy Professors’ Union
    • Core Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts & Education, University of Detroit Mercy

    Awards & Honors

    • ATO scholarship, DePauw University
    • Rector Scholarship, DePauw University
    • Graduate Assistantships, University of Michigan, Wayne State University
    • Technical Assistantship, Hilberry Theatre
    • Hopwood and Gesu playwriting awards
    • Best Actor awards: DePauw, University of Michigan, Detroit Free Press,
    • Detroit News, Detroit Magazine, Pittsburgh Press, Oakland Press, Dearborn Press and Guide, Between the Lines, Meadowbrook Theatre.
    • Best Director awards: Detroit Free Press, Detroit News,
    • Detroit Monthly Magazine, Dearborn Press and Guide, Jacksonville Sentinel, Oakland Press.
    • Lee Hills Career Achievement Award, Detroit Free Press
    • City of Warren Mayor’s Award