Beverly Seckinger is Professor in the School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty in 1991, she worked as a freelance producer in Philadelphia, and spent four years in Morocco, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and later as a literacy researcher. In 1993 and 1994 she served as a USAID-Women in Development consultant in Tunisia.
Seckinger's diary/documentary Laramie Inside Out, an exploration of the ongoing reverberations in her hometown community of Matthew Shepard's 1998 murder, had its U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS in June 2007. It has been screened at dozens of universities, conferences and community events across the country, and purchased for the permanent collections of nearly 400 colleges and universities. Her film Hippie Family Values, a feature-length documentary about three generations at a back-to-the-land community in rural New Mexico, won the Grand Festival Award for Documentary at the Berkeley Film Festival, the Outstanding Project Award for 2019 from the Communal Studies Association, and the Outstanding Documentary Award from the University Film & Video Association and continues to screen in community and campus venues across the country.
She is the founding director of the Lesbian Looks Film Series and the DocScapes Film Series, a collaborative project of the Center for Documentary initiative and the Hanson Film Institute at the University of Arizona. She also created DocVisions, a community outreach program that teaches basic documentary skills to UA honors students from a wide variety of majors, who then mentor refugee and immigrant teens in media production. As a faculty affiliate of the Human Rights Practice online graduate program, she teaches "Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media."
Seckinger is a longtime member of Tucson-based band The Wayback Machine.