An Oakland, California native, Gwen came to Gallatin because it afforded her the opportunity to explore her interest in theater that responds to periods of social and political upheaval. Propelled by a fascination with subversive theater artists, Gwen is developing the concentration the Theatre of War, an investigation of artistic agitators who use historically relevant moments of upheaval to question the legitimacy of the power dynamics at play and who employ revolutionary theatrical techniques as a call to action.
The evolution of her course of study was informed by her first year research seminar, Professor Eugene Vydrin's Making Strange, Professor Kristin Horton’s Advanced Shakespeare Scene Study: The Roman Tragedies, and an independent study that centered on Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre. Gwen is now embarking on a new independent study that looks specifically at the realities of post-war experiences and PTSD.
Gwen is an executive board member of the student-run theater club Gallatin Theatre Troupe (GTT) as a producer. She has also participated in the Gallatin Arts Festival as an artist with a collaborative piece, Theatre of War Series, and appeared in several Theater at Gallatin productions including Diamond Alice (Victoria Brittenham), Amphitryon (Amphitryon), The Rape of Lucrece (Lucrece), and Hamlet (Ensemble). Gwen plans to continue her theater-making endeavors, explore her own artistic agency, investigate the roots of modern theatrical mechanisms, and educate the theater-makers of the future.