Jenna Gerdsen is a third year PhD student in the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies program. She is a dramaturg and scholar. Her research interests include Asian American theatre and performance, theatre in Hawaii, Southeast Asian theatre, and critical race theory.
- MA, in Theatre Arts, University of California Santa Cruz
- BA, in Theatre Arts and English (emphasis in Creative Writing), University of Puget Sound
- Co panel organizer and presenter for Speak Now: Sexual Harassment in American Theatre at Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) August 1-5, 2018
- “The Window in African American Drama: A Window into Black Identity Formation” Comparative Drama Conference (CDC) Orlando, April 5-8, 2018
- “Thus I Exist, Too: A Crip Analysis of Afong Moy and Mari Katayama” American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Atlanta, Nov. 16-19, 2017
- “I Dream of Gotanda’s Chang and Eng: Exploring Asian American Identity Formation in 19th century America” Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Honolulu, Nov. 10-12, 2017
- Book review of The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday. By Ju Yon Kim. in Asian Theatre Journal to Fall 2016
- “A New Hope for Wayang Kulit: Peperangan Bintang Re-Awakens Tradition” blog article published on HowlRound
Honors and Awards:
- Arts Division Dean's Award at UC Santa Cruz for the oral presentation "Three Ramayanas on the west coast of the United States: Cross-cultural adaptation in American theatre"