Jenna Gerdsen

Teaching Assistant


Jenna is a first year PhD student in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. Her research interests include Asian American theatre, Southeast Asian theatre, intercultural theatre, and cross-cultural adaptation in American theatre. 


  • MA, in Theatre Arts, University of California Santa Cruz 
  • BA, in Theatre Arts and English (emphasis in Creative Writing), University of Puget Sound 

Representative Publications/Research Activities:

Book review of The Racial Mundane: Asian American Performance and the Embodied Everyday. By Ju Yon Kim. in Asian Theatre Journal to be published Fall 2016

“A New Hope for Wayang Kulit: Peperangan Bintang Re-Awakens Tradition” blog article published on HowlRound 


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"