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Gigi Jennewein

From Theater to Community -- Gigi's back!

Gigi Jennewein currently serves as the Coordinator of Community Service and Outreach. She worked as Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre at DePauw for seventeen years, eight of which were also dedicated to serving as the Coordinator of Arts Publicity and Marketing. In between her DPU stints, Jennewein was Chair of Theatre at the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. 

As the Coordinator of Community Service and Outreach, Jennewein is engaged in establishing, maintaining, and promoting opportunities for students to engage in the Greencastle and Putnam County community. This charge includes managing university/community partnerships and serving as a resource to faculty developing and offering courses with community-based components.  Jennewein has always been an active presence in the Greencastle community: she served on the Main Street Greencastle board for several years and is a past president, she owns an historic building on the downtown square that supports the student-run Low Road Gallery, and she is a founding member of the Greencastle Arts Council.

Jennewein taught performance classes at DePauw and directed productions such as Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus, as well as the first DePauw production of The Vagina Monologues. She planned and implemented eight years of DePauw’s annual ArtsFest, including Art & The Environment in 2007 for which she created the community bike project.

Jennewein's professional theatre credits include the Indianapolis-based Phoenix Theatre where her many engagements include directing the Indiana premiere of The Vagina Monologues and performing in Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive. She has also appeared on stage at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Brown County Playhouse, and Indiana State University’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre.

Before first coming to DePauw in 1992, her endeavors included an apprenticeship with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the founding of a theatre company and costume designer/shop supervisor at the University of the South/Sewanee,and work as lecturer in theatre at Indiana State University and director of the theatre program at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Jennewein holds a BA from Northwestern University in Communication Studies and her MA in Theatre from Indiana State University. Her research interests include the theory and methodology of Augusto Boal, Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, and the voice and movement training methodologies of Kristin Linklater/Shakespeare & Company and Arthur Lessac.