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Denise Gillman

Department of Theater and Dance - Honors Program


Denise Gillman

Associate Professor

Ferguson Ctr A-137
(757) 594-7262
dgillman@cnu.edu
scienceplays.org

Education

  • MFA in Directing, California Institute of the Arts
  • BFA in Theatre (Acting), West Virginia University

Teaching

Directing, Dramatic Literature, Acting and Interdisciplinary course with Theater and Science

Research

Science Theater and Plays
Science-themed play that reclaim discoveries made by female scientist such as Emilie Du Chatelet, Rosalind Franklin, Henrietta Leavitt and other female scientists.

Biography

Ms. Gillman received the 2014 Association for Theatre in Higher Education & The Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Prize for Teaching Innovation for discovering new pathways for student success in the field of theatre through her teaching, directing and scholarship on science-themed plays. She received her MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA in Theater: Acting from West Virginia University. Ms. Gillman is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Union. Her professional directing work has been seen on multiple stages in Florida, California and Minnesota. At Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, Florida, she directed Photograph 51, Dinner with Friends, Collected Stories, Legacy of Light, Pericles, Eurydice, Talley’s Folly, Humble Boy and Mary’s Wedding. She consulted with Mad Cow Theatre on their 1st Annual Science Play Festival.
In Los Angeles, she directed the World Premiere of Bertolt Brecht and W.H. Auden’s adaptation of Duchess of Malfi which was critically acclaimed by the LA Times, Back Stage West, LA Weekly and American Theatre Magazine. She directed the American Premiere of Mad Boy Chronicle, and Terra Nova, which garnered “Critic’s Choice” from the Los Angeles Times. At The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis she directed The Complete Story of the War. At CNU, she received The Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival’s Meritorious Achievement Awards for her direction of Silent Sky, Legacy of Light, Duchess of Malfi and Enchanted April. Gillman oversees the Directing and Dramatic Literature Concentration and teaches directing, acting and dramatic literature courses and her signature class Science on the Stage for both the Honors Program and the Theater and Dance Department.

  • Finalist for the 2019 CUR Arts and Humanities Mentor Award, The Council on Undergraduate Research. (2020)
  • Faculty Excellence Award in Interdisciplinarity, CNU Office of the Provost. (2019)
  • Class 2013 Faculty Development Award for Mentoring and Service, CNU Office of the Provost. (2019)
  • Other
    (2021). "Dr. Frankenstein".
  • Other
    (2020). "The Living".
  • (2020). Science Play Digital Database (scienceplays.org). Pages, 40 posted science play and festival pages.
  • (2019). Science Play Digital Database. Wordpress.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2019). Embodiment, Reciprocity, and Reception: Shakespeare Adaptations in a Black Atlantic Context. Oxford University Press.
  • Other
    (2018). Science Play Digital Database. Pages, 40 posted science play pages.
  • (2018). Science Play Digital Database. Pages, 80 posted science play pages.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). How Science Plays Are Building Interdisiplinary Bridges In The Classroom and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activitiy. SPUR Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. Volume, 1. Issue, 4. Pages, 51-58.
  • Other
    (2017). Science Play Digital Database. WordPress. Pages, 70 posted science play pages.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "One Stone". Women's Voice Festival. Mad Cow Theater. Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "Collected Stories". Mad Cow Theater. Mad Cow Theater. Orlando, FL, USA.
  • Other
    "2nd Annual Science Play Festival-Artistic Director". Trible Library. Trible Library. Newport News, VA, USA.
  • Other
    "2nd Annual Science Play Festival-Disciplinary Mentors". Trible Library. Trible Library. Newport News, VA, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "An Experiment with an Air Pump-Director". TheaterCNU. Peebles Theater. Newport News, VA, USA.
  • Other
    "An Experiment with an Air Pump-Salon Speaker Series". TheaterCNU. Trible Library. Newport News, VA, USA.
  • Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)
    "Science Play Festival-Artistic Director". Paul and Rosemanry Trible Library. Trible Library Theatre. Newport News.
  • Theatre - Interdisciplinary work(s)
    "Science Play Festival-The Children (Direction and Performance)". Paul and Rosemanry Trible Library. Trible Library Theatre. Newport News.
  • Denise Gillman, Lauren Gunderson, Laura Censabella, Science Play Festival, "Drama Club-What is a Science Play?," Orlando, Florida. (2020)
  • Denise Gillman, Kristin Skees, Susan Walsh, Comparative Drama Conference, "Staging Science: Illuminating Science Through the Theatrical Event," Orlando, Florida. (2019)
  • Denise Gillman, American Society of Theatre Research, San Diego. (2018)
  • Denise Gillman, Brooke Sanders,, Comparative Drama Conference, "Launching the online Science Play Catalogue," Orlando, FL. (2018)
  • Denise Gillman, Brooke Sanders, Photograph 51 Salon Speaker Series, "Launching the online Science Play Catalogue," Newport News, Virginia. (2017)
  • Denise Gillman, Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research, "Science on the Stage: How Science Plays are Building Interdisciplinary Bridges in the Classroom and On-Stage," Goodman Theatre Chicago, IL. (2017)
  • Denise Gillman, "Faculty Development Grant," Sponsored by Office of the Provost
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