Cynthia Gendrich
gendricm@wfu.edu
(336) 758-3940
Scales Fine Arts Center, 210
Cynthia Gendrich
Professor
Acting, Directing

Dr. Gendrich is the director of the new Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe).  She also directs annually for the University Theatre, and teaches acting, directing, introduction to theatre, dramatic literature, and first year seminars. The recipient of a 2010 NEH grant from the Enduring Questions program, she is interested in comic theory, acting and directing history, theory, and practice, as well as global forms of experimental theatre.

Gendrich publishes, performs, and directs regularly. Recent directing projects include Marisol, City of Angels, Smash, and Sonnets for an Old Century (a theatre/dance collaboration with colleague Christina Tsoules-Soriano), as well as King Lear with Shakespeare and Company founder Dennis Krausnick, Moonlight and Magnolias at the Parkway Playhouse, and Red Scare on Sunset in Los Angeles with WFU alumni Drew Droege and Sona TatoyanFavorite articles she’s authored or co-authored include “Another Terrain:  Theatre Nohgaku’s Pine Barrens,” for Theatre Topics, “Noise and Nudity: Kyoto’s dumb type,” and “Straight into the Body: Handmade technology and the Akhe Group’s White Cabin,” both in TheatreForum. As well as writing on her own, she’s collaborated with colleagues on both articles and books, including the well-known theatre appreciation text, Theatre, Its Art and Craft.

Courses Taught:
Directing Seminar (THE 340)
Directing II (THE 342)
Directing Workshop (THE 381)
Studio Production (THE 385)
Acting Shakespeare (THE 344)
Acting I (THE 140)
Acting II (THE 245)
Acting Workshop (THE 281)
ClassAct Wake Forest (THE 290)
Introduction to Theatre (THE 110)
Development and Performance (THE 295)
Contemporary World Drama, SE Asia (THE 374/EA Studies 301)
Contemporary Dramatic Literature (THE 294)
Theatre History (THE 260)
Movement I (THE 131)
“Contemporary Drama and Issues of Mortality,” (THE 390, ENG 300) (a service learning course)

First Year Seminars (FYS 100):
“Mirrors and Portraits,” “Why Do People Laugh?”, “The American Family: Explorations in Theatre and Sociology,” (a service learning course), and “The Morality of Joy” (also service learning)

Individual Studies (THE 290):
Stage Management, Scene Study, Acting for the Camera, Audition Techniques, Playwriting,  Screenwriting, Theatre and Magic, Theory and Practice

Degrees:
MA/PhD University of Missouri-Columbia
BFA Illinois Wesleyan University