Gwendolyn Alker

Director of Theatre Studies, Associate Arts Professor

Gwendolyn Alker


BA, Haverford College
MA, PhD Performance Studies, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Research Interests

Gender and performance, Latinx theatre, theories of embodiment, dramaturgy, and curation

Gwendolyn Alker is a teacher, scholar, dramaturge, and curator of events that seek to move between the theory and practice of performance. She has been a full-time faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Drama since 2003, where she teaches theatre and performance studies including classes on gender, Latina/o performance and embodiment. From 2013-2017, she was the editor of the national journal Theatre Topics, where she curated and published special issues including “Theatre and/as Education” and “Latinx Performance." As a curator, she created and organized the New York Fornes Festival in 2010 and the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in 2011. She has published book chapters, articles, and reviews in journals such as Theatre JournalDrama Therapy ReviewTDR, and Dance Research Journal, and is the former managing editor of Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. She has also taught at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and at Naropa University. Additionally, she has been teaching yoga asana in New York City and nationally over the last 15 years.