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Jenna Gerdsen

Published October 27, 2022

Postdoctoral Scholar, Theatre and Performance Research
School of Theatre

FAB 304

Jenna Gerdsen is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Theatre, Florida State University. Her research draws from theatre history, Asian American and Indigenous studies and examines how racial and ethnic identities in Hawaii are constructed and negotiated through dramatic literature and play production. She has presented research at conferences such as the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, Performance Studies International, Comparative Drama Conference and Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Her work has been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Journal of American Drama and Theatre and HowlRound. Forthcoming work will be published in the Encyclopedia of Modern Theatre and an anthology called “Learning Anti-Racism Through the Arts.”


BA, Theatre Arts, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
M.A, Theatre Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California
Ph.D, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Teaching Areas

Play Analysis, Asian American Theatre, Race, Gender, Performance

Research Areas

Theatre of Hawaii, Asian American and Pacific Islander Theatre