Dr. Gwendolyn Starks
BFA – Acting, MCS – Arts, PhD – Theology &Arts
Gwendolyn Starks has been involved in the creative arts as an actor, director, writer, instructor and designer in Canada and the UK for over thirty-five years. As a professional actor she has performed roles such as Anne of Green Gables, and Ms Darbus in High School Musical; leading TV roles with Wayne and Schuster, Jane Eastwood, and David Carradine, and numerous TV commercials and corporate video. She has directed Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare and Wilde as well as Multi-arts performance collaborations. Gwendolyn’s one-woman play: The Living Light: The Visionary Life of Hildegarde Von Bingen sold out at the Toronto Fringe.
Amongst the many things on her plate: performing, parenting, teaching, speaking, writing and directing, Gwendolyn completed her PhD: ‘A Proper Job:” Acting as Work and Vocation in Theological Perspective with Particular Reference to Dorothy L. Sayers, at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. On her return to Canada, she immediately began to support Home Educating families with High School English, Arts, and Theatre classes and has been a Part-time Theatre Instructor at Redeemer University.
Gwendolyn is a member of Canadian Actor’s Equity, Waterdown Village Theatre and the Dorothy L Sayers Society. She is a board member for Historic Waterdown Arts and Culture and is a”liated with the Semaphore Fellowship of Artists. Her current projects include: writing Becoming Dorothy, a 40 minute monologue as the Writer/Theologian Dorothy L Sayers and she is the Facilitator of the FeatherBreath Series at the Flagship Gallery on James St N, Hamilton.
Speaking/course topics include:
Theatre: Acting, Liturgical Theatre, Drama Ministries, Communication
Creative Writing: short story, monologues, plays and adaptations
Sayers: The Woman Who “Singlehandedly put the British Church Back on Track”
E Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake): Canadian Poet and Dramatist
The Feather on the Breath of God: Hildegarde Von Bingen, Artist, Healer and Visionary
The Inklings Not So Inkling: Writers Who Shaped the Thought of Lewis and Tolkien
The Human, the Monster, and the Imago Dei: An Arts and Literature Study
Why Should We Teach Shakespeare?
Updated Jan 2016