Henry Sheeran (pictured left) is a sophomore at the Gallatin School studying theater making and leadership in the arts. He has had the joy of working as a director of a youth production of Charlotte’s Web as well as Life on the Moon and Dirt with GTT. As a writer, he has been under the mentorship of Kristoffer Diaz and Caridad Svich, and worked on a few full length plays as well as several short plays. His experience working with Gwen is multifaceted: They have directed one another, acted with one another, and now, written with one another. In the works is a full length musical and a play to be produced in New Jersey in the summer of 2016.
Gwen Hornig (pictured right) is a junior in Gallatin developing a concentration titled Theatre of War. She has performed in several Gallatin productions including, Hamlet (Ensemble), Rape of Lucrece (Lucrece), Amphitryon (Amphitryon), and Diamond Alice (Lady Victoria Brittenham). As a producer, Gwen worked on the original student play, Life on the Moon (Spring 2015), and for Gallatin Theatre Troupe’s annual Brandspankin’ New Works Festival (Fall 2015). In the spring of 2015, Gwen directed a workshop of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, which catalyzed her exploration of war and how it is portrayed in theatre. Gwen has worked with Henry on several theatrical projects in the past year and is excited to share this most recent collaboration. Special thanks go out to all those who shared their stories with us and to the wonderful faculty support we received in our pursuance of this mountainous endeavor!
Theatre of War
Our world is shaped by the knowledge of human nature gained in times of war. Combat engages a mode of survival and a code of ethics unseen in peacetime civilization. The theory of the Theatre of War series is that there are facets of the human spirit that lay dormant in civilian life. We do recognize our personal set of experiences: as non-military students studying in New York City, what right do we have to investigate the realities of war? How do we empathize with those affected by war, and tell their stories honorably, while still feeding the voyeuristic desire of the public? We spoke with multiple veterans along this journey, each sharing a new story, each with infinite depth of experience. Our world came into a syllable of contact with theirs, and this is what happened.