Gwen Mansfield - H.S & M.S. Drama
Performance Company Director and Mentor
Trying to weave my love for teaching and my calling as a writer together takes focus and constant work. Fortunately, I like work! My teaching emphasis is theatre classes and concurrent credit college classes such as speech. However I have also had the privilege of teaching middle school Bible and 7th and 8th grade English. I have a BA in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University, a MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University and a MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction from University of New Orleans. I began the theatre department at Crosspoint in 1994 and now, 21 years later, I work in The Theatre Space with teacher and director Lauren Walter, who graduated from our Performance Company program. We just finished producing our 39th show at Crosspoint!
Teaching for me is a divine appointment. My role as a teacher exemplifies my mission statement: "I will utilize my gifts as a writer, teacher, humanitarian, actress and director to highlight the redemptive stories of life emphasizing faith, family and concerns for my world." Part of what I enjoy about teaching is discovering with students what it means to be in God's presence, learning to pray beyond our borders and building confidence in Christ through the discipline of learning. I occasionally still find time to act. My work as a writer includes stage plays, films and novels. Novels include Experiment Station Road, and the first book in a post-apocalyptic trilogy, Roll Call. I love running, seeing theatre and road trips in search of local color. My husband, Phil, and children Ellie and Natalie continue to walk this journey of life with me, offering great encouragement.