Artistic and Education Director
Gwendolen Hardwick oversees the design and implementation of all CAT programs in schools and community sites. During her 25-year career at CAT, she has created and led CAT’s pioneering Healthy Choices HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention initiative, in partnership with the NYS Department of Health/AIDS Institute. She has also led special projects for the NYC Department of Correction, Fresh Air Fund, Nickelodeon, The Women's Sport Foundation, The National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and the Liz Claiborne, Inc. initiative against domestic violence, among others. Internationally, she has spearheaded educational theatre models with theatre companies in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, the Republic of Ireland., and led a three-year collaboration with three South African universities to develop and direct theatre pieces addressing HIV/AIDS education and health issues affecting women and children. Her career in theatre also encompasses credits as actor, writer, director, and/or producer for numerous award-winning, critically acclaimed Off- and Off-Off Broadway productions. Ms. Hardwick studied at the Afro-American Studio for Acting and Speech and was a founding member of Ernie McClintock's 127th Street Repertory Ensemble. She earned her B.F.A. at New York University. She joined CAT in 1985.