Upper School Drama Apprentice
Gwen Hornig is the upper school drama apprentice. Ms. Hornig recently graduated with a B.A. from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Acting: An Education in Empathy. Her artistic and academic focus throughout school centered on the works and writing of William Shakespeare, the Ancient Greeks, and Bertolt Brecht, with a particular interest in the characterization of trauma in dramatic texts. Her most recent work focuses on the embodiment of emotional memory and experience, and the western history of women and mental illness. Ms. Hornig completed a senior thesis in spring 2018 entitled, “Theatre Education in the United States Public School System: The Pathway to Empathy and Discovering the Adolescent Self,” which incorporates her work as a theatre artist with her passion for teaching. During her gap year in 2016-2017, Ms. Hornig volunteered as the upper school drama intern at BPC, and she is excited to return to the drama classroom this year!
Why I Work with Children
I think there is profound value in a child’s candor and vulnerability. I seek to foster those qualities as sources of strength, individuality, and empathy as each child figures out how they move through the world.
A Favorite Book
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk. I am forever in awe of the body’s incredible synchronicity with the emotional mind and memory.