Linda Relyea

St. Louis native was exposed to all aspects of theatre at Adams State

ALAMOSA, CO. (June 28, 2022) – St. Louis native, Gwen Garger was a regular feature on the Adams State University Theatre stage; her final performance as Clytemnestra in “Clyt; or, the Bathtub Play,” showcased her acting talents. “I feel very lucky to have had so many opportunities in the Theatre Department to learn and perform many different technical positions and performance roles.”

She received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre during the 2022 spring commencement ceremony at Adams State, in Colorado. She and her partner have already moved to Albuquerque, NM, where Garger began her career in technical theatre and stage acting. She believes the Adams State Theatre Department prepared her well for her profession. “Getting experience in light and set design and stage management, running crew, board operating, and performing for and in productions has tremendously expanded my knowledge and skills in theatre. Experience in all these areas will heavily benefit my goal of working in professional theatre in many different capacities.”

She received federal work-study funds and several scholarships throughout her academic career. Garger graduated in four years with little student loan debt. “I am very grateful to my parents for their financial support.”

The Theatre Department is close-knit and supportive. “My major professors were always aware and supportive of what I was doing and worked with me to receive practicum credit for my light designs, set design, stage management, dance classes, TA positions, etc. I am extremely grateful to my professors for teaching me and caring for me so much.”

As a freshman Garger focused on performing. At Adams State, she grew tremendously in understanding and execution of technical theatre. By the beginning of her sophomore year, she was a master electrician, running the lighting department. She worked in the scene shop and learned how to stage manage. By the end of Garger’s senior year, she was the production stage manager, overseeing the department’s entire production season. She stage-managed 3 shows, set designed one, and light designed 12 productions. “I also grew as an actor with my experience performing in productions, performance classes, and my years in the improv troupe.”


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Gwen Garger