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Gwen Arment

Artistic Director and Producer

Hell's Kitchen Musicals

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Hell's Kitchen Musicals

Background Information

Employment History

Director of Musical Theatre Development

Abingdon Theatre Company Inc

Artistic Director

Musical Mondays Theater Lab Inc

Associate Producer

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Piano and Voice Teacher

Valparaiso University


undergraduate degree

Indiana University School

master classes

musical theater

Indiana University

Web References (21 Total References)

Hilariously Charming Musical Comedy ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ Closes Out Weathervane Playhouse’s 77th Season! - Weathervane Playhouse [cached]

The production is directed and choreographed by Gwen Arment with musical direction by John Ebner.

GWEN ARMENT did her undergraduate work at the Indiana University School of Music in piano and voice and her Masters work in Theater History at Hunter College. She also studied at London's National Theatre. Based in New York City, she performed there as well as on tour and in regional theaters before starting a career in producing, directing and teaching. In the New York area, she has directed at the Abingdon Theatre, Theatre 315, The Theatre Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre (associate producer 1995), Broadway Theatre Institute for Musical Mondays Theatre Lab (artistic director 2002-2003) and The Century Center. Nationally, she also has directed at the South Jersey Regional Theater; Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine; Charles Playhouse in Boston; Pennsylvania Stage Company; Mishler Theatre in Altoona, Pennsylvania; and at the Royal Palm Festival Theater in Florida, where she received Carbonell nominations for choreography and performing. At Ohio Northern University in 2010 and 2011 Gwen had the pleasure of directing and choreographing Urinetown and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has also given master classes in musical theater at both ONU and Indiana University. As a teacher of professional actors, alongside guest faculty instructors from the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, she produced and taught Shakespeare workshops in New York City and at Western Connecticut State University. In addition, she instructed in piano and voice at Valparaiso University as well as theater history at Hunter College. In 2004, she co-founded and currently remains the artistic director and producer for Hell's Kitchen Musicals (HKM), a company that develops new works with readings, staged readings and showcases. Most recently, HKM produced the new musical Peg O' My Heart for New York City's 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival. It won the award for best musical. Among the many celebrated artists with whom Gwen has worked are Gower Champion, Peter Gennaro, Donald Saddler, Christopher Hewitt, Bob Herget, Tommy Tune, George Faison and Ron Lagomarsino.
When performing the role of Lola in Damn Yankees, Gwen danced Bob Fosse's original choreography, having been taught and supervised by the original Lola, Gwen Verdon.

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Gwen Arment

Gwen Arment (Director of Musical Theatre Development)
Gwen Arment studied for her undergraduate degree in music at Indiana University School of Music and her masters in theater at Hunter College in Manhattan.She has performed on Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, at regional theaters and on TV with such artists as Tammy Grimes and Howard Keel (Unsinkable Molly Brown), Dolores Gray (Gypsy), Bob Hope (opening for him twice), Don Porter (How to Succeed in Business...), Eva Gabor (Applause), William Christopher (Run For Your Wife), Avery Schreiber (Showboat), Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ann Miller, Dionne Warwick, Carol Lawrence, and Helen Gallagher.She performed in two tours of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Susan Hartley and one with Jan Buttram.On the tour starring Barbara Eden, she met her husband Steve Belida.They still sing and dance together - Gwen and Steve, that is.She also performed (as a child) for USO in the Pacific Command during the Vietnam War.Gwen has been directed and/or choreographed by Gower Champion, Christopher Hewitt, Ron Lagomarsino, George Faison, Peter Masterson, and Peter Gennaro.When she played Lola in Damn Yankees, directed by Bick Goss, she danced Bob Fosse's original choreographey and was supervised by Gwen Verdon.For her portrayal of Ella Peterson in Bells Are Ringing, Gwen received a Carbonnell nomination.
Among the shows Gwen has directed and/or choreographed are George M, Little Me, Good News, Sugar (Some Like It Hot), Bell, Book, and Candle, I Do!I Do!, Milk and Honey, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Babes in Arms, The Fantasticks, and Dirty Blonde.She taught piano and voice at Valparaiso University and theater history at Hunter College as well as storytelling classes for young tutors through Hunter's English department.Gwen has been a teaching artist in the New York City public schools and has worked with Alzeimer patients in Brooklyn using creative storytelling.She has taught creative drama for her own Shakespeare workshops, which she produced.Her guest teachers have included Selina Cadell, Michael Thomas and Jack Murphy from the National Theatre and RSC, and Americans Bill Metzo, Bick Goss, Tony Randall, B.H. Barry and professor Patricia Sternberg of Hunter College.
Gwen has served as associate producer for Ensemble Studio Theater and as artistic director for Musical Mondays Theater Lab.

Musical Mondays in BMI's Music People [cached]

Pictured here after the performances are (front row): Workshop writers Maryrose Wood, Neil Bartram, Beth Falcone, Susan Murray, Martin Fernandi, Helen Guditis, CEO of Broadway Theater Institute and Pat Cook, co-producer of the evening and Artistic Coordinator of the BMI Workshop, (back row): Ben Toth; Andy Monroe; Rick Freyer, co-producer of the evening and co-moderator of First Year Workshop; Frank Evans, producer of the evening and member of Workshop Steering Committee; BMI's Jean Banks; Bick Goss, Producing Director; and Gwen Arment, Artistic Director of Musical Mondays.

Read a 'Beacon Journal' Interview with ... [cached]

Read a 'Beacon Journal' Interview with 'Drowsy Chaperone' Director/Choreographer Gwen Arment Thursday, June 7, 2012 2:53:00 PM The Akron Beacon Journal published an interview today with Drowsy Chaperone director/choreographer Gwen Arment.

Post List - Weathervane Playhouse [cached]

Read a 'Beacon Journal' Interview with 'Drowsy Chaperone' Director/Choreographer Gwen Arment Thursday, June 07, 2012 2:53:00 PM The Akron Beacon Journal published an interview today with Drowsy Chaperone director/choreographer Gwen Arment.

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