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Wendy Gourley

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

When Wendy comes to your school, she brings a unique background as a seasoned storyteller, a theatre performance graduate, a nationally award-winning children’s playwright, a skilled story analyst and an experienced teacher. She blends all these disciplines as she designs a residency that addresses your school’s specific needs. Wendy’s warm and engaging manner and curricular-based teaching will be a great addition to your classroom and school.

Wendy has helped students:

  • Write and perform their own original class plays.
  • Move beyond “beginning, middle and end” to look at story through power dynamics and the functions characters play to create a better understanding of how and why story works.
  • Learn the skills of storytelling, as writers and performers, and perform in a storytelling concert.
  • Process community and personal issues such as bullying, drug abuse and violence through story and writing.
  • Explore cultural and historical subjects through folklore and stories.
  • Gain confidence as they learn new skills.


Wendy’s experience includes:

  • Adjunct professor at Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts
  • Artistic Director for the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference
  • Playwright-in-Residence at the Noorda Children’s Theatre
  • Founder and Director for Resonance StoryTheatre
  • Founder and Co-Director of VocalWorks, a top-rated youth program at The Egyptian Theatre, Park City
  • Music and drama teacher at The Colby School, Park City
  • Certified Mu

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