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Gillian Hemme

Gillian Hemme received her BA in Theatre from Grinnell College and her MA in Theatre and Performative Practices from University College Cork. Her work uses embodied practices and autoethnography to investigate transgenerational carceral trauma. Gillian’s recent research has focused on Catholic Church-run carceral institutions, including Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes. She has served as the director of Piven Theatre Workshop’s EPIC (Ensemble Play in Corrections) program at Cook County Jail since co-founding it in 2016. She is a recipient of a Mellon Cluster Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Gillian is also a performer, playwright, and director. She invites you to learn more about her work at