An all-around gifted performer with demonstrated talent in living history, who communicates artistic passion through storytelling.
Since tutelage under Attorney and Professor Lloyd Barbee at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Gwendolyn has been a committed scholar of African American Studies, in particular Women of Color. Embracing her passion Gwendolyn began Historical Performing in 1998, at The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures as an Educational Interpreter. Perusing historical documents at the Institute heighten her enthusiasm for sharing, so much so, she applied for and received credentials as a Professional Tour Guide and was invited to update the Professional Tour Guide (African-American Studies portion) in their training manual. In between, a tour guide, an educational interpreter, sub-teacher, her love for storytelling gained momentum.
Moving to Connecticut in the fall of 2001, after marrying John Presutti, Gwendolyn brought her love of storytelling and passion for history with her. She was hired by the Connecticut Historical Society Museum as an educator and has been an Artist-In-Residence for more than ten years. Gwendolyn has performed in New England as well as across the United States - the grounds of the Alamo in Texas - in a two hundred-year-old fishing village church on the grounds of Mystic Seaport, to the elegance of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Induction ceremony as Keynote speaker to standing in front of a twenty-foot bonfire in the mountains of Vermont.
Member of The Connecticut Storytelling Center, ASCH Association for Study of Connecticut History, The African American Museum, New England History Teachers Association and The International Museum Theatre Alliance IMTAL.
Performing Artist roster: - Social Theatre Young Audiences of Connecticut Arts for Learning- The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism - The New Hampshire Humanities Council - Humanities to GO! New England Foundation for the Arts - Nassau BOCES Arts in Education NY and The Johnston Modeling Agency.
In recognition of the quality and range of her work, she received The Institute of Texan Cultures Director’s Award for Excellence, The Greater Hartford Arts Council/The Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, 1st place International Toastmaster (Interpretive Reading) Award. Crowned 2010 Ms. Senior Connecticut America.