Gretchen Wingerter
Illinois State alumna Gretchen Wingerter ’92.
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Acting alumna Gretchen Wingerter ’92 received the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Gold Medallion for her contributions to teaching and producing college theater.

One of the great honors in theatre education, the award is among the most prestigious given by the organization. Wingerter received a master’s of fine arts from the University of Idaho and became an instructor of theater at Bowling Green State University—Firelands in 2012.

She is credited with creating the 24-Hour Theatre Festival. The event tests creativity by requiring students to write, rehearse, and perform original short plays within 24 hours.