Hope Campbell Gundlah
Hope joined A Red Orchid in 2021, and she still can’t believe that she gets to write about one of her favorite theaters for a living. She came to AROT with a diverse background in writing, guest engagement, and nonprofit development. Hope writes and designs AROT's internal and external communications and runs AROT's social media accounts.
Originally from Massachusetts, Hope graduated summa cum laude from the University of Chicago in 2020 with BA degrees in Theatre & Performance Studies and English Language & Literature. At UChicago, she performed in nine mainstage productions, was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, was named a Georgiana Simpson Scholar in the Humanities, and received the Theatre & Performance Studies Award for making the most significant student contributions to the Theatre department. Her work experience includes compiling dramaturgy as a Research Fellow at Court Theatre, teaching improv as the Assistant to the Director of the Youth Ensemble at The Revival, and creating proposals as the Grant Writer at Perceptions Theatre.
Hope continues to work as an actor and playwright. She is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent. In addition to A Red Orchid (U/S Summer in The Malignant Ampersands), she has acted with Violet Surprise Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Slam), Possibilities Theatre Company (Smokefall), Underscore Theatre (Moby Dick: A Musical), and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Hope’s own plays include The Poet in White (2020 Olga & Paul Menn Playwriting Award; 2021 finalist, Beverly Arts Center’s New Playwrights Festival), New Bedford (Accidental Shakespeare Company, 2020), The Interns, and Take Me Dancing (2016 Sherwood Collins Playwriting Award).