Adrienne Gibbons Oehlers (2015-2016 University Fellow) is a PhD student in the Theatre program. Her research and creative work intersects both dance and theatre, focusing on musical theatre, women’s roles on stage, and the evolution of the showgirl. Oehlers received her MA at Ohio State and her master’s thesis, Spectacular Women: The Radio City Rockettes from 1925 to 1971, followed the history and trajectory of the Rockettes as female dancers as well used them as a framework with which to investigate modes of modernity and nostalgia. A professional actor since graduating from college, she has performed extensively in musical theatre, appearing in numerous regional theatres, National and European tours, as a Radio City Rockette, and on Broadway in the original cast of The Producers. She has taught voice, acting, and movement for undergraduates and master classes in dance and audition techniques. Oehlers holds a BA from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she obtained her degree in music with a voice performance concentration and a minor in dance. As an undergraduate, she was the recipient of the Michael Tilson Thomas Music Scholarship and the Irving Berlin Music Scholarship. She is currently a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and her paper “The Radio City Rockettes and the Making of a Sisterhood” was selected to be presented on the 2018 Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel at the ATHE conference and is pending publication in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre.
Oehlers is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, and AGVA.