Teacher and Speaker
Gwen Adams is a Visiting Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute, Denver, CO, and has twelve years of experience as a teacher and catechist. She has presented at the Center for Ethics and Culture Conference (University of Notre Dame), the Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization (Benedictine College), the Archdiocese of Seattle, Diocese of Burlington, the Diocese of Superior, and other locations around the country.
Her work has appeared in the Church Life Journal and Faith and Culture. She is a contributor to Why Believe?, and has developed curriculum for Vianney Vocations and the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ. She is the author of By an Unexpected Way (Augustine Institute Press, 2019), Writer-in-Residence at St. Boniface Catholic Church, and President of the Aquinas Educational Foundation. She is also the author of several plays, including The Other Wiseman: A Festival of Lessons and Carols, Two Commedia dell’Arte Plays for the Modern Stage, and Puss-in-Boots & The Return of Puss-in-Boots.
Director & Playwright
Dr. Adams has been working with youth and young adults to connect faith and theater for eighteen years. Directing credits include Puss-in-Boots (2019), Hickscorner (2012, 2001); Life Is a Dream (2012, 2001); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005); Commedia dell’Arte theater “The Flower of Beauty” and “The Secret Room” (2005); The Other Wiseman (2004, 2003); and Uncle Vanya (2003). She was awarded a grant by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in 2005 to produce street theater events.
The Maryvale Institute, once home to St. John Henry Newman
Dr. Gwen Adams earned a PhD at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, UK, for a multi-disciplinary study on priest-parishioner relationships in the field of pastoral theology (Supervisors: Dr. Catherine Kavanagh, Rev. Peter Stravinskas, Dr. Catherine Knowles).
She earned an MA in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, MN. Her master’s level work concentrated on the formation of worldview, the role of literature, and the writings of Alasdair MacIntyre (Supervisor: Rev. Michael J. Keating). MacIntyre’s work also figured largely in her PhD research as she explored priest-parishioner relationships from a Thomistic-Aristotelian perspective. She is conversant with social science methods, history and religious research on the Catholic Church in the United States, and the challenges to Catholic education, evangelization, and culture in the 21st century.