Science Play Team










Denise Gillman is an Associate Professor of Directing & Dramatic Literature at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, VA and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Union member. For over a decade, science-themed plays have been a major focus of her teaching, research and scholarship and both her professional and educational directing activity. At CNU, she teaches “Science on the Stage” for the Honors Program. Nationwide, she is one of only a few professors teaching a course that promotes interdisciplinarity between the arts, humanities and sciences. She has given many science play presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Ms. Gillman received the 2014 Association for Theater in Higher Education and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Prize for Teaching Innovation for discovering new pathways for student success in the field of theater through her teaching, directing and scholarship on science-themed plays. She has created, along with some former and current students, a science plays catalogue website ( that provides information about published science plays. Questions or inquiries regarding her science play work can contact her at














Brooke Sanders is a senior at Christopher Newport University majoring in Communications and minoring in Digital Humanities. In June, 2016, Brooke completed her first internship with Dominion Enterprises in Norfolk, Virginia for college credit where she proposed content ideas and promoted events for global customers. In the Spring of 2017, Brooke then completed her second internship with Dominion Enterprises where she took on more responsibilities, managing over 500 client accounts. During the summer of 2017, Brooke worked at LRL Racing as a Sports Marketing Intern. There she customized proposals and presentations for NASCAR clients. In February 2017, Brooke started the science plays catalogue beside Denise Gillman, where she has created over 30 blog posts. Brooke Sanders can be found at














Trevor Hoag (@DrHoagCNU) is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Digital Humanities at Christopher Newport University. His forthcoming book, Occupying Memory: Rhetoric, Trauma, Mournin, investigates the rhetoricity of memory in relation to clinical/political struggle, and his articles have appeared in the journals EnculturationHybrid Pedagogy, and Liminalities. Dr. Hoag’s professional website can be found at:











Shannon Farrow played the role of Henrietta Leavitt in the collegiate premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s science-themed play Silent Sky at Christopher Newport University. Farrow’s thesis research “Act Like a Scientist: Science Theater as a Creative Approach to Address Gender Disparity in STEM Careers” was presented at the Paideia Conference, received Christopher Newport’s Cupola Award, and is published in their journal of undergraduate research. She graduated from Christopher Newport with her B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts (2016) and her M.A. in teaching (2017). She most recently worked as a Museum Educator for the Virginia Air and Space Center and STEM Mentor for the STEM 360 Research Grant in Hampton, Virginia. She now teaches third grade in Henrico County, Virginia with an emphasis on using the arts to improve STEM education.














Danielle Hartman received her B.A. in Theater and English from Christopher Newport University and M.F.A in Theater Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University where she wrote her thesis, “In Pursuit of Women Scientists: Using Science Plays to Promote Women Entering STEM Disciplines.” She presented this work at the 2015 Southeastern Theater Conference and at the 2016 Comparative Drama Conference. Her thesis was also awarded the Association for Theater in Higher Education and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV Prize for Innovative Graduate Studies in early 2016. Hartman’s play Core of Temptation won the 42nd Annual National Playwriting Competition hosted by Wichita State University where it was produced in 2016. Her play tackles the question of religion versus science in the creation of the universe. She currently works as an educator at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Mary Washington.