Gwen Grastorf is a performer and actor in the DC metro area, and has been working professionally in the non-equity community since 2006.  She is a permanent ensemble company member with Happenstance Theater and creates devised work with them throughout the year.  Gwen has worked around town with Constellation Theatre, Taffety Punk, We Happy Few, Rorschach Theatre, The Hub Theatre, Forum Theater, Faction of Fools, The Tarot Reading, Washington Revels, the Source Festival, Graphic Audio, and the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, among others. Raised in Frederick, MD, Gwen has a strong background in dance and music and is happiest when working on physical, ensemble-based shows. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park. You can watch videos of her work here.

Contact: gwen.grastorf@gmail.com

Backstage photo from BAROCOCO in NYC 2022 – pic by Alex Vernon


Commedia Romeo & Juliet




Of Dice and Men


Duchess of Malfi


Cabaret Macabre I, II, and III

Original Production, October 2010 at Round House Silver Spring Photos by Mark Silva Cabaret Macabre II – presented in October 2011 at Round House Silver Spring Photos by Mark Silva Cabaret Macabre III – presented October 2012 at Round House Silver Spring Remounted October 2017 at Baltimore Theatre Project as Cabaret Macabre: The Return Visit… Continue reading Cabaret Macabre I, II, and III


Premiere at the 2015 Capital Fringe Awards.  Subsequent performances in the area and extensive touring, including Baltimore Theatre Project, NY Clown Theatre Festival, Reston Community Center, NextNOW Festival at the University of Maryland, The Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven CT, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont.

Inheritance Canyon

Inheritance Canyon with Taffety Punk Theatre Co, Sept/Oct 2015 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Cabaret Noir

Cabaret Noir – original production October/November 2015 at Baltimore Theatre Project Remounted March/April 2018 at Joe’s Movement Emporium All photos below by Manaf Azzam All photos below by Margaret Hart Photography



The Christmas Revels, December 2015 at Lisner Auditorium


Moxie: A Happenstance Vaudeville – June/July 2016 at Round House Theatre.  All photos by Cheyenne Michaels

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage! A Happenstance Escapade – July 2017 at Round House Theatre    


Original Premiere at the Capital Fringe Festival, July 2018.  All images Photos by Kintz

The Tarot Reading

The Tarot Reading V – at Anacostia Arts Center, May 2019. Photos by Ryan Maxwell Photography. The Tarot Reading III – at Evening Star in Del Ray. 2017. All photos by Ryan Maxwell Photography. Photos by Ryan Maxwell Photography


Happenstance Theater’s Pantheon, Spring 2019 at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier MD in June 2019 Photos by Ryan Maxwell Photography   Original run at Baltimore Theatre Project, April 2019 All photos below by Glenn Ricci

Cabaret Macabre IV

Remounted in 2019 at Baltimore Theatre Project Promo photos by Blonnie Brooks of Wags Media Photos by Glenn Ricci Toured to New Orleans Fringe in 2013, and to the Marigny Opera House and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in 2014 Originally presented at Baltimore Theatre Project in 2013

The 39 Steps

Presented at Constellation Theatre in DC – Feb/March 2020 All images by Cameron Whitman Photography details HERE: https://www.constellationtheatre.org/the-39-steps

Dr. Dour & Peach

The Musical Comedy Webseries! https://drdourandpeach.com/

Pocket Moxie

Originally presented Spring 2022 at Baltimore Theatre Project Photos by Blonnie Brooks of Wags Media https://www.happenstancetheater.com/pocket-moxie

The Juxtapose Tenement

An online experience inspired by the shadow boxes of Joseph Cornell, built during 2020. Using simple video techniques, Georges Méliès inspired film magic, manipulation of objects, puppetry, physical theatre, theatrical clown, sound layering and vintage spectacle, we have conjured portals to hope. And so, as if by Happenstance the project is finding its way to ultimate fruition.… Continue reading The Juxtapose Tenement