An accomplished Actor/Creator, Clown, and Director, Hannah Gaff '08 is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and holds a BA in Theatre and The Classical Tradition from Grand Valley State University. Hannah co-founded Bangarang! Theatre Company, an ensemble-based physical performance company. With Bangarang!, she created an acrobatic street show performed on the pier in San Francisco. Additionally, she makes appearances as her clown alter ego, Penelope.
More recently, Hannah contributed her Ancient Greek translation and design skills to We Players for The Odyssey on Angel Island . Hannah has also worked with Rapid Descent Theatre Company, Round Belly Theatre Company, and performed on the Old Vic stage in London with Kevin Spacey’s T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange. She has performed in roles including Imogen in Cymbeline, Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Jocasta in Seneca’s Oedipus.
Her directing credits include The Furies, a production that she trans-adapted from Aeschylus’ Oresteia. Detailing her work on The Furies, Hannah published a paper entitled, “Translating Cultures: Bridging the Ancient and Modern through Trans-adaptation and Performance,” in The Mercurian: A Theatrical Translation Review.
She is a recognized Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.