About Spencer Gjerde

Spencer Gjerde is a graduate student currently enrolled in IU's scenic design program. He completed his undergrad education in theatre at Loyola University Chicago, where he acted as scenic designer and props master on shows including She Kills Monsters, Tin Types, and Eurydice. His senior thesis project was a devised piece entitled The Importance of Being Gendered. It was a queering of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, performed with an all queer cast, that gave audiences a light, comedic look at being a transgender individual in today's world. At graduation, he was awarded the Michael Merritt Design Award, granted to a Loyola student who shows a passion for theatrical design, and strong leadership skills.

Post graduation, he went on to act as resident designer at Timber Lake Playhouse, where he designed Born Yesterday, Forever Plaid, and The Hounds of the Baskerville. He has worked with The House Theatre of Chicago, and The Chicago Children's Theatre. While at Children's, he helped to design Red Kite, Green Mountain, and interactive piece of theatre that used songs and puppets to grant children on the autism spectrum an outdoor camping experience. This project toured from Vermont to Chicago, and was an absolute joy to work on.

Spencer hopes to continue to make a name for himself in the Chicago theatre scene post graduation, where he hopes to settle down with his lovely girlfriend Amelia, and their dog, Deeogie.

Recent Credits

From the Ground Up

IU Theatre — Scenic Designer/Props Master

Water by the Spoonful

IU Theatre — Assistant Scenic Designer/Scenic Charge

By the Bog of Cats

IU Theatre — Props Master