Over the course of four and half decades, Gwen built a highly sophisticated theatre program at Stephen Decatur High School from the ground up. Learn more about the history of the theatre program below!
History of the Theatre Program at SDHS
At SDHS, Gwen developed a well-respected, highly sought-after theatre program, producing hundreds of performances and touching the lives of thousands of students across four decades by the time of her retirement in 2015.
In 1995, the Gladys C. Burbage Courtyard Theatre – a rare outdoor theatre housed in the heart of a public school – was conceived and brought to fruition by Mrs. Lehman and her students.
Like the theatre program itself, SDHS’ children’s theatre began small and grew huge. From a beginning that featured one performance for one small school, it grew to eighteen performances for more than thirty schools with an audience approaching, and sometimes reaching, 10,000 children and adults.