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.
The popular children’s theatre became an annual production with an 18-performance run and audiences of over 10,000.
Mrs. Lehman decided to use the new outdoor theatre to present eerie, ghostly shows each fall.
The idea for an outdoor courtyard theatre was always predicated upon introducing Shakespeare for performance. What else logically would you present outside, under the stars, BUT Shakespeare?