Actor and producer Maggie Contreras might have graduated from the Corcoran theatre program in 2006, but she still remembers her time at GW like it was yesterday. When asked of her memories at the Corcoran, Contreras is excited to recall chai lattes, walking through the snow after a late night study session, and doing her homework outside the opera house at the Kennedy Center while watching the opera on the lobby monitors. She explains that she has many stories about her time here and that her professors had a lifelong impact on her.
Recalling a field trip with Professor Carl Gudenius to work for an afternoon at an ABC studio building the set for the George Stephanopoulos show, she says, “It was my first time on a working tv set and I still remember the sounds, smells, being proud of our work and meeting George.” Another of her professors, Alison Currin, gave her a note during a sophomore scene study acting class on her work that caused what she calls “a complete breakthrough in [her] understanding of our creative craft.”
Since graduation, Contreras has taken the film community by storm as the producer of Gilbert, a documentary following the life and experiences of legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, was bought by Hulu and has received praises from the likes of Judd Apatow and Rolling Stone. Gilbert is lauded as “the sweetest, filthiest movie I’ve ever seen” by comedian and television host Doug Benson, while comedian Howie Mandel describes it as a “brilliantly amazing surprise,” saying, “I have always loved Gilbert Gottfried’s comedy. Now, this film will make everyone love the man.”
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