Gwenfair is an accomplished stage actor who has a passion for working in the theatre. She has performed regularly on stages in New York, in U.S and UK regional theater, as well as touring internationally. Described as a strong, versatile actor, with a gift for comedy and drama, her performances have received critical recognition, and include playing familiar characters in classical plays and originating roles in new work. She has performed in a variety of accents, and in a range of venues, from large proscenium arch theatre's to intimate black boxes and outdoor spaces.
Gwenfair's New York stage debut was as the title role in 'Miss Julie’, the late nineteenth century controversial naturalistic tragedy by August Strindberg. Gwenfair embraced portraying the complex aristocrat, who was 'brought up to act and think like a man', and whose illicit dalliance with a male servant leads to her ultimate destruction. Her performance in the demanding role received praise from the New York theatre industry, and the production was Gwenfair's New York theatrical producing debut.
Following her portrayal of Miss Julie, Gwenfair was cast to portray the female lead in the Off-Broadway production of
The Cinnamon Moths', a tense, thought provoking, dramatic work set in a dystopian future. Gwenfair received critical recognition for her performance in the American entertainment industry trade publication, Backstage:
"Gwenfair Vaughan setting the tone for the evening with her focused, emotional portrayal"
As a company member of New York's Irish Repertory Theater Company, Gwenfair also received critical recognition from New York's Irish Voice and ABC News, New York, for her portrayal of Biddy Madigan in 'The Shaughraun' by Don Boucicault. Although Gwenfair broke a leg acting in the Irish Victorian melodrama, she carried on performing on wooden crutches especially made to match her 19th century costume!
"Gwenfair Vaughan plays Biddy Madigan that's worthy of the ticket price alone!" 'Irish Voice', New York
"Gwenfair Vaughan is very memorable as a professional mourner at a lurid Irish wake" ABC News, New York
Gwenfair has also enjoyed the challenges of a solo performance in 'Turnham Bloody Greene' with Mind the Gap Theater, New York. Her portrayal of Alice, sharing the story of her lonely life whilst stranded on the platform of the London train station, was told through tears and humor and was praised by a BBC correspondent:
"Gwenfair Vaughan's performance as the lonely Alice is moving and bittersweet".
Amongst Gwenfair's other New York performances, was her portrayal of Hesione Hushabye in excerpts of George Bernard Shaw's comedy 'Heartbreak House' with The Pearl Theater, at the classical theater company's 30th anniversary celebrations at their theatre on 42nd Street. In Cabaret Danzon, the international cabaret at La MaMa Theatre, she took on one of the leading roles as a Welsh bard, inspired by the characters in 'Waiting for Godot'. Likewise, she played the female lead in 'Tittle Tattle' in The British Invasion Comedy Festival at Ars Nova, as well as playing the lead in a number of concert readings, including the lead in 'A 'Woman of Flowers' at 'The Midtown International Theater Festival Concert Series'. She has has also played the female lead in additional productions with Mind the Gap Theater, and in private theatre industry readings for the development of new work in New York.
Gwenfair has also had the he pleasure of performing in U.S regional productions of 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Under Milk Wood', in which she portrayed a number of the wonderful characters penned by Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas. She relished the opportunity to transition from one character to the next in the Welsh classic, portraying them in a number of Welsh dialects, whilst also sharing the role of First Voice, which she narrated in a Standard American accent. Her performance received critical recognition in a Pennsylvania Welsh Society Review
“…the gem of the evening, Gwenfair Vaughan was my personal favorite, who will really catch your eye and attention with her talent, charm and presence”
Gwenfair has also toured internationally. She originated the female lead, Ceridwen the vengeful witch, in the award winning 'Taliesin' theater show, which received 'The Waterford Audience Choice Award’ at the Dublin International Theater Festival. The production performed separately in Welsh and English, was based on the Welsh mythical tale of the birth of the 6th century bard Taliesin, and was told with physical comedy, music and dance. The show went on to great touring success, performing in North America, Asia and Europe for a number of years, whilst receiving critical recognition from from an array of publications, including The Irish Times and The Irish Guardian.
Amongst Gwenfair's other critically recognized performances, was her portrayal of Rebecca in 'Into the East' with Wales' Specatcle Theatre. The moving and dramatic play told how the children's opera, Brundibar first came into existence in the ghettos of German-occupied Czechoslovakia
"Gwenfair Vaughan played Rebecca, As she chewed on the tongue of her shoe to ease the pangs of hunger, you felt that hunger. lt was a moving and dramatic performance in which she made you feel guilty for the atrocities that were portrayed. An outstanding performance."
In London, Gwenfair performed in the ensemble cast in 'Raw Women & Cooked Men' at The Warehouse Theatre, which also received critical recognition. A comedic show, exploring love and attraction, it was based on the works of French philosopher Roland Barthes, and was a sold out success.