Gretchen has appeared on and off Broadway and in leading roles in prominent regional theatres across the country including the New York, New Jersey and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals, Circle-in-the-Square, the Eugene O’Neill Festival, the Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum among others. In addition she has appeared in numerous films, television series and movies made for television. Her local stage appearances have included productions for Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Rep, Sojourn Theatre and Portland Center Stage. She received lead actress awards for Happy Days, Molly Sweeney, It Had to Be You and A Lesson from Aloes in Portland and for The Fox and Voice of the Prairie in Los Angeles. An award-winning director, Gretchen was the Resident Director for the ASK Theatre in Los Angeles, a theatre that nurtured new plays and playwrights and founded and for ten years ran the Haven Project in Portland, a non-profit theatre that paired underserved children with professional actors to create original theatre.