Anita Gabrosek


Anita Gabrosek

Assistant Teaching Professor

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  • Bachelor's: University of Akron
  • MFA: Ohio University, Film Production
  • MFA: Ohio University, Playwriting



Anita Gabrosek brings a valuable mix of teaching and professional production experience to her role in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Upon graduation from Ohio University, where she earned dual MFA’s in film production and playwriting, she taught playwriting and theatre history in the Theatre School at OU for a year, before heading to New York City. Her first few years in New York, she continued to work in the theatre world, administrating various playwriting awards for New Dramatists, which is one of the country’s leading playwright centers and a nationally recognized new play laboratory. Her time at New Dramatists put her into contact with writers who were laying the foundation for contemporary American dramatic literature, which was stimulating and inspiring to say the least, but her heart belonged to the film world.

She worked professionally in New York for the next 12 years—everything from industrial videos to narrative shorts and features to documentary features to short-form television. Some of her credits include the documentaries "Cropsey" and "Borderline," and the television show "Impractical Jokers." In addition to editing she was also an adjunct instructor teaching editing courses at The Edit Center, The New School for Social Research and New York University, as well as giving private lessons.

Anita came to Penn State in 2014 and she currently teaches courses in documentary filmmaking and screenwriting. In the spring of 2018, she was honored to receive the Deans' Excellence in Teaching award. In conjunction with her work as a teacher, she also continues to edit, primarily short documentaries, she is also an active independent filmmaker working on narrative short films, and she continues to write plays.

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