Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Gretchen Wylder ’07, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, has announced that their digital video series These Thems–The Queer Comedy Series is streaming for free through June on Outfest Now, presented by Outfest, a global nonprofit media organizations that creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change. To view episodes of These Thems, click here.
Wylder is the creator, star, writer, and executive producer of These Thems, which launched on February 27, 2020, on the OML YouTube channel. The narrative digital series, shot in New York City’s Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs in December 2018, follows the lives of a newly out lesbian making up for lost time, a nonbinary educator intent on training the straights, a trans man who is comfortably in the closet, and a lovelorn gay best friend. The series focuses on a wide range of queer identities through a humorous lens, while representing those identities authentically. All queer characters are played by out actors that identify the same way, allowing audiences to truly connect to and empathize with the very people whose stories they are trying to tell.