Glamour: What time do you wake up in the morning?

Gina Duncan: I wake up around 6:30 a.m. every morning.

What’s the first thing you do?

The first thing I do is play Wordle and Connections, and then I have coffee and fit in a workout.

Nice! What’s your favorite workout?

I have two favorites. I am a part of a local community where we do group workouts, which is for fun. I’ve been doing that since the pandemic. My other favorite is my new obsession: Tread 50. It’s a 50-minute treadmill class at Orange Theory. I usually do it on the weekends when I have 50 minutes for it, but it’s like playing a video game for me. I’m always trying to beat myself.

When you were a child, what was your dream job?

I wanted to be a librarian, which is dissimilar to what I’m doing now, but it’s still similar because it was about building community through connection, literature, and the arts. So there was a natural programming element to it that I liked.

What was the last great book you read?

Real Estate by Deborah Levy. I ran into an old friend who suggested it. Levy wrote about her life through the lens of real estate at different phases; I recently bought a home, and she’s a single woman buying a home, so there were a lot of parallels there.

Real Estate: A Living Autobiography

What’s your go-to comfortable work outfit?

I like Roucha. They have good structure tops and bottoms that are incredibly comfortable. They have a pair of pants that I think are essentially really fancy sweat material, but you can’t tell. I’m constantly running around, so I want to be comfortable. I also really need comfortable shoes, so I like Schutz. They have really comfortable loafers that I’ve been wearing a lot.

What’s your biggest vice?

I really like bread. My family’s Jamaican, so I love hardo and cocoa bread with its really big, thick pieces. I try and be good about it, but it has to be worth it.

What’s your go-to thank-you gift?

Blackwing Pencils. I love writing in pencil. I got into it during the pandemic where I got up in the morning and wrote down what I want to do for the day. There’s something about writing in pencil that makes it feel good.

During your time at BAM, what has been the most impactful project that you’ve worked on?

I’ve been at BAM twice now. The first time around, I was really proud of what we were able to achieve in the film program. We changed the artistic vision of the program to respond to the [local] community, but also to respond to what was happening in the larger film world—in an effort to shine a light on the contributions that women and people of color have made to film.

What are you most excited to see in the future of BAM?

I’m looking forward to having Alvin Ailey back this spring. He was a resident artist at BAM in his early days so it’s been wonderful to have the company back. It feels like a bit of a return to home.

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