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Discover your ancient artist, shaman, storytelling roots with author, director and theater artist, Barbara L. Gregson.

“I believe in making the theater arts accessible to people of all ages and abilities by using ancient storytelling, theater traditions and methods i.e., mime, acting, storytelling, mask making and mask performance, accompanied by live music. I have performed and shared these theater traditions with students and audiences for 45 years so that they may create, make and perform their own original theater pieces and productions”.

Imagine, Create, Play!

Barbara Gregson provides theater residencies, workshops, presentations of her new book and performances in mime, acting, mask performance, mask making, set design, improvisation, play writing, poetry, public speaking. These are perfect for various organizations, institutions, theaters, colleges, schools and individuals throughout the country.

Theater Residencies! - (10-20 days) at your school, organization or institution. Includes a final original student community performance. Go to Works and Funding pages for more info.

Theater Workshops! (1- 3 days) for students, teachers, professional and beginning performers, artists of all genres, business professionals, lawyers. Great for anyone having to make a speech! Go to Works page for more info.

Arts Consultancies! Do you need help finding grants and funding resources for individual artists, teachers and arts organizations, schools, institutions? Go to Funding page for more information. Find out how you can fund your own arts project or a Gregson Theater project or residency.

Theater Artists Play” (book) - a guide to creating and making your own theater work. Barbara gives book signings at bookstores and arts councils.  She also gives book presentations and workshops specifically tailored to the book. Go to Works and Book pages for more info.

PLEASE NOTE: For any scheduled residency, the organization will receive several free copies of Barbara L. Gregson's book, “Theater Artists Play”, for their teachers & staff. In addition, all participating students in both residencies and workshops can purchase the book at a discount price.


 

 

Who does Gregson Theater work with?

Gregson Theater works with students in elementary/high school and in special education programs and education of migrant worker children. She (Barbara Gregson) works with children and adults with physical, mental and developmental disabilities, adults and juveniles in correctional facilities and also with educators, business leaders and artists of all genres.

"To use a phrase from the 70s, I love to work with the “forgotten populations” and witness their amazing transformations through the theater arts process."

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Greaterford Men's Correctional Facility

Where are the performances?

“I direct shows which are on stages in schools, large capacity community theaters, correctional facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, concert halls, tents, museums, amphitheaters, intimate spaces like black box theaters, storefronts, cabarets, pubs, cafes, libraries and conference rooms, as well as street theater and outdoor performances - anywhere we can get an audience of 2 or 3 or 1000 plus.”

“I started my performance work on the streets of Paris, then toured with Theater Wunder Wurm playing in every type of outdoor stage and Street Theater location for 3 years. It was great training and it taught me how to improvise and handle any situation.”

Gregson Theater directs street theater and outdoor theater performances such as pageants, parades, street theater performances, vignettes on street corners, in parks and town squares, First Friday festivals, train stations, oh and don’t forget boats.

You come up with the idea and venue and I'll tell you how we can make it happen - Barbara Gregson

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“Spirits of the Past “
Actors from the Afton Community Theater
portraying Guilford historical characters (1800-1900s)
Town of Guilford, NY   2015

Barbara Gregson biography

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It all started with Mary Poppins (the movie), and my great grandmother’s clothes, which became our costumes.

At age 10 , I directed my two younger sisters and neighborhood kids in my adaptation of Mary Poppins (the 1964 screen version). When the kids would drop out or be fired by me, (even though I made them sign a contract), I would end up playing their parts. I ended up playing three parts, Burt, the father and a chimney sweep, plus I was probably the narrator as well. We performed for our school and families and another school. I was hooked. All through elementary school I was allowed to continue “dressing up” writing plays, taking drama classes, then apprenticing with theater companies through middle school. I went to a very liberal artsy high school, The George School, in which I majored in theater. «Learn more»

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After graduation from high school, (1972-74), I wanted to study classical theater and go to the roots of English theater where it all began for the English speaking world. So I went to London, England and studied at two different drama schools, Studio 68 and The Drama Studio. Then on to Hamburg, Germany where I worked with an avant garde theater company called “Rost”, Rust in (English) exclusively in non-speaking roles because I didn’t speak German. That experience began my love of mime and taught me how to express myself without words. I then took a mime workshop with Ella Jaroszewicz and then decided to go to Paris to continue my studies with her (1976).

Back in Germany after a year in Paris and I started with Peter Baer, a German actor and created a touring group, "Theater WunderWurm". We toured for three years throughout Europe in town squares, cabarets and international theater.

I returned to the US in 1980 and moved to Philadelphia PA which has been my base for 36 years.

I created Mimsik with jazz musician Tony Miceli (1982-1995) in which I began my work performing and facilitating theater residencies in correctional facilities, (adult and juvenile), schools, and institutions of all kinds.

I started and directed the Magee Players for 10 years which was a theater troupe of adults who were recovering from injuries and strokes. The Magee Players were sponsored by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia.

I also created and ran The Independence Arts Studio 2007-2010 in Philadelphia, with Liberty Resources, a professional arts studio for adults with and without disabilities.

I was the winner of the 2007 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. The “Transformation Award” is given to women artists in the Philadelphia area, who “make art to create social change.”

I continue to work today as an “artist in the community” and “artist in residence” in the small rural villages and towns of up-state NY (where I live part of the year), and also in Philadelphia and other major cities on the East coast.

I receive “Artist in the Community” and “Arts in Education” grants from New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and local arts councils as well as organizations and foundations. I recently completed my book entitled “Theater Artists Play”.

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Call Today (607 895 6032) for a Free Consultation regarding how your organization can create an original theater piece or hold a theater arts workshop with Gregson Theater.

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