Chelsea Gregory is a community-engaged dance theater artist,Â writer, educator andÂ cultural organizerÂ originally from Atlanta, GA.Â She was recently part of the touring cast of Cornerstone Theater Companyâ€™s â€œCalifornia: The Tempest,â€ a community-engagedÂ adaptation of Shakespeareâ€™s “Tempest” that addressed issues such as food equity, immigrationÂ reform, climate change and the prison industry. Other recent performances include â€œMapa Corpoâ€ withÂ Guillermo GomÃ©z-PeÃ±a, a workshop performance of Andrea Thome’s “Necklace of the Dove,” and a performance piece called â€œBody Storiesâ€ based on research by somatic psychologists on how oppression impacts the body. Recent choreography projects include Working Theater’s “Bamboo in Brooklyn” by Ed Cardona, and PopUP Theatrics’ site-specific immersive “Broken City: Harlem” written by Sandra Daley Sharif and Peca Stefan.Â She also developed and directed a street theater initiative for the Berkeley VS Big Soda campaign, which led to the first successful soda tax measure in the US. She was a contributing writerÂ for Oregon Shakespeare and One Minute Play Festival’s “Every 28 Hours,” a community-engaged theater project addressing the impact of police violence on Ferguson, MO. She is currently serving as a member of the Cultural Competency Team for Every 28 Hours,Â supporting host communities to ensure that the project is produced with integrity and accountability to those most impacted by these issues.
HerÂ original work has been presented at venues such asÂ The Culture Project, LaMamaÂ ETC, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, The Living Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance and Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York City; LA Womenâ€™s Theater Festival in Los Angeles; La Pena Cultural Center in the BayÂ Area; and 7 Stages in Atlanta, GA. Her solo performance pieceÂ “The 6 Project” explored how cultural identity shapes our point of view, and is based on interviews conducted around the Jena 6 Case, where 6 young black men were unjustly sentenced after racial conflicts initiated by white students. 6 Project performances, workshops & dialogues took place in 12 US cities, engaging over 2000 people in the work of racial healing. From 2005-2008, she was part of the touring cast of Eve Ensler and JaneÂ Fonda’s co-production “We Got Issues!” and worked as a choreographer for Cornerstone Theater Company’s Summer Institute, Yadira De La Riva‘s “One Journey”Â and several other theatrical productions. Directing credits include â€œDance Me Free,â€ aÂ play devised with Bristol Riverside Theaterâ€™s Teen Company exploring theÂ transformative power of dance, “Future Academy” for Queens Theater in the Park’s youth theater festival, and Girls for Gender Equityâ€™s â€œYo Shorty,â€ a performance piece about young women’s safety in public schools.
Ms. Gregoryâ€™s poetry is published in anthologies such as The Charis Review, Steve Cannon’s “Gathering of the Tribes” and “We Got Issues: A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life.” She also contributed a chapter to Jlove Calderon’s book â€œOccupying Privilege,â€ discussing theater as aÂ vehicle for racial justice and healing. As a dancer she has performed with MovementÂ for the Urban Village, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Beacon Dance Company and Ned Williams Dunham Dance Company, and studied with The LimÃ³nÂ Institute, Urban Bush Women, the Boston Ballet, Ron K. Brown and Baba Richard Gonzales. She receivedÂ her B.A. in “Community Empowerment and Creative Culture” from New York University,Â and her M.F.A. in “Theatre and Contemporary Performance” from Naropa University.
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Actress in Murder the Machine in Poetic License 2014