Teaching & Workshops
Virginia Grise holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been invited to give lectures about her work and artistic influences at universities across the country. Most recently she served as a Visiting Writer in the Department of English and Literature at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
Grise has over 15 years teaching experience. Her broad range of pedagogic experiences, from San Antonio and Austin public schools to California private colleges, have prepared her to teach students with diverse backgrounds and different needs. She studied critical pedagogy and second language acquisition at The University of Texas at Austin and earned her Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas to teach both Spanish and English as a Second Language at the secondary level. She has developed and implemented innovative arts based curricula in community settings and has taught writing for performance and poetry at the university level, as a public school teacher, in cultural centers, in the juvenile correction system and in women's prisons.
Virginia Grise is available for performances, readings & book signings as well as workshops, classroom visits & lectures at your university, bookstore, theatre or cultural center. Most workshops and readings can be modified to meet the age level and needs of your students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org about booking her for performances and readings, lectures and workshops, or for more information about full productions of her performance work.
READINGS & PERFORMANCE TALKS
Your Healing is Killing Me: A Performance Manifesto (60 minutes)
This performance manifesto seeks to replace individual self-care with collective self-defense. This is one artist’s reflections on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, near-blindness, ansia, the master cleanse, testosterone and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings and kickstarter funded self-care. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, li’l mama assassins and bourgie dermatologists.
Part performance, part lecture, part writing workshop (cuz I shouldn’t be doing all the work) this talk is unprocessed and gluten and guilt free. Because Capitalism is toxic and The Revolution is not in your body butter.
Suitable for: ages 18 & up
Ideal for: Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, English Literature, Art & Activism, Performance Studies & Theatre classes
Tech Needs: Mic & mic stand, music stand & stool, projector, screen, an adapter to connect the projector to a MacBook, a volunteer to run cues, large index cards or a sheet of butcher paper, markers, tape and construction paper.
These Are My Papers Performance Talk (60 minutes)
Part lecture, part performance, part artist talk, These Are My Papers speaks to moving bodies, porous borders and the performance installation rasgos asiaticos, which aims to re-imagine how we think about immigration in the US-Mexico borderlands.
Suitable for: ages 18 & up
Ideal for: Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, English Literature, Art & Activism, History, Performance Studies & Theatre classes
Tech Needs: Mic & Mic stand, music stand, projector, screen, an adapter to connect the projector to a MacBook, a volunteer to run cues.
A Place at the Table: A Performance Experiment in Radical Dialogue (60-90 minutes)
Part performance/part writing workshop/Part free lunch program, Virginia Grise invites you to her "kitchen table" for a conversation centered around issues such as guerrilla entrepreneurship, queer aesthetics, sustainability, and how to make your life/living as an artist. Lunch will be served (cuz artists shouldn't be starving).
Suitable for: ages 18 & up
Ideal for: Art & Activism, Performance Studies & Theatre classes
Tech Needs: Two folding tables (approx. 60 X 30"), 3 butcher knives, 3 cutting boards, and 4 volunteers.
Writing for Performance Master Class (minimum 3-4 days, 3 hour sessions)
Drawing from a long tradition of artists that identify and transform language on all levels, this writing intensive series explores how memory, images, emotion and stories live in the body. A focus on writing for performance though no acting, writing or performance experience is necessary. Open to artists of all experiences and disciplines. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
These Are My Papers (minimum 3 hours)
A companion piece to rasgos asiaticos, this writing intensive workshop is designed to explore the fluidity of time, borders and space and the insurgent possibility of documenting and writing our own stories and histories. No writing, acting or performance experience is necessary. Open to artists of all experiences and disciplines. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
This is a Manifesto! (minimum 3 hours)
A companion piece to Your Healing is Killing Me!, this writing workshop is specifically designed for artists and organizers who want to explore manifesto writing. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
Direct Action Gets the Goods: Performance as an Act of Public Intervention (minimum 2-4 days, 3 hour sessions)
This workshop is an all hands on deck approach to creating theatre that addresses the needs of specific activist campaigns and issues. Looking at techniques for staging both site-specific works and street theatre pieces, we will collectively create an original performance that provokes and/or educates. Can be tailored to the specific organizing campaign of an activist group or organization. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
Other offerings include:
- Creating Solo Performance
- Creating Devised Theatre
- Writing Workshops for Youth
- Creating Documentary Theatre
- Community Based Art Practices
- Writing Workshops for Queer Writers
- Grant Writing & Strategic Planning for Artists
- Arts Pedagogy (including sessions on curriculum design, lesson planning and assessments)