Teaching & Workshops
Virginia Grise has over 15 years teaching experience. 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. 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 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 also 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.
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 blu, Making Myth, rasgos asiaticos, or The Mexican as Told by Us Mexicans.
READINGS & PERFORMANCE TALKS
Book Reading of blu (60 minutes)
An intimate reading from Virginia’s book blu published by Yale University Press. An epic poem for the stage, blu traces the explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. The play follows a queer Chicana/o family as they try to envision an earth and sky without police and their helicopters. Themes discussed: policing in schools, the prison and military industrial complex, war, gangs, barrio politics, Chicano masculinity and queer love and desire. Q&A & book signing to follow. Can also be performed as a concert reading with live music.
blu has been taught at Cal State Fullerton, Cornell University, The University of California Riverside, The University of Arizona, Vassar College, The California Institute of the Arts, The University of Richmond, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Notre Dame, The University of Southern California, Dartmouth University, The University of Syracuse, The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Florida State University and The University of California at Santa Cruz. The book has also been used in innovative arts based literacy programs in the prison system.
Suitable for: ages 12 & up
Ideal for: Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, Ethnic Studies, Art & Activism, Political Science, English Literature, Performance Studies & Theatre classes.
Tech Needs: Mic stand & a stool
Theatre of the Rowdy: A Performance Talk (60 minutes)
Not endorsed by any community action group or radical collective, these are one queer cantinera’s recent intimate and irreverent thoughts, dreams and desires that occupy her heart. Written in between book edits, after late nights at gay bars, at a fictionalized taco truck, while she tries to figure out how to live her art without grants or fellowships, despite her recently acquired student loan debts.
Warning: This talk will not cause the collapse of capitalism, though she wishes it would.
Suitable for: ages 18 & up
Ideal for: Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, Ethnic Studies, Art & Activism, Political Science, English Literature, Performance Studies & Theatre classes
Tech Needs: Mic 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.
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 stand & stool, projector, screen, and adapter to connect the projector to a MacBook
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 hours)
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 or performance experience is necessary. Open to artists of all experiences and disciplines. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
Chisme, Chusma, & Chistes: Creating Characters for the Stage (minimum 3 hours)
How to create character monologues from who and what we know because sometimes life is better than fiction. This writing intensive workshop will offer techniques to help you find, write and embody a character’s voice, their manera de ser, and how to capture some of their real life higher than high DRAMA. No acting or performance experience is necessary. Open to artists of all experiences and disciplines. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
Panza Power: Write On! (minimum 3 hours)
A writing workshop specifically designed for young women focusing on panza positive body image, locating yourself and your own voice and writing from the depths of your tripas, the core of your being. For young women ages 12 & up. Dress comfortably. Bring several pens and a new journal.
Direct Action Gets the Goods: Performance as an Act of Public Intervention (minimum 2 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)