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Catching up with Ted Gregory (MFA ‘00)
Ted Gregory (MFA in Directing, 2000) is making his mark across the globe. A director and Fulbright Scholar to Panamá, Gregory is the creator of an intercultural project entitled ELATE (Educational Latin American Theatre Exchange).
He has recently worked with playwrights María Irene Fornés (Fango), Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Canto del Pozo Ciego), and Marisela Treviño Orta (Spanish language premiere of Braided Sorrow, the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize for Drama award-winner), presenting their work at the premiere ELATE Festival at the National Theatre of Panamá. His ELATE collaboration with playwright Elaine Avila was featured this year in American Theatre.
Beyond ELATE, Gregory has directed premieres by award-winning playwrights including Romulus Linney, David Williamson, Kirk Lynn and Elaine Romero. He has directed workshops of new plays by fellow alumnus Robert Schennkan (The Dream Thief), Robert Langs (An Eclipse of the Son), and Dan Dietz (Body of Water). His productions have been honored with many awards including “Best Production of the Year” by the St. Louis Riverfront Times and “Best Ensemble” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for The Exonerated (HotCity Theatre). Most recently, the world premiere of Jane Austen: Action Figure (Elaine Avila) was chosen “Best of the Fest” by audiences at the International Festival de Cocos (Panamá).
He is the former artistic director of HotCity Theatre where his directing credits included Hot N’ Throbbing (Paula Vogel), Tape (José Rivera), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Paul Rudnick), Prin (Andrew Daves), Tiny Alice (Edward Albee), Lakeboat (David Mamet), among others. His work has taken the stage at Producer’s Club (NY), the Masterworks Laboratory Theatre (NY), the Berlitz Theatre (Phoenix, AZ), Salvage Vanguard Theatre (Austin, TX), Rude Mechanicals (Austin, TX), Teatro Lagartija (Panamá), Teatro Yorick (Panamá), St. Louis Shakespeare, The Muny, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Black Rep.
He has taught and directed at several universities including the University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University, Columbia University, and Lindenwood University where he served as the chair of the Department of Theatre for five years. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award (2010), where he helped establish the first MFA theatre program in Latin America at the University of Panamá. In 2011 he was nominated for the “New Leader Award” by the Institute for International Education for his work in Latin America.