LEADERSHIP

Gregory presenting at the Power Plays Summit held at Arena Stage in December 2019.

Since 2018 Gregory has served as the Producing Director of 4615 Theatre Company, where he drives the season programming process, stewards the development of new work, and manages internal company affairs.

As an arts leader, he has worked in fundraising, marketing, research, and administration at institutions including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and Arena Stage where he served as the 70th Season's Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow.

PROJECTS

BIPOC EMERGING THEATRE LEADERS FORUM

When the pandemic hit, smaller BIPOC-led theatres had the most at stake to lose. Along with Paige Washington, the Director of Patron Services at 4615 Theatre, Strasser organized the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Emerging Theatre Leaders Forum. 40 organizations led by BIPOC artists, with operating budgets of less than 100K and less than 10 years of operation, registered to participate in a robust forum to activate the common braintrust in order to generate actionable pathways of sustaining and innovating the theatre during 2020 Pandemic. These action items are currently being used by more than 20 organizations currently and impacted 4615 Theatre's programming in new and exciting ways. 

The forum centered around developing consensus around four major questions small theatres were facing. Participants were split into five groups to tackle these questions and tasked with generating actionable responses. At the end of the forum, participants reconvened to share back their findings and these deliverables were shared amongst recipients. The forum resulted in new programming activity for 4615 Theatre and new partnership opportunities between 4615 and others. Furthermore, it helped deepen the organization's relationship with a network of emerging theatres. 

WE SEE YOU W.A.T.

Description: WESEEYOUWAT.com is a coalition of BIPOC theatremakers demanding change in the industry. Greg serves as an ongoing auditor amongst a larger team organized by Victor Vasquez and Marie Cisco to track the progress on implementation of anti-racist policies and reformed leadership in over 400 theatres across the nation. That data is being used to shape the demands of #WeSeeYouWAT and hold theatres and their leaders accountable. 

ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES IN THE DMV-AREA APIA COMMUNITY

Description: The APIA Theatre Artists community in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia metro-area) is a robust and diverse collective of Asian American and Pacific Islander theatre artists committed to undoing white supremacy in our work and in our personal lives. Greg works as an organizer in helping develop semi-regular dialogues to help develop resources and approaches in dealing with racism in our community. 

gk.strasser@gmail.comUSA: +1 248 535 0316 

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