Gina Grandi toiled away valiantly in the San Francisco Unified School District for 13 years, teaching 4th grade, 5th grade, and high school Theater and Humanities before moving to New York in 2009 to become the Program Director at Opening Act, a non-profit that provides free after-school theater programs for NYC’s most under-served high schools. Gina is currently a full-time doctoral student in Educational Theatre at NYU, in addition to leading professional development workshops, guest-teaching high school classes, writing stories, making shadow puppets, and taking photographs. She also has an extensive finger puppet collection and is comfortably certain she has read more post-apocalyptic young adult fiction than anyone in the tri-state area. Also maybe California. Also maybe the whole world.
Many exciting examples of Gina’s work in the classroom can be found here.