Gregory Ramos (director)
Gregory Ramos studied and taught dance in Los Angeles before beginning his professional career. He studied acting in New York City at Playwrights Horizons and with Academy Award winning actor Ellen Burstyn before completing an MFA in Playwriting at UCLA. His plays Reaching Mercy and Breasts were produced in New York City. He has appeared on television and toured the U.S. and Europe as a performer. He has directed and/or choreographed numerous shows at UVM and at various professional theatre companies, including Into the Woods and Unnecessary Farce at Saint Michael’s Playhouse and Time Stands Still for Vermont Stage. While on faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso he founded The Latino Guest Artists Program and the Border Public Theatre. Much of his work over the last decade was dedicated to creating works based on interviews with LGBT people. He performed his original solo plays Border Stories and When We Danced in venues across the country. Ramos is currently researching myths and legends and working on a multi-character play based on Mexican family ghost stories. Board memberships have included the Texas Commission for Arts Performing Arts Panel, Las Americas, an immigrant advocacy organization on the U.S. Mexico border, and VermontCARES, a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission of bettering the lives of Vermonters with HIV/AIDS. Ramos has served as national secretary for the American Theatre in Higher Education's Latino Focus Group. At University of Vermont he has directed the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program and currently serves as the chair of the Department of Theatre. He teaches directing, playwriting, and courses related to diversity in the U.S. American Theatre.