Gregory Ramos studied and taught dance in Los Angles before beginning his professional career. He studied acting 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. Ramos has appeared on television and toured the U.S. and Europe as a performer in numerous shows, including the national tours of The King and I and West Side Story. He has directed and/or choreographed plays and musicals at universities and at professional theatre companies around the country. Some include: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cabaret, Confessions of Women from East L.A., Evita, Godspell, Into the Woods, Our Town, LaRonde, Real Women Have Curves, Santos & Santos, Stop Kiss, and Time Stands Still. 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. He has performed his original solo plays Border Stories and When We Danced in venues across the country. Ramos is currently working on a multi-character play based on Mexican family ghost stories. His play A Visit From San Cristobal was part of a new play reading series at Company of Angels in Los Angeles. 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 The University of Vermont he has directed the Critical Race and 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.
Musical Theatre Ensemble Class