USING PERFORMANCE TO THINK
Maine based Gretchen Berg collaborates with educators and students to integrate theater, dance, visual arts, and classroom curriculum in schools, museums and community arts centers. She has taught courses in performance art, playwriting, improvisation, and feminist theater at Bowdoin College and Bates College and graduate courses in integrating performing arts in classroom teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Southern Maine. Gretchen received the Maine Alliance of Arts Education 2007 Bill Bonyun Award for her contribution to the arts in Maine schools.
She is one-third of Portland’s modern dance company Berg, Jones & Sarvis and is most interested in creating new works. Plus she writes poetry.
The Local Stories Project
Gretchen works throughout rural Maine as half of the teaching artist team for the Local Stories Project, an innovative integrated arts project for public elementary schools that combines local history research and community collaborations to develop both a permanent in-school mural and a lively theater performance.
Side x Side
Gretchen is the lead teaching artist and curriculum consultant for Side x Side, an organization supporting teaching and learning through the arts in Portland, Maine public schools.
Credits: Photo courtesy of Portland Ovations, Side x Side & Local Stories Project