Gretchen Porro

it is entirely about character

Along with acting professionally, Gretchen currently teaches Theatre at G-Star School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and Adjuncts at Nova Southeastern University. Gretchen's favorite project happens in the summer.  She writes and directs a musical starring kids with special needs at the United Community Options of South Florida. She and UCO were feature on PBS South Florida in 2018.  Click this link to view the feature.

Gretchen's CV is below.

Curriculum vitae

GRETCHEN PORRO

www.gretchenporro.com

EDUCATION

MFA Performance, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, 2012

BFA Acting, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 2005

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

AEA/SAG-AFTRA

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Adjunct Theatre Professor, New World School of the Arts, 2015-2016

• Voice and Speech for college and high school students

• Acting for high school

• Scene Study for college

 

Theatrical Director, United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida, 2015

• Directed summer show performed by teenagers/young adults with special needs

• Facilitated casting process

• Collaborated with artistic design team

 

Associate Acting Coach, Blanchette Directions, South Florida, 2015

• Assisted veteran acting coach, Beverly Blanchette

• Instructed actors on vocal technique, character development, and text analysis

• Mentored actors on industry standards and current best practices

 

Florida Theater Conference (FTC) Adjudicator, Atlantic Acting School, NYC, 2014

• Auditioned students for admission to Atlantic Theater Company’s Atlantic Acting School.

• Advised prospective students on a program to fit their individual needs

• Provided feedback from audition pieces to all prospective students

• Facilitated the marketing and recruitment for Atlantic Acting School

 

Performer / Deviser, The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, 2011

• Collaborated with sign language interpreters to devise a movement vocabulary

• Integrated interpreters as shadow performers in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

• Assessed and implemented changes through workshop process

 

Co-Founder / Associate Artist, Dalliance Theater Company, NYC, 2005 - 2007

• Fostered the company’s development from conception to production

• Managed marketing for company events and productions

• Produced New York International Fringe Festival production

• Assisted in casting, budget preparation, fundraising, non-profit status and AEA compliance

 

Production Coordinator, The CAREing Foundation, South Florida1996 – 1998

• Collaborated on the writing of an anti-drug and alcohol musical, We – The Living

• Toured Florida schools and assisted in the development of a model for future projects

• Facilitated workshops on how to develop original material, acting, and ensemble work

 

TECHNIQUES & APPLIED THEORIES

• Voice & Speech: Linklater and Fitzmaurice methods, fluent in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and dialect training (Stage Standard, Standard British, Irish, Polish, Russian, Southern, Cockney)

• Movement & Physical Acting: Laban Movement (LMA),Viewpoints, chakra, animal work, and stage combat

• Character Development & Acting Methods: Stanislavski, UtaHagen, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, actor alignment, ensemble-building exercises, character building exercises, and impulse for the actor

• Improvisation: Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, NYC

• Text/Script Analysis: Classical, Shakespearean verse, Contemporary, script scoring

 

PROMOTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA

• Designed and administered social media and website for www.gretchenporro.com

• Consulted actors on professional standards for social media platforms: facebook pages, twitter feeds, blogs, and email blasts

• Produced self-promotion marketing materials for online platforms and print

 

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

FSU/Asolo Theater Conservatory for Acting Training: Greg Leaming, Barbara Redmond, Andrei Malaev-Babel, Margaret Eginton, PatriciaDelorey

FSU in London: Patsy Rodenburg (Royal National Theater), CharmianHoare, Mark Wheatley

Tucker/Meyerson Casting: On Camera Acting with Ross Meyerson

Webster University: Steve Woolf, Kathleen Singleton, Gary Glasgow, Bruce Longworth, Christopher Gurr, Guy Molnar, Liz Shipman, Debra Simpson, Doug Finlayson

WORKSHOPS

Frank Galati, Patrick Stuart, Faye Dunaway, Ben Vereen, Roy Hart Theater, Stage Combat with Robert Westley, Bill Bowers

 

PROFESSIONAL STAGE

Please see Resume Tab.

 

SKILLS

Fencing, Dialects (Stage Standard, Standard British, Irish, Polish, Russian, Southern, Cockney), Gymnastics, Clowning, Yoga, Improvisation, Script Scoring, Physical Comedy

 

AWARDS & ACHEIVEMENTS

Critic Choice Winner, Sarasota Magazine for a performance: Reasons to be Pretty & Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2010-2011

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts- Honorable Mention, 2000-2001

 

REFERENCES

Available upon request

"The meaning of life is doing what you like to do. It’s as simple as that. Doing what you like to do. And enjoying it. Doing what you like to do and doing it."  ~ Maria Irene Fornes