Grian MacGregor finds inspiration for her puppetry from her life experiences. She is a gardener, beekeeper, writer, mask-maker, dancer, recycler, traveler, collage artist, and creator of wearable art. Her recycling and environmental outlook are the result of her upbringing as the oldest of nine children. In 1981, upon the birth of her daughter Hannah, she left the formal teaching profession to pursue an uncertain future in the world of puppet theater. These days, when she is not volunteering as an adult literacy tutor, or paddling her own canoe around upstate New York, she can be found in libraries and classrooms from Seattle to Maine to North Carolina, guiding children down the joyful path of puppetry.

SELECTED GRANTS and AWARDS
1998-2002:
Teaching Artist, Empire State Partnership Grant between Bard College & Mill Road School, Red Hook, NY
1997
New York Foundation for the Arts, Performance Art Fellowship
1995
New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Project: Ongoing puppet theater workshop with junior high students
1994
Arts-in-Education Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga City Schools. Working with 140 first graders, adapted three folk tales to puppet stage. Produced a one-hour program.
1987
Special Purpose Grant, Mid-Hudson Library System; Collaboration with author/illustrator Daniel Pinkwater

Contact: Grian MacGregor
PO Box 62, Lake Hill, NY 12448
(845)679-8312   email: grianm at gmail.com

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