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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Tal Gribbins

Mr. Gribbins' repertory work includes seasons with Belknap Playhouse, Bunbury Repertory Theatre, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and the Moody-Northen Amphitheatre -- where he had the honor of singing opposite jazz great Marilyn Maye in "Hello Dolly!". His work in revolving repertory of Anton Chekhov's "The Brute" and "The Marriage Proposal" for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Classics In Context Festival earned him critical acclaim -- as did his starring role as the unscrupulous Duke Emile de Cadignan in "The Green Cockatoo" (an official event of the National Festival of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution).

Gribbins' directing credits include "Night 4" (from "The Ike Plays") for ETC on the Strand, "Moonchildren" for Belknap Playhouse, and "Midsummer Lovers" for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. In his current position at Grady Theatre, he has directed the world premiere of Fernando Dovalina's bilingual retelling of "Beauty and the Beast", "Bonita y el Chupacabras"; the Southwest premiere of the "Snapshot" anthology by Craig Wright, et al; a multimedia-infused production of the acclaimed Holocaust play, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly"; and a modern retelling of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet", set to an alternative rock soundtrack; among others.

Gribbins continues to work professionally as an actor and director. He is currently finishing a play based on the prose and poetry of Rudyard Kipling and inspired by the music of Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman.

EDUCATION

University of St. Thomas -- Houston, Texas
Post Graduate Studies: Educational Theory & Practice

University of Louisville -- Louisville, Kentucky
BFA, Acting | Major: Theatre Arts / Minor: English

TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Linklater Voice
Kristin Linklater and Rinda Frye (A second-generation student of Kristin Linklater)

Le Coq Movement
James Tompkins

Alexander Technique
Helen and Stanton Hobbs

Suzuki Voice & Movement
Kija Kim (A first-generation student of Tadashi Suzuki)

Commedia dell'Arte
Goran Banyai (Australian Theatre School)

Acting On Camera
Richard Brestoff (University of California/Irvine)

Mask Design & Construction Techniques
Claremarie Verheyen (University of Houston)

AWARDS & HONORS

Recipient, Target Field Trip Grant (Spring 2010)

Awarded to fund a student trip to see the touring production of the Tony Award winning musical "In The Heights".

Recipient, Department of Education Transition to Teaching Grant (September 2009)

Certified Coach, Critical Friends Group (National School Reform Faculty)

Superior Rating, 2008 Houston ISD UIL Mini-Play Competition
Given for an original adaptation (by Mr. Gribbins) of Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are". This Brecht-inspired production featured the music of Frank Zappa, as performed by Ensemble Ambrosius. The male and female leads of this production were also named to the District All-Star Cast.

Recipient, Commission of Kentucky Colonel
Given for exemplary strength of character, leadership, selflessness, dedication to the welfare of others, and ongoing contributions to the local community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Recipient, Thomas Jefferson Volunteer Award
Given for meritorious community service.

OTHER THEATRE EXPERIENCE

Judge, 2011 Alley Theatre Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE)

Member, Stages Repertory Theatre Teachers Advisory Council (2010 to present)

Judge, 2010 Alley Theatre Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE)

Presenter, 2010 College Board Preparate(tm) Conference
Presentation Title: "Bridging The Language Barrier: Uniting Campus Communities Through Fine Arts". Presented the findings of a five-year study funded by a Department of Education Fine Arts Grant to the Educating Latinos for the Future of America Conference held in La Jolla, CA. This presentation posited the use of theatre curriculum as a cross-cultural tool capable of promoting campus unity among diverse student populations, while increasing creativity, innovation, and critical thinking skills (high Blooms).

House Manager, Spring 2009 Houston ISD University Interscholastic League (UIL) One-Act Play Competition (Zones and District Finals)

Judge, Spring 2009 Advanced Theatre Class Auditions for Pin Oak Middle School

Assistant Director/Voice Coach/Choreographer, Summer 2008 UIL Theatre Camp for Houston ISD Middle School and High School Students (held at Bellaire High School)

Judge, Fall 2008 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Invitational at Reagan High School

Judge, Fall 2008 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Invitational at Burbank Middle School

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