Jeff Grygny: Vita
Jeffrey P. Grygny, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities
University of Texas, Dallas, TX, 1993

M.A. in Theater
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1987

B.A.H. (Honors) in Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1977


Founded Dendrite Press, 2011
Writing theater reviews for Milwaukee Theater Examiner 2011-2012
Wrote features on theater and the arts for Milwaukee A.V. Club,
Theater Reviews for Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 2008-2010


Shambhala Mountain Center Red Feather Lakes, CO, 2006-2007

· Organized and taught contemplative studies curriculum for resident staff
· Taught classes in contemplative practice from introductory to advanced levels
· Served as meditation instructor for resident staff and special programs

Columbia College Chicago: 1996-1998

Humanities for the Performing Artist
· Applied creative performance techniques to develop classroom activities utilizing ..multiple ..intelligences to deepen appreciation and understanding of texts.
· Assembled and published innovative course sourcebook
· Met one-on one with students to determine their needs and capacities
· Final class projects displayed integrated humanities learning

Critical Thinking
· Assembled and published course sourcebook
· Synthesized rhetorical and formal logic to engage controversial issues
· Tutored logic to challenged students

Austin Community College Austin, TX: 1992-94
Introduction to the Humanities
· Designed survey of selected written, visual and performative texts from Eastern, Western
..and archaic cultures to elicit broad appreciation of the human experience

University of Texas at Dallas TX (Teaching Associate): 1988-91
Literary Analysis
Improvisation and Acting Fundamentals


Shambhala Mountain Center Red Feather Lakes, CO
April-September, 2007 Practice and Education Assistant
September 2006-April 2007 Interim Director, Department of Practice and Study
City Colleges of Chicago, Department of Academic Affairs, 2006: Consultation and clerical support for Project Align, improving college readiness in Chicago High Schools
Designed and manage websites for International Molded Fibre Association (,, and Desert Sense Development (
Community Renewal Society Chicago IL, 1999-2002: Provided office and technical support to nonprofit organization dedicated to issues of social justice in Chicago
The Blackstone Group, Chicago, IL, 1996: Presentation Consultant for market research simulations


Patton Foundation Scholarship, 1989-90, 1991-92
Jordan Scholarship for the Arts, 1987, 1993
University of Texas at Dallas, Research Fellow, 1991-93


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs CAAP Inter-Arts Grants, 1998, 1999
Fronterafest, Austin, Texas, "Best of the Fest" for original performance, 1994
One-Act Play Competition winner, University of Minnesota, 1985
Irene Ryan Acting Award nominee, University of Minnesota, 1985
Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society, inducted 1976


"Living Peace" with Pema Chodron, Shambhala Mountain Center, August, 2007
Contemplative Environmentalism workshop with Joanna Macy, Spring, 2006
Performance Studies International Conference, New York University, 1994
Summer sessions in contemplative performance Naropa University, Boulder CO 1987, 1988


· Co-organizing art/performance festivals in Chicago, 2000-2006
· Organized performances for peace, Chicago, 2003-2005
· Assisted in meditation training at Greenview State Prison, 1996
· Served on Arts and Performance Assistance Board (Chair) UTD, 1990
· Served on Arts and Humanities Student Association, UTD, 1988
· Volunteer service including teaching classes, giving meditation instruction, sitting on ..planning ..committees, and collaborating on special events, Shambhala Meditation ..Centers: Chicago, ..Red Feather Lakes, Colorado; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Austin, ..Texas: 1980-2007


2008 - Please Wait Ten Minutes Insurgent Theater Milwaukee (director)
2002 - The Art Magik (original video with environmental themes)
2000 - This Holie Art The Sonatorio, Chicago
1999 - Umbrella Shamans Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
....... .Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyel Tame God, Links Hall, Chicago
1998 -The Edwardian Mysteries The Performance Loft, Chicago
........ .Solstice Mandala (Spring) Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
....... ..Solstice Mandala (Winter) Hotel Kafka, Chicago
1997 - Love Transformer Blue Rider Theatre; Charybdis Gallery, Chicago
1995 - M*A*S*H Oak Creek Community Theater, WI
1994 - Red and Yellow Fronterafest, Austin, Texas
1991 - A Little Show of Alchemy University of Texas at Dallas
1990 - Apocalypse Yow University of Texas at Dallas
1989 - The Edwardian Mystery Play University of Texas at Dallas
1985 - The Mad Poet of Felpham, University of Minnesota
..... ...Beelzebub's Tails to His Grandson Rifle Sport Gallery, Minneapolis
1983 - The Sorcerer's Gambit King Richard's Faire, Bristol, WI


2004 - Twelfth Night Chase Park, Chicago, (Sir Andrew Aguecheek)
2002 - The Art Magik (video) Sub Rosa Productions, Chicago, (Green Wizard)
2001 - The Christmas Revels (Mummer's Play) Evanston, (Doctor)
1999 - Padmasambhava &Yeshe Tsogyel Tame God (Links Hall, Chicago (God)
1998 - Murder Mystery Ltd., Addison, IL (various roles)
1998 - The Edwardian Mysteries Performance Loft, Chicago (Aleister Crowley)
1997 - Love Transformer Blue Rider Theater; 1998,Charybdis Gallery
1994 - Fu Off The Wall Productions, Milwaukee (Sam Pak)
1993 - Woyzeck Public Domain Theater Austin, Texas (Woyzeck)
1992 - Mother Courage Big Blonde Productions, Austin TX (Swiss Cheese)
1990-1991 - Nine Fish Jumping, Dallas (improvisational movement ensemble)
1989 - Purgatory University of Texas (Milarepa)
1988 - Uncle Vanya University of Texas (Telegin)
1980-1986 - King Richard's Faire Bristol, WI (Aurelius the Wizard)
1982 - As You Like It, Boston Renaissance Festival; (Jaques)
1985 - The Miser, University of Minnesota (Harpagon)
1980 - Ti-Jean and His Brothers, Theater in Black and White, Milwaukee ..........(Cricket)
1979 - Death of Bessie Smith, Theater in Black and White (Father)
1978 - The Shakespeare Show, People's Theater (Tybalt, Cassius, Lear)