Jeff Grygny is an independent writer and humanities generalist interested in key intersections of philosophy, culture, science, and spirituality. He has written plays, created and collaborated in numerous original performance works, and designed, directed, and performed in Milwaukee, Dallas, Austin, and Chicago, and has taught improvisation, critical thinking, and humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, Austin Community College in Austin Texas, and Columbia College Chicago.
Milwaukee Theater Examiner
He studied Buddhist meditation in a traditional way, with Tibetan and American teachers, for over twenty years. As part of his doctoral research, he conducted a prolonged personal investigation of somatic disciplines, including two summer sessions at the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder, Colorado. While in residence at Shambhala Mountain Center, one of the premiere contemplative centers in North America, he served in the Department of Practice and Study as well as teaching classes and giving meditation instruction.
For the past five years, he has written theater reviews, interviews, and articles on local arts for print and online publications, including the Milwaukee Theater Examiner and the Milwaukee A.V. Club. In 2012, he founded Dendrite Press to publish Pyrates of the Kozmos, his science fiction novel about global transformation, under the pen name "Daniel Cutter-Diamond." He currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is researching an epic fantasy series on the history of England from the fairy's perspective.