Founding Executive Director,Ensemble Actor
Terry Greiss has been working in the theatre for 45 years. He is an actor, director, producer and co-founder, of NYC’s Irondale Ensemble Project. He has performed in over forty roles with the company, and is a co-creator of most of Irondale’s original works and education programs. He has conducted hundreds of workshops in public schools, prisons, theatres, professional training programs and theatres. He is a Master Teacher of Acting in the Broadway Teacher’s Summit. In 2010 he was awarded Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Arts Education Award.
He has been a panelist for the NEA, NYS Council on the Arts, TCG, Brooklyn Arts Council and numerous other funding organizations. Terry was the Founding President of the Network of Ensemble Theatres, a national consortium of artist-driven permanent theatre ensembles. He is currently a member of the governing steering committee for the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance. In addition to his work at Irondale, he is an Improv Trainer/Workshop Instructor for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. With Alda he had taught improv and messaging workshops at the EPA, NASA, the Broad Institute at MIT and Oak Ridge National Laboratories
Terry has been part of three Russian-American collaborations between Irondale and the International Classic Center of St. Petersburg (1990, 1994, 1998). In 2008 he was invited by the United States Embassy to lecture and teach at Moscow’s leading theatre academies, the Moscow Art Theatre and G.I.T.I.S., at the theatre academy in Yaroslavl and at to speak about the American ensemble theatre movement at the Golden Mask Festival.
Terry has taught at the New School and the University of Wisconsin Drama Center. Occasionally venturing outside of Irondale as an actor, Terry has performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club in Humble Boy and at the Cincinnati Playhouse in Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, directed by John Doyle. On television he has been seen on PBS American Masters Series, The American Novel and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
In Oct. 2008, after leading Irondale’s three million dollar capital campaign, Terry and the Irondale Ensemble opened the Irondale Center, the company’s first permanent home, in the Brooklyn Cultural District.
His latest theatrical projects are To Protect, Serve and Understand a collaboration between Irondale and the NYPD using improvisation to bring police officers and community members to greater empathy and understanding and The 1599 Project – all four plays that Shakespeare wrote in 1599 performed in one night.
Terry is a graduate of the NYC High School for the Performing Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. He is married to Vicky Gilmore and has one son, Liam Gilmore-Greiss.