Terry Greiss’s theater background spans a career of 50 years. As the founder of Brooklyn’s Irondale Ensemble, he has taught hundreds of actors and non-actors to use improvisation as a tool of enhanced communication; building bridges that help us better understand each other. He created To Protect, Serve and Understand, an improv training program for New York City police officers, to help them communicate more effectively with community members. He brought this experience to his work as an improvisation instructor for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for several years. Terry believes that somewhere, perhaps buried deeply in our DNA, is the need for human beings to make authentic connections with each other. When that happens, when we can clearly and honestly communicate we not only lose our fear of the “other,” we are individually stronger as well. He has spent a good part of his life helping people tell their stories, to reveal the excitement and value of their work, and by using the skills and talents they haven’t yet tapped, become more effective human beings.
Terry continues to work as an actor and can sometimes be seen on TV in shows like Boardwalk Empire and Sneaky Pete. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.