Gregory Ramos studied and taught dance in Los Angeles before beginning his professional career. He has appeared on television and toured the U.S. and Europe as a performer in numerous shows, including the national tours of The King and I with Yul Brynner and Rudolf Nureyev, and West Side Story. He studied acting at Playwrights Horizons and with Academy Award winning actor Ellen Burstyn before completing his MFA in Playwriting at UCLA. His short plays Reaching Mercy and Breasts were produced in New York City. He has performed his original solo plays Border Stories and When We Danced in venues across the country. Ramos's play for young audiences, Cuentos de Josefina (Josephine’s Tales), based on Mexican family ghost stories, was recently published by YouthPLAYS. His plays A Visit From San Cristobal and Our Father’s House were part of the new play reading series at Company of Angels in Los Angeles. His short plays Sunrise at Peaked Hill Bars, Graceful, and Boredom and Ecstasy were produced at theatre festivals in Provincetown, MA and Madison, WI. He has directed and/or choreographed plays and musicals at universities and at professional theatre companies around the country. Some include: Ain't Misbehavin', Cabaret, Confessions of Women from East L.A., Evita, Godspell, Into the Woods, Our Town, LaRonde, Marat/Sade, Mothers and Sons, The Normal Heart, Real Women Have Curves, Santos & Santos, Spring Awakening, Stop Kiss, Time Stands Still and Urinetown. While on faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso he founded The Latino Guest Artists Program and the Border Public Theatre. Board memberships have included the Texas Commission for Arts Performing Arts Panel; Las Americas, an immigrant advocacy organization on the U.S. - Mexico border; and VermontCARES, a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission of bettering the lives of Vermonters with HIV/AIDS. Other board memberships included Mainspring Arts, a non profit producing entity, and Vermont Shakespeare Festival. Ramos held the position of national secretary for the American Theatre in Higher Education's Latino Focus Group. At The University of Vermont he directed the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program and was Professor and Chair in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He is current the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Redlands where he teaches directing, playwriting, and courses related to diversity in the U.S. American Theatre. He has taught in The Stella Adler Conservatory's summer musical theatre intensive program. Gregory is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
When We Danced
How I Learned to Drive student actors with Paula Vogel.
Symposium with playwright Paula Vogel
With Playwright Tony Kushner
Solo Performance: Border Stories