Gregory Ramos studied and taught dance in Los Angles 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 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 is currently working on a play for young audiences based on Mexican ghost stories and legends entitled Cuentos de Josefina (Josephine’s Tales). 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, Real Women Have Curves, Santos & Santos, 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. He currently serves on the board of Vermont Shakespeare Company. Ramos has served as national secretary for the American Theatre in Higher Education's Latino Focus Group. At The University of Vermont he has directed the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program and currently serves as the chair of the Department of Theatre where he teaches directing, playwriting, and courses related to diversity in the U.S. American Theatre. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
Chair, Associate Professor and Resident Director
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
Theatre Diversity, Playwriting, Directing & Resident Director
- The University of California, Los Angeles MFA, Playwriting, School of Theater, Film, and Television, 1999
- The University of California, Los Angeles BA, Theater, School of Theater, Film and Television, 1997
Room 211A, Royall Tyler Theatre
Wednesday 1:00-3:00 and by appointment
THE 070 - Playwriting
Development of dramatic writing skills and broadened understanding of theatre/art by its creation. Study of published plays but focus on student writing. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing Credits: 3. Cross-listed w/English.
THE 075 - Diversity in Contemporary U.S. American Theatre
Course focuses on plays and playwrights in contemporary theatre exploring themes pertaining to race, sexuality, gender and the physically challenged. Credits: 3. See also ALANA or WGST.
THE 076 - Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre in the U.S.
Course covers works by U.S. Latina/Latino American playwrights whose works explore ethnic and cultural identity in the U.S. Credits: 3. See also ALANA.
THE 190 (E) - Theatre Practicum
Students actively involved in current department productions may earn credit for work on stage or backstage. Project proposals must be approved by department faculty and be of significant scope to qualify for credit. Prerequisite: Permission. Repeatable up to 3 hours. Credits: .5-3.
THE 197 (E) - Readings & Research Fall. Prerequisite: Permission. Credits: .5-9.
THE 198 (E) - Readings & Research Spring. Prerequisite: Permission. Credits: .5-9.
THE 200 (E) - Professional Preparation
Topics include preparing for auditions, portfolio reviews, interviews, and research papers for entrance into graduate schools or professional theatre venues. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and by permission only. Credits: 1-3.
THE 250 - Directing I
Theory of theatrical directing, including script analysis; approaches to audition, rehearsal, and performance; coaching actors. Prerequisites: 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 110, 150, either 120, 130, or 140. Senior standing & permission. Fall. Credits: 3.
THE 284 - Seminar Credits: 3. Spring only. Credits: 3.