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Gregory Grobis

Associate Professor of Performing Arts
Department Chair
Managing Director for The Theatre Company

Gregory Grobis
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 037
Phone: 313-993-3269
Gregory Grobis
Areas of Expertise:
Acting and Directing
Arts Management
Musical Theatre
Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

Degrees

  • M.F.A. from Wayne State University
  • B.A. from Bethel College

Biography

Greg Grobis is department, chair, managing director of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) and faculty member in the Performing Arts Department. He teaches Introduction to Theatre, Fundamentals of Acting, Acting 2, Music of Theatre, Principles of Arts Management, Performing Arts in New York City and other courses. He joined Detroit Mercy in 2008.

In addition to teaching, Grobis directs and acts inside of the DMTC while working and mentoring students majoring in theatre at Detroit Mercy. Since graduate school, he has managed more than 110 theatre productions at Detroit Mercy and other professional theatres throughout the United States. As an actor, he continues to work locally in voiceovers and in the film industry. As a musician, he works at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan and performs weekly with the Sunday 9 a.m. folk band and is the tenor section leader for their parish choir.

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    Research Leading To Creative Work and Scholarship at Detroit Mercy

    Directing:
    • Avenue Q - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • The Whale*  -  Detroit Mercy Theatre Company / Ringwald Theatre
      *Joe Bailey won the 2016 Wilde Award for best actor in a play for Charlie from - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • This is How It Goes - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • Anatomy of Gray – Music Director - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • Cabaret- Detroit Mercy Theatre Company / Marygrove College
    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company / Marygrove College

    Acting:

    • A Bright Room Called Day, played Roland, directed by Jamie Warrow - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • 100 Saints You Should Know, played  Matthew, directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • The Tempest, played Ferdinard, directed by Andrew Huff - Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    • Pride and Prejudice, played Mr. Gardiner, directed by Louis Rackoff - Hope Summer Rep.
    • Hairspray, played Wilbur, directed by Mary Bremer-Beer - Warren Civic

    Publications
    • Conversations Magazine,  “Speaking of Justice”, Fall 2013 – Number 44

    Music Albums
    • “A Fireside Christmas”, 2012 music album available on Itunes.com

    Refereed Conference Paper Presentations
    • 2017 Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Paper: “Audience Engagement: The Detroit Theatre Discussion Project with The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy”

    • 2016 Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Paper: “The Low Hanging Fruit Project: an interdisciplinary arts leadership initiative.”
    • 2015 Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Paper: “The Power to Instigate Change through Theatre and a Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day.”
    • 2013 Conference on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, "On Fire at the Frontiers.", Paper: “Theatre: a valuable vehicle for justice in Jesuit Higher Education.”

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    Grants

    • 2017 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs project support grant for $18,000 for the “Detroit Theatre Discussion Project”.
    • 2016 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs project support grant for $27,000 for the “Low Hanging Fruit Project”.
    • 2015 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs project support grant for $11,250 for the “Alexander Project”.
    • 2014 University of Detroit Mercy Micro Mission grant award of $250 for “Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter” Project.
    • 2014 Michigan Humanities Council project grant award of $15,000 for “Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter” Project.
    • 2014 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs project support grant award of $6,000 for the “Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter” Project.
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    Organizations & Affiliations

    • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed                                       
    • Association for Theatre in Higher Education                                           
    • I-Group Talent Agency                                                                      
    • National Association of Teachers of Singing                                
    • American Alliance for Theatre and Education                             
    • Performing Arts Alliance                                                                   
    • Fractured Atlas
    • Theatre Communication Group                                                
 
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