Gregory is a queer performing artist, alive and well and in Brooklyn. He is a performer, designer, and educator, a mixed bag, an improperly woven quilt, mediocre at enough of everything that it somehow makes a whole. 

GREGORY CORBINO

Performance:

 

Gregory graduated from Emerson College in 2007 with a degree in Theater Studies with a Minor in Dance. 

 

He began his professional theater career working with the world-renown Bread and Puppet Theater and Peter Schumann as a resident company member, touring the world with political puppet and Mask Theater. He was a full-time resident company member from 2007-2011, and activated his skills in voice, puppetry, movement, pageantry, parading, circus arts and cabaret with dozens of annual productions and numerous tours each year. 

Highlights of working with The Bread and Puppet Theater include performing with Chinese Theater Works at the World Puppetry Conference in Chengdu China, devising an interpretation of Antigone in Athens, Greece with 40 artist/activists from the city and music directing a puppet adaptation of Monteverdi's Ulysses. 

 

In his residence at Bread and Puppet, Gregory collaborated with Peter Schumann on dozens of musical productions, sourcing a wide range of music from Brecht/Eisler to the music of Hildegard.  Other musical collaborations include Ensemble PI, Chinene Theater Works, Montreal Baroque Society and Théâtre de l'Arc-en-Terre. 

 

In 2012, Gregory moved to New York City to work with Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, as a designer and performer touring the five boroughs in her queer circus spectacular. Since, has worked as a performer and vocalist with many companies in and out of New York including John Heganbotham Dance, Redwing Blackbird Theater, Flying Donkey Theater, Cathy Weiss Productions, Cygnus Ensemble, The Dolly Wagglers, and Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir. 

 

Gregory often facilitates community music, and has been working at the Mayo Street Arts in Portland, ME, leading the chorus of the “Its Time to Make a Change” secular revival. He has lead international workshops with Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir and serves as their associate music director. 

As a solo artist Gregory creates short work in the cantastoria form. He is inspired by the traditions of the great queer theaters, Charles Ludlam, Ethyl Eichelberger, John Vaccarro, creating ridiculous and colorful work for adults and for children. His safer sex drag show, Condimal for President, has been performed every election year since 2014. His solo work for young audiences 2016, "Spectacular Spectacular" premiered at The Detroit Institute of Art, and briefly toured at venues in the New England area. In 2017 Gregory was commissioned by the Irish Arts Center to create a new hand puppet show about the Irish Halloween Sowain, and currently Gregory is developing a puppet show about queer animals for young audiences. 

Design:

As a designer Gregory continues the design traditions of the traveling show, circus, carousel, and carnival, bringing out its deep queerness. His work ranges from large scale installations for dance performances, to small costume pieces. He specializes 

in collapsible pop-up installations that transform indoor and outdoor spaces. Design projects have brought him to Taiwan, the woods of Tennessee, and across Europe. 

 

Commissions have included designing sets and props for The National Math Festival at the Smithsonian with Guerilla Science, large puppets and paintings for Brooklyn's one ring outdoor spectcaulr Circus Amok!, and for the past five years, a 5000 square foot installation at  the Queen's Museums "Spooktacular", an annual exhibition and fundraiser.

"I work closely with the folks involved with each project to make sure it reflects their desires and the themes they care most about - the residents of a squat in Rome; the transgender rights organization Libelula; participants of the New New Yorkers Program at the Queens Museum of Art; the producers and performers at the Idapalooza music festival; Cathy Weiss and her studio in Soho.

My aesthetic is cheap and resourceful, using found and recycled material. Ive been greatly influenced by Peter Schumann, and his philosophy of cardboard religion. For me, cardboard is queen. Colors are bright, lines are bold, everything is gay."

In 2014 he was awarded an Individual Artist Commission from the New York State Council on the Arts for his work as designer for Circus Amok. He has had artist residences in Athens, Greece (Isadora Duncan Dance Center), Taiwan (Togo Village Rural Art Museum with Flying Donkey Theater and Open Theater) and Rome (QueerLab).

Education:

 

As an artist educator at the Queens Museum Gregory has worked with thousands of elementary school students across the five boroughs exposing students to new and fun ways of making and looking at art. 

 

He has facilitated theater workshops for puppet and mask performance across the united states, working at colleges, universities and community centers. Internationally he has facilitated workshops in Taiwan, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Athens, Dublin and Switzerland representing The Bread and Puppet Theater, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, The Flying Donkey Theater and also as a solo artist. Workshops range from teaching music, puppet building, mask building and movement, cantastoria and mural painting. 

Gregory has worked within the LGBTQ community, facilitating Mural workshops in Rome with Queer Lab and the Transgender rights organization Libellullia, and recently worked with teens facilitating fashion workshops and embellishment application at the Queens Museum.

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