Dr. Andrea “Andy” Grapko is a Lecturer and also serves the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. with a focus in directing from Miami University in Ohio. She also trained in Michael Chekhov Technique at the Moving Dock Theatre in Chicago and with The Michael Chekhov Association, in Forum Theatre with Augusto and Julian Boal, in Laban & Bartenieff Fundamentals at the Denver Center Theatre, in Alexander Technique at the University of Colorado and in intimacy direction though Intimacy Directors International.
With significant experience in new work development and a substantial movement background, Andy has been directing for over twenty years. She has presented her work at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), where she served as the Playwrights and Creative Teams Conference Planner for three years, and the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC). She is a Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Associate, a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. In addition to her work at The University of Texas, Grapko teaches at Texas State University. Additionally, her teaching experience includes work at Stonehill College, Western Kentucky University, The University of Colorado at Boulder, Indiana University at Indianapolis, Seattle Central College and Bellevue College as well as work at Long Wharf Theatre, Theatre Aspen and The Lilly Theatre. Grapko has been on staff at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Stone Soup Theatre (Seattle) and The Lilly Theatre (Indianapolis).
Her research includes work on Czech Theatre Director Evald Schorm and his direction of classic texts utilizing semiotic communication to create a forum for political dissent and subversive expression as well as the socio-political implications of the use of physical theatre under repressive conditions as a means of dissent.