School of the Arts Faculty
Gail A. Burton grew up in East Harlem NYC and graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University. She has been a member of the Medea Project Theater for Incarcerated Women in San Francisco, CA. In Massachusetts, as a workshop leader for her New Freedwoman Project, she has utilized spoken word and movement to support healing, sisterhood and therapeutic transformation on the journey to community re-integration with women at the Suffolk County Sheriff Department Women's Resource Center.
She received the Cambridge Peace Award in honor of Muses, her first play, and the community building and organizing activities surrounding the production which celebrated and created positive visibility for LGBTQA communities of African descent in Massachusetts.
She trained and is currently a member of the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory collective at the Brecht Forum in NYC. She has studied Augusto Boal's Image, Forum, and Rainbow of Desire theater techniques under Claire Picher and Julian and Augusto Boal.
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