Gail Burton



B.A. Harvard College
M.A. Goddard College

Contact Information

Office: Walker 418A
Phone: 617-824-8378
gail_burton [at] (E-Mail »)
Thursday 5pm

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.


  • 2015
  • Forthcoming: "Womanizing Boal"

Creative Works

  • 1997
  • See ART section of written biography for general description.  List of work upon request. 


  • 2012
  • Most recent grant awards

    Little Rock Central High School National Historic site, Civil Rights Educator Institute, Federal contract award 5 year annual.

    Asian Women's Giving Circle

    P-T Faculty Professional Development Fund

Global & Civic Engagement

  • 2001

Awards & Honors

  • 1997
  • For description of awards visit

    Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellowship program, inaugural cohort

    Presidential Curricular Innovation Award

    Cambridge Peace Award


Human Rights