Beth Gorrie’s Creative Aging workshops draw on global literature & historic texts. Her philosophy: Age does not define an individual; experience enriches perception and performance, but aged doesn't limit potential. She’s active as a writer, teacher, and director, including many years serving seniors. Her background includes arts, education (primary grades to college), volunteerism & the practice of law.
Her work with seniors includes five years’ direct care to women with mental health issues; she ran creative writing and art workshops with them, featured by New York Times, CNN, Daily News & WNBC. She served on Lower Westside Interagency Council on Aging. Her pro bono legal work includes services to seniors.
As an actor, Beth performed in films screened at Whitney Museum & Centre Pompidou. She taught & directed at University of Chicago, appeared with Chicago Theatre of the Deaf, and various Off-Off Broadway productions. Later, she helped run a residence for mentally-ill senior women, volunteered in various senior projects & managed Coalition for the Homeless’ NYC office. As a law student at Columbia, she won a fellowship to work in rural India. She was a partner at a leading NYC law firm,, later did community work in East Harlem & served on NY Academy of Medicine’s Community Advisory Board.
Beth is founder/director of SI OutLOUD, which promotes cross-cultural understanding; awards include:: NEA/The Big Read (2011-16), SI Arts, NAACP, SI Historical Society, SI Advance's Women of Achievement Award. In 2005, OutLOUD created a UN program with Hiroshima/Nagasaki survivors.