Beth Gorrie

Beth Gorrie
Staten Island, NY
Creative Non-Fiction, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Acting, Storytelling
English
After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Correctional Facilities, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Senior Center
Association of Teaching Artists

Director of Staten Island OutLOUD, a community dialogue, literature and performance project.

Lifetime Arts, 2011-12 & 2015 Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, 2003-2015 National Endowment for the Arts/The Big Read, 2011-2016 University of Chicago 1977-78
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.