Ilasiea Gray

Ilasiea Gray is a multi-hyphenate social practice artist (actress, educator, director, writer, creator) whose work is nationally recognized.  She is a proud recipient of a True West Award for her impactful work in the arts and has been featured in many publications such as Colorado Public Radio, Denver Westword, and American Theatre Magazine. As a performer, she does both stage and on-camera, with the work she finds most important involving social justice themes as well as educational theatre.  She currently tours the social justice play Black. With a Capital B. through Curious Theatre Company. She is also passionate about theatre for young audiences and made history in Colorado playing Sleeping Beauty as a Black actress (Denver Children’s Theatre).

As an educator, Ilasiea can be found teaching in many capacities for students pre-K through high school locally and nationwide. She has a wide range of curriculum content that she teaches, has directed 30+ youth productions, and has devised original works with youth.  She also runs her own programming coaching successful child actors who have professional theatre, commercial, T.V. & film credits. Her internationally published essay Why Are There No ‘Great Kids’ of Color in Performing Arts? examines inequities in the arts for young people of color (and educators of color) and has been a transformative educational tool globally. She has headlined several conferences speaking and facilitating workshops around this essay, including recently speaking at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Education Conference. She has also been featured on many educational theatre panels including the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Ilasiea serves in many professional development capacities for adults as an actor-educator/facilitator as well – including training educators in trauma-sensitive approaches (with Kaiser Permanente) and arts integration in the classroom. She has held similar roles for Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Training, for medical students, and for lawyers. In addition to performing and educating, Ilasiea has many creative/writing credits, a background as a Casting Associate, and was recently named the Arvada Center’s first Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access Coordinator. She has a BFA in Theatre, Film & Television, and recently graduated in the inaugural cohort of an MFA in Social and Environmental Arts Practice program, led by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

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Ilasiea Gray is available for full or part-time residencies.

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Explore: Cultural Arts, Dance, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Professional Development, Storytelling, Theatre, African-American, Choreography, Composition, Creative Writing, Fiction, Film, Hip-hop, Improvisation, Instrumental, Media, Mental Health, Playwriting, Reading, Screenwriting, Social Emotional, Writing


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  • Black. With a Capital B. by Lamaria Aminah

    Performance for grades 9th through Adult

    Ilasiea has toured this impactful two-woman show with Curious Theatre Company for five years. This short performance is followed by a facilitated community discussion about the themes in the play. Synopsis: When two women, one Black and one White, meet at a candlelight vigil held for another Black life taken by police brutality, an eye-opening conversation illuminates the need for sensitivity and awareness as a way to challenge our assumptions about race and privilege. First-time Curious New Voices playwright Lamaria Aminah wrote this candid and timely short play in 2016 and it has continued to be relevant today.

  • Theatre Jam

    Workshop or Residency for grades Pre-K through Adult

    A variety of fun, theatre arts programming to build performance skills, confidence, working as an ensemble, and classroom culture. Topics can range from theatre games, improvisation, creating characters, dramatic play, performance, literacy enhancement, classroom curriculum enhancement, playwriting & devising original work.

  • On-Camera Jam

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Learn the skills of on-camera acting with monologues, commercials, and audition techniques. Allows students to have fun exploring the world of acting on camera without having to be on-camera! (For in person learning a camera is an option)

  • Step-O-Rama

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Exploration of the dance form Step which incorporates the body creating rhythm and sound while performing.

  • Conscious Conversations

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through Adult

    Facilitated discussions and activities around socially relevant topics from bullying, race, gender, disabilities, social media, and more, with tools for how we can better communicate as human beings. Open to all subject matter.

  • Professional Development

    Workshop or Residency for grades Adult through Adult

    Teambuilding using theatre exercises and communication tools. Tailored to the needs of each group/organization.