Margo Gray is a 2005 graduate of Grinnell College, a small liberal arts college in Grinnell, Iowa. She holds a BA in Russian, but during her time at Grinnell she also pursued her passion for the theatre. She acted, stage managed, labored in the scene shop, designed lights, and directed, putting work in on dozens of productions during her four years. Ms. Gray is an alumnus of the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute’s Moscow Art Theatre Semester. It was during her time at the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT) that she became interested in the interaction between Russian and American theatre artists.
As part of her Fulbright research, Ms. Gray will be studying the methods Russian teachers of theatre employ in instructing their American students, and the ways in which American students can be prepared not only to make the most of their learning experience in Russia, but also to serve as excellent cultural ambassadors.
Ms. Gray will also study Russian Movement, a system of training actors for stage movement, under Andrei Droznin, master teacher at MXAT and the Shukin School in Moscow. Russian Movement will serve as a focus subject for the study of Russian teaching practices and the instruction of Americans in a uniquely Russian subject.
When she’s not studying Russian theatre, Ms. Gray enjoys the great outdoors, books, films, and swing dancing. During the summers, she works at YMCA Camp Tecumseh, where she teaches survival skills, canoeing, climbing, and horseback riding. After her Fulbright year, Ms. Gray plans to attend graduate school.