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Griff Braley, Artistic Director
Griff has spent his entire life in Maine, most of it involved in theater. After graduating with a BA in Theater from Bates College, he directed his first play at Wiscasset High School in 1983, where he continued to teach children's theater, mythology, speech, acting, technical theater, film and English until 2006. With more than sixty plays - including numerous original scripts and several award winning one act plays - under his belt at Wiscasset, Griff was invited to create a full theater and film program at Lincoln Academy. In a unique collaboration with Lincoln Academy, he teaches acting and film curriculum during the day, has led Lincoln's students to seven consecutive State One Act Festivals, and leverages Heartwood resources to provide unique and comprehensive performing opportunities for students, as well as exposure to professionals in the theater.
Griff's work came to include adults with his original production of Zeno's Arrow at Lincoln County Community Theater, in 1998. He then directed Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Peter Pan, The Little Prince, Face on the Barroom Floor and Secret Garden for the Chocolate Church in Bath.
Since envisioning and founding Heartwood Regional Theater Company in the fall of 2003, Griff has acted as Artistic Director, producing more than 80 productions, including Molly Sweeney, Les Miserables, Susannah, The Grand Design, Antigone, Blood Wedding, Man of LaMancha, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, All My Sons, Gilgamesh, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Crucible, Romeo and Juliet, Glass Menagerie, An Enemy of the People, Once on this Island, A Little Night Music, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Metamorphoses, Sunday in the Park with George, Pinocchio, Beowulf, As It Is In Heaven, See How They Run, The House of Bernarda Alba, Godspell, Four Quartets, Ghostwriter, Macbeth, The Legend of Jim Cullen and Fiddler on the Roof.
His work at Heartwood includes a substantial focus on the HYPE Program (Heartwood Youth Performance & Education), comprised of a summer program for students, now eleven years in the running, and a performing arts educational outreach program to schools, "Heartwood Goes to School," offering play productions, visiting artists, learning opportunities and residencies for Midcoast schools.
The creation of original works and the opportunity to teach are the two major focus areas of his energy and time, both at Lincoln Academy and Heartwood.