‘It is natural to sing and dance poetry. What is not
natural is to bury poems in skinny books lined up on dusty shelves.’
Virginia Gillespie is a writer, an arts advocate and a multi-media artist who is passionate about making performance an innovative tool for personal, societal and cultural transformation.
Virginia creates projects and events in the verbal arts at VG PlayRoom studio in Crescent Beach, her short play Hoarder was in a curated reading for the 2016 SHIFT Festival held in Vancouver in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Her book of poetry and lyrics, Taoist Inner Tube Rider, includes a CD featuring the work of some of Virginia’s actor and musician colleagues, and her ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’ exhibit with fabric artist Elizabeth Carefoot at Douglas College, features poetry, an art book of fictional travel journal, and a soundscape narrative.
Virginia has toured in a rock musical in England, sang and acted at the Irish Sugawn Folk Kitchen in London, created an original piece for the Sechelt Storytelling Festival, devised and directed a youth against racism performance, and she has managed a Business Theatre program in Munich
Drawing from her global experience that is both experiential and cross-cultural, Virginia now explores new forms in theatre.
At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Virginia will present excerpts and narrative from an art book she created for the exhibit ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’. More information about the event is here: