Chelsea Gregory (she/her) is a cultural organizer, community-engaged artist, equity & restorative justice practitioner, facilitator and coach who brings over two decades of experience working collaboratively with organizations, educational institutions, corporations, and communities. She is a trainer and coach for the social impact firm Create Forward in the areas of equity and restorative practices. She also works with Inspire Justice and Culture Shift Agency as an equity practitioner, coach, inclusion reviewer and social impact advisor. As a consultant, Chelsea has worked with teams and individuals at Facebook/ Meta, Lionsgate Entertainment, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Lincoln Center Education, The Brooklyn Library, Earthjustice, the Denver Mayor's Office, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Climate Nexus, Rutgers University, CUNY Creative Arts Team, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, Urban Bush Women BOLD, Purpose Productions, and CORE Dance. From 2015 to 2018, she was honored to serve as Director of Community Engagement for Working Theater.
She has also designed and implemented programming for numerous schools and institutions of higher education such as The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Brown University, Wesleyan, UMASS Amherst, and Columbia University among others. In 2020, she joined the teaching faculty of UC Berkeley's department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and became a member of the department's Equity and Season Planning Committees.
She was part of the 2019 Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute in Brooklyn, NY with adrienne maree brown and other fellow organizers, and the principles articulated through emergent strategy continue to shape her practice. She has also trained extensively with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and is an alumna of New York University and Naropa University. In 2011, she presented at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics' Graduate Convergence, and was selected to be part of their EMERGENYC cohort. Her writing has been published in Occupying Privilege: Conversations on Love, Race and Liberation, Steve Cannon’s A Gathering of the Tribes, The Charis Review and We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life.
She has danced professionally for choreographers such as Adia Whitaker, Shalewa Mackall, Barbara Dilley, Marlies Yearby, Ned Williams and D. Patton White, and has choreographed extensively for both dance and theater. As a spoken word poet she toured throughout the US, won poetry slams at Nuyorican Poet's Cafe and Bowery Poetry Club, and published a chapbook of original poetry called Bleeding Free. Her most recent community-engaged arts projects have been in collaboration with Shotgun Players, Urban Bush Women, Cornerstone Theater Company, La Pocha Nostra, Working Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SF Shakes, and ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity). Her original artistic works have been produced by venues such as The Culture Project, LaMama ETC, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in New York, Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival, La Peña Cultural Center (Berkeley CA), and 7 Stages (Atlanta GA).