Richard Owen Geer, PhD
People Magazine says "Director Richard Geer heals troubled communities with the magic of theatre--and the gift of new hope." Dr. Richard Geer created Community Performance-- Theater of, by and for the community- to empower individuals and bring neighborhoods together. Geer has founded over a score of Community Performance groups, including Georgia's Official Folk Life play, "Swamp Gravy", part of the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia, and also featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In partnership with the International Storytelling Center, Geer and CPI are pioneering ways to bring this transformational work to organizations and communities nationwide. American Theatre Magazine calls Geer's work a "gem of cultural democracy." It has been showcased across America, as well as in England, Scotland, Brazil and Chile. Geer holds a PhD. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.