Angeline Gragasin is a writer, filmmaker, and artist who tells stories about ecology, memory, and power. Her background is interdisciplinary, her work equal parts poetic expression and critical inquiry. She sees each project as an opportunity to ask questions, take risks, and experiment. Before she became a filmmaker, Gragasin trained extensively in mask, mime, and improvisational performance. This early emphasis on image and action-based storytelling continues to inform her work today.
Gragasin lives and works in New York City where she writes regularly for Screen Slate and is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Happy Family Night Market. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was recently nominated for the Sloan Student Discovery Award. She is currently in production with her first podcast, in development with her first feature film, and working on her first animated project in partnership with The Moth, a finalist for the 2019 Sundance New Frontier Lab.
Gragasin holds an AB in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from The University of Chicago, where she was awarded the Theater and Performance Studies Undergraduate Career Award for her thesis project as well as a Jeff Metcalf Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She is an alumnus of the National YoungARTS Foundation (2003 winner in Writing), and a sponsored artist of the Stephen R. Comer Endowment for the Arts.
Her work has received support from NEW INC, The Moth, The Kate Spade & Co. Foundation, Harvard University, UnionDocs, The Bureau of Creative Works, Residency Unlimited, Cucalorus Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Palais de Tokyo, Kickstarter, Zinebi Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Flux Factory, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, among others.
She spent many years training in clown, commedia dell’Arte, devised theater, and puppetry with LEM’s (Ecole Jacques Lecoq) Carlos García Estevez, 500 Clown, Double Edge Theater, SITI Company, and Blair Thomas & Company. She went on to collaborate with Redmoon Theater, Blast Theory, and theater artists Seth Bockley (The Goodman), Richard Newman (The Hinterlands), and Julia Miller (Manual Cinema) before transitioning from performance to filmmaking.