Short Bio

Gigi Rosenberg is an author, performer, and coach to artists and entrepreneurs. Her essays and articles have been published by Psychology Today, Seal Press and Poets & Writers. She's been a guest commentator on Oregon Public Broadcasting and performed her dramatic monologues at Seattle's On The Boards. In 2010, she wrote The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing (Watson-Guptill) to ensure that every moment an artist spends writing a grant application pushes her art further into the world. She's Editor of Professional Artist, an award-winning business magazine for visual artists with 20,000 subscribers, and is currently writing a memoir.
 

Back story

I have a soft spot for dachshunds, Super 8 filmmaking, the Singer Featherweight sewing machine, anything printed on a letterpress, Tuscany, real mail with commemorative stamps, first-person narrative and men named Josh.

As a memoirist, I write about family secrets and the losses, paradoxes and impossible expectations of being a mother, daughter, wife and human. As a consultant, I draw upon my background in theater, psychology, visual art, production management, storytelling and corporate communications. I teach artists how to get stuff done in the direction of true north, wherever that may be. And I teach entrepreneurs how to get standing ovations. 

I've been called a logjam dislodger, a conversation partner, a problem solver, a bossy pants and the answer to a prayer. I've been told that I have a doppelgänger who's a surgeon. When people forget my name, they call me Judy, Gina or Mimi.

Born in New York City to parents who were both professional visual artists, I grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side, in Queens and in Boston. At McGill University I received a bachelor's in anthropology but my real education happened in the McGill Daily newsroom where I worked as a reporter, reviewer and photographer and as editor of the Weekly, the daily paper's arts supplement. 

Since McGill, I've studied theology, writing, fine arts, and acting at Parsons School of Design in Paris, Harvard University, Marylhurst University, Northwest Writing Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts and Sundance Institute.

In Boston and in Portland, Oregon, I worked for 15 years for corporations and nonprofits. As vice-president at Larry Miller Productions in Boston and as a freelance producer in Portland I produced TV commercials, corporate videos, films and print projects. In Paris, I worked as a translator on an LU Cookies spot as dogs on the set stood paws up on the lunch table and licked our plates clean. View my client list.

After winning grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council and then serving on a panel to review grants, I was struck by how few artists could write about their creative projects in a way that would inspire someone to write a check. In 2006, I offered to teach a workshop for artists on grant writing at RACC. From there, I branched out to national workshops which appealed to my inner performer and grass roots educator. The Artist's Guide to Grant Writing grew out of of my love of books, storytelling and bringing power to the people. 

My current project is the memoir My Secret Father about how I survived my family.

 

Banner photo by Heather Hawksford
Headshot by Christian Columbres