artist statement

The past influences the present and future, for better or worse.  In stories, no matter where you enter in the timeline there are connections to the moment, history and fate.   What makes stories relatable to audiences are the bonds - the character’s circumstances, moods, and relationships - that ties the narrative all together.

 

I’m drawn to stories, fictional and factual, about challenging and unpredictable lives.  I direct and produce documentaries, and write and produce drama.

 

Sharing strong sistas’ stories

Biography

I direct and produce documentaries, and write and produce drama with my company gloriagrethel inc.

 

After nearly a seven-year creative hiatus, I have three documentaries in development. and I have begun writing plays.  The play “Elbow Room” (formerly Commercial Acts) was first performed at Toronto Fringe 2019.  In 2011, I directed and produced "Resilience: Stories of Single Mothers” for Omni Television.” It screened at international festivals that included: Africa World Film Festival, Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, International Black Film Festival of Nashville, Urban Media Makers Film Festival, International Black Film Festival (London, England), and Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.  In 2009, I created and produced the documentary "The Incomparable Jackie Richardson," for Bravo Television. My documentary “Underground”, screened at the Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival in 2006.  

During this time, I also worked as an associate producer, creating  short features and content for social media, at the CBC with “The George Stroumboulopoulos Show”.   Prior to that, I employed as a director on the television series “Caribbean Tales” and "Literature Alive" for Bravo Television and before that as a researcher with factual television at CTV and CBC news .   

Most recently, I have volunteered with Art Connections as an Advisor for new immigrant artists and with the Royal Ontario Museum as an Accessibility Advisor.  

I have a certificate in Digital Strategies and Communications Management from The School of Continuing Education, University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Film from York University.  

A Canadian citizen, I was born in London, England to Jamaican and Guyanese parents.  I currently live and work in Toronto.