Gregory Edward Connor was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to Gloria D. Glenn and Edward T. Connor.  He was the youngest of their two children.  His brother is Anthony.  He attended Blow Elementary where he was the Editor of the school paper. This was his first foray into journalism.  In the ninth grade, under the tutlelage of Ulysses J. Houston, he became the Editor-in-Chief of Browne Junior High's The Black Voice which received many accolades from the scholastic news arena.  He also participated in the drama club.

 

In 1981, after freshman at Coolidge High School, he moved to Richmond, Virginia and attended John Marshall High where he became the Editor of the School newspaper and a member of drama club.  He portrayed Ralph DeVine/Mr. Upton in the school's splashy musical, “Mame.”  He also continued his love for photography and the piano.

 

He graduated in 1982 and immediately enrolled into the Radio, Television and Video program at University of Maryland, College Park.  But his heart no longer belonged to Journalism.  He was more interested in narrative writing then new stories.  He was accepted New York University's Tisch School of the Arts' Dramatic Writing Program and received his B.F.A. in 1990.  At Tisch, he wrote several screenplays and directed a short called “Boy Crazee,” detailing the search for love of a young man in NYC.  This was a high point in his education at NYU because he wrote, direct and edited the entire 35 minute piece.

After NYU and a bit tired of the hectic life of New York City, he moved back to D.C. where he found employment with the U.S. Senate.  With his writing degree under his belt, he turned his attention toward directing and was accepted into California Institute of the Arts -- one-of-kind in the country -- Directing for Theater, Video and Cinema, a program established by Sandy Mackendrick and Lou Florimonte.

 

While at CalArts, he worked on several productions and his play, “For Mr. Lynch” (which was written at NYU), was performed on the main stage of the New Playwrights Festival.  His thesis was a short entitled “Hanah's Choice.”  A young woman meets a stranger who makes an impact on her life.  He directed a music video for singer Larry McMurtry which was featured on McMurty's video album. That video album garnered Gregory a Grammy Award nomination.

 

The idea of Bennington Gothique has been mulling around in his consciousness for many years and felt that producing it as a web series was a viable option.  With all of his knowledge of producing and writing, he went full speed ahead.  He found an amazing talented group of actors and hired a visionary cinematographer, Ryan Verbel (who won Outstanding Cinematographer for Bennington Gothique at the LA Webfest).  He also collaborated via social media with the gifted Michael Daniel on the score (it was nominated for an Indie Series Award).

 

 

Theater

Dancing on Checker's Grave
Director/CalArts

Terminal Bar
Director/CalArts

 

For Mr. Lynch
Writer/CalArts New Plays Festival

 

Film/Video

Melinda
Director/Music Video
Grammy Nominee

Hanah's Choice
Director/Writer - CalArts

 

In the Face of Madness
Director/Writer
UCLA

Bennington Gothique
Director/Writer
Web Series

 

Ron and Laura Take Back America

 Actor/Independent Film

 

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