Producing Artistic Director
Grant McGowen is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is an accomplished director, actor, and writer both on screen and stage. His producing credits include film: The Voyeaure, Boys Life, Heavy Water, Deadbeat, No Soliciting; Theatre: Reasons To Be Pretty, Lobby Hero, Autobahn, Tape, Body Awareness, Bachelorette, Sex With the Censor, Beauty Runs on Light Feet, Baby Steps, Struggle Session, Some Girl(s), Assistance, Let's Make It, Wall Street Wedding, Scratching, and Speed the Plow.
His performance credits include theatre; Wall Street Wedding, Assistance, Some Girl(s), Tape, Autobahn, Reasons to Be Pretty, Three's a Crowd, Strange Snow, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, The Shape of Things, La Ronde, Oklahoma, and Footloose; Film: Moving On, Boys Life, No Soliciting, Brohan, Finley, We Are Marshall; TV: Margo and the Universe, Drop Dead Diva, Single Ladies, and several commercials.
Directing credits include films: The Voyeaur, Deadbeat, Boys Life, The Decision; TV: McCullom; theatre: One Minute Play Festival, Lobby Hero, Bachelorette, Autobahn, Speed the Plow, Sex With the Censor, Baby Steps, Struggle Session, Beauty Runs on Light Feet, and Let's Make It.
Playwrighting credits: Wall Street Wedding ("Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl), Let's Make It, One Minute Play Festival; Screenwriting: Deadbeat, Margo and the Universe. Grant's plays challenge the audience with important contemporary issues such as social equity, gender equality, body image, censorship and stigma.
Grant was recently featured in Atlantan Magazine's "Top 20 Most Important People, Places, and Things to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene." His plays have been recommended three times by the Suzi Bass Awards of Atlanta. He won "Best Actor" in Philadelphia's Project 21 Film Festival for the film Moving On, also nominated for "Best Film." His play "Wall Street Wedding" was nominated for the 2014 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award.
Other press: "Teaching artist Grant McGowen and the hardest working man in the theatre business conducts courses into the finer points of acting..." (The Backstage Beat). "Director Grant McGowen has gotten fine, sharp performances from all his actors, in every play. As an observer of the Atlanta theatre scene for quite awhile now, I must say that I’m excited by what Mr. McGowen and Pinch ‘N’ Ouch are offering to Atlanta. It appears that more and more of the city’s finest actors want to work with him. Live theatre needs a sense of being on the edge, unafraid of new ideas, new plays, new actors. I think Mr. McGowen is the real deal, and I hope he sticks around" (Atlanta InTown Paper). "Grant McGowen is quickly becoming a voice of his generation" (Pure Politics). "Grant McGowen can really make a career in comedy if he wanted to" (Punchline Magazine).
Grant is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied the Meisner Technique. He recieved his undergrad at Wagner College in Theatre Performance. In NYC, he performed stand up regularly at The Pit, Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Comedy Cellar. In 2009, he worked as a Theatrical Agent for the Artists Group East. Grant is incredibly passionate and enjoys inspiring artists to work truthfully and collaboratively. He teaches the Meisner Acting Classes at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. In his spare time, he also enjoys photography and other visual arts.