Grant McGowen

Producing Artistic Director

Grant McGowen is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is an Award winning Director, Actor, Playwright, Teacher, Cinematographer, and Producer.


His producing credits include films: Smiley Hollow, Alone, Circuit, No Such Thing, The Voyeur, Halloween 8, Boys Life, Heavy Water, Deadbeat, No Soliciting, Margo and the Universe, and The Mother Load; Theatre: Girls Life, Gideon's Knot, The Aliens, Pizza Man, Water By The Spoonful, The Shape Of Things, 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 acting credits include theatre: The Aliens, 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, Beauty and the Beast, and Footloose; Film: Moving On, Boys Life, No Soliciting, Brohan, Finley, We Are Marshall; TV: Margo and the Universe, Drop Dead Diva, Single Ladies, Killer Couples and several TV commercials.


Directing credits include films: The Meaningful Life of Art & Henry, No Such Thing, Halloween 8, The Voyeur, Deadbeat, Boys Life, The Decision; TV: The Mother Load, Margo and the Universe, McCullom; Theatre: Water By The Spoonful, Pizza Man, 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.


Playwriting credits: Wall Street Wedding ("Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl), Let's Make It ("Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl), One Minute Play Festival; Screenwriting: Smiley Hollow, Deadbeat, Margo and the Universe, and McCullom. Grant's plays challenge the audience with important contemporary issues such as social equity, gender equality, body image, censorship and stigma. His latest play, Girls Life, a coming of age about urban millennial, will be presented this fall at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre.


Grant was recently featured in Atlantan Magazine's "Top 20 Most Important People, Places, and Things to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene." 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" received "Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl and was nominated for the 2014 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. His play "Let's Make It" was honored as one of the "Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl. His plays have been recommended three times by the Suzi Bass Awards of Atlanta. His feature film "No Soliciting," which he Produced and starred in, won "Best Film" in the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. It also won "Best Acting Ensemble" and "Best Fiction Film" in the Gwinnett Film Festival.


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). "...raw, daring... McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... that seems all too real... If you go for bold and 'now' theater with a hard edge, this [theatre] is well worth checking out. Ultimately, Grant McGowen deserves strong credit, because his director's hand is never obvious." (East Atlanta Patch)


Grant is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied Acting and Filmmaking. He received his undergrad at Wagner College in Theatre Performance. In NYC, he performed improv and stand up regularly at The Pit, Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Comedy Cellar. In 2009, he worked as a Theatrical Agent and a Casting Director.


Grant teaches the Meisner Acting Classes at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is incredibly passionate and enjoys inspiring artists to work truthfully and collaboratively. In his spare time, he also enjoys photography, music and people watching.

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