Gigi Rosenberg

Gigi RosenbergGigi Rosenberg is an author, performer, artist coach and presentation coach. 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.
Gigi has 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, she writes about family secrets and the losses, paradoxes and impossible expectations of being a mother, daughter, wife, and human. As a consultant, she draws upon her background in theater, psychology, visual art, production management, storytelling and corporate communications. She teaches artists how to get stuff done in the direction of true north, wherever that may be. AndGigi Rosenberg she teaches speakers how to get standing ovations.
She has been called a logjam dislodger, a conversation partner, a problem solver, a bossy pants and the answer to a prayer. She’s been told that she has a doppelgänger who’s a surgeon. When people forget her name, they call her Judy, Gina or Mimi. Born in New York City to parents who were both professional visual artists, she grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in Queens, and in Boston. At McGill University Gigi received a bachelor’s in anthropology but her real education happened in the McGill Daily newsroom where she worked as a reporter, reviewer, and photographer and as editor of the Weekly, the daily paper’s arts supplement. Since McGill, she has 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 Gigi RosenbergArts and Sundance Institute. In 2014, she was selected for the Jack Straw Writers Program in Seattle, curated by Felicia Gonzalez. In Boston and in Portland, Oregon, she worked for 15 years for corporations and nonprofits.
As vice-president at Larry Miller Productions in Boston and as a freelance producer in Portland she produced TV commercials, corporate videos, films and print projects. In Paris, she worked as a translator on an LU Cookies spot as dogs on the set stood paws up on the lunch table and licked their plates clean. After winning grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council and then serving on a panel to review grants, she was struck by how few artists could write aboutPrint Stop their creative projects in a way that would inspire someone to write a check.
In 2006, she offered to teach a workshop for artists on grant writing at RACC. From there, she branched out to national workshops which appealed to her inner performer and grassroots educator. The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing grew out of her love of books, storytelling and bringing power to the people. Her current project is the memoir My Secret Father about how she survived her family.

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