RICHARD GEER
DIRECTOR
AUTHOR
OPEN CIRCLE: STORY ART AND THE REINVENTION OF COMMUNITY
STORY BRIDGE: FROM ALIENATION TO COMMUNITY ACTION

People Magazine says, "Director Richard Geer heals troubled communities with the magic of theatre--and the gift of new hope." Geer's Story Bridge process using personal stories and theater empowers generations and races to play and learn together. Geer’s Story Bridge: From Alienation to Community Action, is co-authored by Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, creators of World Café. "The most important work being done in theater," said Studs Terkel. "Luminous. Pungent. Wildly original," says Jean Houston. Uplifting challenged communities from rural Kentucky to urban neighborhoods in Beijing, Story Bridge empowers individuals as it bonds and energizes groups. Peggy Holman, author of the award-winning Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, calls Story Bridge: "without a doubt, the most efficient approach I’ve experienced to creating a deep sense of community quickly." Geer's second book, Open Circle: Story Arts and the Reinvention of Community, is “a grand gift in a culture starving for community,” according to Bill Kauth co-founder of The Mankind Project. Now in its 27th year, Geer’s original community-based program, Swamp Gravy, has made a cultural mecca of a previously dying town.