Virginia Wall Gruenert (Actor and Playwright) is co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of off the WALL Productions in Carnegie, PA.
A native of New York City, Virginia grew up in Bogota, New Jersey and is a cum laude graduate of Syracuse University’s Drama Department. She has studied acting, voice, and movement in both New York (Maria Wida, Arthur Storch, Jaques Chwat) and London (National Theater, Bristol Old Vic), and in Los Angeles with the legendary Stella Adler.
Her play Shaken & Stirred was the first play ever produced by off the WALL. A relative newcomer to southwestern PA at the time, Virginia initially played all four roles. She subsequently rewrote Shaken & Stirred for four actors, and the play had a successful run at Theater 54 in New York City in October of 2011. Her short play Bugaboo was featured in SWAN Day Pittsburgh 2012. Her full-length play Without Ruth had its world premiere with off the WALL in May 2013. This play was adapted to a one-woman solo piece called Mother Lode that ran in repertory at otW in 2016, and had its New York City premiere in February of 2018.
Other NYC acting credits: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Perry St. Theatre), Camelot Revisited (Theater for the New City). Syracuse: Bye Bye Birdie, Anyone Can Whistle, The Happy Prince, The Adding Machine, The Braggart Soldier, Ah, Wilderness!, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Kennedy’s Children. Villanova Master’s Program: Watt (adapted from Samuel Beckett’s novel by Charles Van Buren). off the WALL: Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha); Season’s Greetings…! (Jocelyn); Agnes of God (Martha Livingstone); ‘night, Mother (Thelma); The House of Yes (Mrs. Pascal); The Other Place (Julianna); Well (Ann);
Ghosts (Mrs. Alving); Byhalia, Mississippi (Celeste).
Virginia is a proud member of:
The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
The League of Professional Theatre Women
Actors’ Equity Association.
International Center for Women Playwrights