Cheryl Green holds an MFA in Performance as Public Practice and an MS in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her MFA studies focused on ethnography, autobiographical performance and improvisation. While in graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist, she assisted in drama for social skills classes with a Registered Drama Therapist and taught comedy improvisation to children with autism spectrum disorder.
She began in mixed abilities performance first in a peer education theater troupe at Portland Community College. Then, she served as stage hand for Actual Lives Austin in 2001 and moved on to dancer, performer, stage manager and teacher in Portland, OR. At her start, she was a non-disabled performer. After acquiring a disability in 2010, she continued in the performance world with an increased emphasis on disability access for performers and patrons as well as a much stranger sense of humor.
Combining her background in storytelling and performance with technical knowledge she gained training to be a clinician, Cheryl has become a disability arts advocate with a special emphasis on individuals with non-apparent disabilities from brain injury. Her first two films, Cooking with Brain Injury and Friending with Brain Injury, show real-life everyday cognitive, social, communication and emotional challenges after brain injury in the surreal setting of daytime TV programs.
She is currently on the board of BIRRDsong (Brain-injury Information Referral and Resource Development) and the board of ORCA (Oregon Cultural Access). She volunteers with DACP (Disability Art and Culture Project).