Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater (winner of the 2003 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award) was founded in 1980 and celebrates 34 years of bringing quality performances and educational workshops to audiences throughout the world.


Artistic Director Leslie Elias and company perform environmental and multicultural shows for children of all ages. The company performs in schools, theater, libraries, museums and festivals throughout the U.S and abroad. Grumbling Gryphons is well known for engaging children in a highly participatory drama experience, with live music, marvelous masks, and imaginative content. Pre-performance workshops and residencies in drama, storytelling, music, movement, mask making and puppetry enhance every performance. Theater Arts Summer Camps for children provide enriching arts experiences for children.


To find out more about our programs and repertoire please contact or call us at 860-672-0286 for bookings & schedule.

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Please come preview our Workshops & Performances with children! 
See our unique approach to educational theater firsthand!


Green Man




2003 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award


Grumbling Gryphons is the winner of the 2003 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, the highest award one can achieve in this state. View the video below to learn more.




Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp

The annual Grumbling Gryphons Summer Camp will be held August 4th through August 8th. Download a registration form here or read more about it here.

Summer Camp Performance
Friday August 8th at 5 pm


Grumbling Gryphons performs The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey


It was a great pleasure meeting you. The day was very successful. People had a great time. Many thanks for the fantastic performance.

Marjorie Frankel Nathanson

Executive Director

Hunterdon Art Museum

Upcoming Performance Schedule


Friday, August 8th, 5:00 pm, Cornwall Town Hall
The Adventures of Pinocchio

Campers will perform The Adventures of Pinocchio, an original script by director Leslie Elias with input from staff and campers. Leslie Elias is joined by Gryphon actors- Julius Reese who will be teaching Hip-Hop dance, Lindsay DeWinkeeler who will teach drama and Johnny Segalla who will teach puppet making, improvisation and art. Musicians Kathleen Sartor and Giovanni Ciarlo of Sirius Coyote will teach drumming and music. A special intensive theater class for 10-14 yr. olds will be offered after camp each day in Hip Hop, Shakespeare & Theater Techniques from 2-3 p.m. Both groups will perform on Friday, August 8th at 5:00 p.m. in a Public performance at Cornwall Town Hall followed by Festivities on The Town Green with Matica, Circus Artists who will juggle, stilt walk with troubadours and a strolling giant puppet created by Tim Prentice and Ellen Moon. Arvolyn Hill will perform as a Hula Hoop Dancer as well as teach the art of hula-hoop making and dancing. Suggested donation of $5.00.

Saturday, August 9th, 11:00 am, The Eastfield Mall, Springfield, Massachusetts

Performing Anansi

Special Opportunity to perform with Grumbling Gryphons in a Grumbling Gryphons Production as the final act of their "Children's Summer Theater Series". Please register in advance for a pre-performance workshop to take part in the show! 



See our unique approach to educational theater firsthand!

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Goshen Center School

Julius Reese and Jonhny Segalla with school children from Goshen Center School from
The Myth of Persephone production




Learn more about us and see us in action!  



Leslie Elias and Johnny Segalla as Persephone and Lord Pluto, King of Hades

Johnny Segalla  with Cerberus, the 3-Headed Dog in The Myth Of Persephone


performance news

Grumbling Gryphons invites you to preview our workshops and performances with children! Please call the school or organization in advance to confirm dates and notify them of your visit.

PLEASE COME PREVIEW OUR WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCES WITH CHILDREN! See our unique approach to educational theater firsthand! Please call the school or organization in advance to confirm the date and notify them of your visit.

Accolades for the Grumbling Gryphons

See REVIEWS for comments from teachers, parents, audience members and participants or click on a link to read a recent article about Grumbling Gryphons:

Lakeville Journal   Waterbury Republican
Lakeville Journal
August 19, 2010
  Waterbury Republican A&E
Sept. 12, 2010

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration at Cornwall Town Hall
"On August 12 the Cornwall Town Hall resounded with the lilting tunes of Kreol melodies from Haiti as this year's posse of Grumbling Gryphons campers put their hearts and souls into a final performance that delighted a full house of all ages. Cornwall's very own children's theatre group, led by Leslie Elias, who has a near-magical ability to conjure up colorful pageants of myth, mystery and humor with her international crew of talented performers, also celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. The spectacle continued onto the town green, as a sinuous giant green man (a three-person puppet, mesmerizing to watch, designed by Ellen Moon and Tim Prentice) and a very tall and beautiful lady in flowing white (on the tallest stilts you've ever seen) led cast, audience and all in a dance on the green, amid the sqeals of delighted children. It was a gem of an evening."

Laura Tyson (parent of Sienna Li, a veteran Grumbling Gryphon's actress & camper)

Praise for Anansi: The Trickster Spider

February 2011 - Abram Lansing, Cohoes, NY
Follow this link to read the school's comments and to view their slideshow!


Praise for Sea Magic: Masks, Mermaids, Music and Merriment!

June 25, 2010 from Chris Staubach — Head of Youth Services
The Public Library of New London
63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

“Thank you for your powerful Sea Magic performance. Wow! Wow! Wow! The costumes and props! The acting! The audience couldn’t resist participating! Tremendous fun and an environmental message even the parents could understand! You haven’t seen the last of us in New London. We want you back again and again. Thank you so much for sharing your art with us.”

Sincerely yours,
Cris Staubach
July 7, 2010


Grumbling Gryphons Theater Arts Camp

Each summer, children ages 5-15 are invited to attend Grumbling Gryphons Annual Summer Theater Arts Camp to be held July & August in Cornwall, CT. Children will help create and perform in an original play directed by Leslie Elias. More guest artists are to be announced. Visit the CAMP page for information or to register for a camp.

Contact Leslie Elias, Artistic Director 860-672-0286 or grumblinggryphons@ for more information!


More performances dates to be added soon!



Recent Performance:

on Saturday, Dec. 26 - Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009
We were happy to perform at the new Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT (see Reviews for parent comments)

The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea
Directed by Leslie Elias

The audience joins Marina, a young teenager, on a fantastic voyage to the sea where they meet King Neptune, the Mermaid Queen and a host of ocean creatures in this participatory story of survival in waters filled with drifting ghost nets, floating garbage and creeping oil spills.

Presented by: Life Publications

Grumbling Gryphons is the winner of the 2003 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award, the highest award one can achieve in this state. Founded in 1980, the Gryphons have been performing in schools, theaters, festivals, museums and libraries for 30 years.