Gretchen Shae Moore

Gretchen Shae Moore teaches writing at Berklee. She also writes music and performs with her band, the Knock Ups. In 2015, she performed with U2 at TD Bank Garden in Boston. The Knock Ups participated in WZLX's Rock & Roll Rumble in 2016, and WZLX named her song “Dionysius” in its top 10 local songs of the year. Moore also serves as a board member of New Beginnings Reentry Services. Because of this passion, she has created a course on mass incarceration that she currently teaches at Berklee.

  • Career Highlights
    • Performances with U2, the Smithereens, and Cherie Currie (the Runaways)
    • Instruments include piano and guitar
  • Awards
    • Recipient of Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) grant for New Beginnings
    • Recipient of the Presidential Arts Award for creative writing
    • Berklee Urban Service Award Recipient 2019
  • Education
    • M.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston, English with a concentration in Irish literature
    • B.A., Salem State University, English with a theater minor

In Their Own Words

"Whether in conference, in class, or in the margins of your essays, I try to be both supportive and challenging. My goal is to help you get closer to the meaning you are trying to make with your writing and not to some pre-formed answer in my own head. I am interested in helping you say what you want to say within the context of your assignments and with great respect for your point of view. Your success is my greatest concern. I design my courses to make success possible."