Gretjen Clausing has worked for 21 years in independent media exhibition as a media arts programmer/curator in Philadelphia and is a media activist committed to rethinking public media and securing citizen’s access to media, notably public access television, since 1997. Currently she is the Executive Director of Philadelphia Community Access Media (PhillyCAM), the city's new public access television station and community media center. From 2004-2009 she was the Program Director of Scribe Video Center overseeing programming of workshops, screenings and events for this nationally recognized community media center. Also while at Scribe she produced the 2005 National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) national conference, “Taking Liberties: Freedom, Creativity and Risk in the Media Arts” held in Philadelphia, which assembled a national constituency of over 450 leaders in the media arts for an intensive inquiry into the current state of the field and its future. Since 2003, she has co-curated the dance film festival Motion Pictures with Terry Fox of Philadelphia Dance Projects. From 1999-2004 she was the Program Director of Film at the Prince where she created and ran a repertory film program with strong emphasis on work by emerging and established artists, music related media and programs soliciting audience engagement at the Prince Music Theater. For ten years, from 1989-1999, she worked at the Neighborhood Film/Video Project and Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema where she selected and produced programs for this internationally recognized film festival including filmmaking seminars and the informal Cine Café discussion series and coordinated the “Set in Philadelphia” Screenplay Competition.
She was one of the co-creators/producers of the television show Big Tea Party, an educational television series that has aired weekly on DUTV Cable 54 since January of 1999 and on Free Speech TV since 2004. Big Tea Party received the Festival of Independents Best Documentary Prize at the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema in 2001 for Unconventional Coverage: The Message and the Means, an hour-long film about the protests during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia excerpts of which aired on Crashing the Party produced by the Independent Media Center. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition, a grassroots group which successfully lobbied for the creation of public access television in Philadelphia, a landmark victory. She has been a panelist for Bush Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Program, Ira Radzwill Documentary Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts.