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Raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Greenan attended Whitney High School (Cerritos, California) from 6th through 12th grade and then went on to graduate from University of California, Davis. Currently based in Seattle, Greenan operates her film production companies, Petal Films and 3 Dog Pictures. Greenan has received national and international attention for her feature-length films, documentaries, and particularly, her semi-autobiographical web series, Family: the web series. In addition, Greenan has produced several music videos for Seattle band Gaia Consort, and wrote an article on the band for New Witch magazine. The Newsweek article which profiled Greenan, her web series and her real life family, was named one of Newsweek's Editor's Top Ten articles of 2009. In 2011, Terisa Greenan produced and directed the documentary feature, "Someday You," which profiles American author Robert Clark Young and his years long stint as caregiver to his elderly parents. Greenan's work often portrays a controversial subject in an unexpectedly nonchalant manner. As an actress, Greenan has worked in films alongside notable actors such as Cary Elwes, Dave Coulier and Tang Wei. Greenan openly advocates polyamory and lives a polyamorous life with her two male partners. The three have lived together since 2000.
Terisa Greenan is an outspoken advocate for sexual freedom and has spoken on the topic of polyamory in various public forums, including multiple appearances on CNN and The BJ Shea Morning Experience, at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and in Canada with John Ince (politician) and Janet Hardy on a panel coinciding with a landmark Canadian court case regarding whether the anti-polygamy section of Canadian Criminal Code 293 was drawn broadly enough to impinge on the human rights of polyamorists. In 2009, Greenan co-hosted with sex therapist Dr. Roger Libby a weekly radio call-in show "Sex Once A Week" on KKNW. The radio show offered support and advice to listeners and callers with questions regarding any aspects of sex and sexuality.
- "A different kind of Family on TV” Star Foster" patheos.com, November - October 2011. Accessed November 17, 2011.
- "Seattle-based ‘Family’ webisodes no ordinary sexy sitcom." Mark Rahner Seattle Times, March 9, 2009. Accessed July 3, 2011.
- "Local family's lifestyle gets national attention." Michelle Esteban KOMO TV News, July 22, 2009. Accessed July 3, 2011.
- "Only You. And You. And You." Jessica Bennett Newsweek Magazine, July 29, 2009. Accessed July 3, 2011.
- "Polyamour: le bonheur a plusieurs" Yves Schaeffner Elle Quebec, September 14, 2010. Accessed July 5, 2011.
- "Family webisodes spotlight polyamory" Natalie Ingraham Kinsey Confidential, April 8, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- "I love you and you and you" Firecracker Films Channel 4 UK, 2006. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- "Poly and Parenting" Cunning Minx Polyamory Weekly, 2010. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- "Polyamory Panel Inspires Momentum" Shanesmom Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association, 2011. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- "Gaia Consort Evolves" Terisa Greenan New Witch Magazine, Issue #7 August - October 2004. Accessed August 8, 2011.
- "Here's the Story...of a Lovely Lady...Who was Living with Two very Lovely Guys" Maria Padhila Planet Waves, December 17, 2011. Accessed January 4, 2012.
- "Polyamory" Kim Iverson Lifestyle.com.au, April 1, 2006. Accessed February 14, 2012.