Terisa Greenan

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Terisa Greenan
Terisa Greenan Dec 2010.jpg
Terisa Greenan December 2010
Born (1967-11-15) November 15, 1967 (age 49)
Sacramento, California, USA
Residence Mount Baker, Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Other names
  • Daisy
  • Eliza
Education Whitney High School
Alma mater University of California, Davis
Years active 1990s-present
Known for Polyamory advocacy
Notable work
  • Markus Dinkel
  • 1991 - 1997 (divorced)
  • Scott
  • Larry

Terisa Greenan (born Sacramento, California, 1967) is an American film producer, film director, writer and stage and film actress.


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 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. 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 partners Scott and Larry. The group has lived together since 2000.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Actress (plus)[edit]

  • Sleep Come Free Me (1998) as Sally
  • The Observation Room (2005)
  • The Family Holiday (2008) as Isadora Brown
  • Miss Shellagh's Miniskirt (2008) as Margaret Czarnecki (and as director, editor)
  • The Day My Parents Became Cool (2009) as Mom
  • Family (2008-2009) as Eliza (and as writer, producer, director, editor)
  • The Classified (2009) as Kim
  • Late Autumn (2010) as Prison guard
  • A Face for All Occasions (2010) as Voice
  • Chop Socky Boom (2 episodes, 2012) as Mitzi
  • Someday You (2012) (as producer, director)
  • The Rite of Sol, a Rock Opera (2013 (as editor, cinematographer)
  • A Bit of Bad Luck (2014) as Country store clerk



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.

"The Year The Press Came Calling, or, How My Girlfriend Mainstreamed Polyamory", ConnotationPress.com.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2013, won shared 'Award of Recognition' from Best Shorts Competition for 'Ensemble Cast' of Chop Socky Boom
  • 2015, won shared 'Outstanding Achievement Award from LA Web Fest for 'Ensemble Cast: Comedy' Chop Socky Boom


  1. ^ "Seattle-based ‘Family’ webisodes no ordinary sexy sitcom." Mark Rahner Seattle Times, March 9, 2009. Accessed July 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Local family's lifestyle gets national attention." Michelle Esteban KOMO TV News, July 22, 2009. Accessed July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "Only You. And You. And You." Jessica Bennett Newsweek Magazine, July 29, 2009. Accessed July 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Polyamour: le bonheur a plusieurs" Yves Schaeffner Elle Quebec, September 14, 2010. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Family webisodes spotlight polyamory" Natalie Ingraham Kinsey Confidential, April 8, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "I love you and you and you" Firecracker Films Channel 4 UK, 2006. Accessed July 7, 2011.

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