Flo Greenberg, 1925-2017
Florence Salant “Flo” Greenberg, beloved acting teacher and acting coach, passed away peacefully at her home in Manhattan on September 15, 2017. Flo was one of Elmwood’s earliest members and helped set the tone for professional productions that became the legacy of the playhouse.
Born in raised in Evanston, Illinois, Flo began her acting career in childhood, appearing with the children’s chorus in various productions at the Chicago Civic Opera, and also portraying Wendy in Peter Pan with the Children’s Theater of Chicago for over three years. After graduating from high school at the age of 15, Flo won a scholarship to Northwestern University where she studied acting along with such notables as Charleton Heston. Her acting and musical talents led her to New York City where she began and enjoyed a long career as a commercial and voice over artist.
The demands of a growing family brought her to Upper Nyack where she became involved with what later became The Elmwood Playhouse. In the early 1960s, she wrote and produced Exurbia, a collection of comic sketches chronicling the challenges faced by creative people living in the suburbs. The piece was originally created as a fund-raiser, but became so popular that it went “on tour” (in Rockland) for several weeks.
During those years, Flo performed Off-Broadway, and taught Drama at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx and at Rockland Community College. In 1966, Flo began her long association with Nyack High School, teaching speech and directing the school’s acclaimed student productions of musicals and dramatic plays. Throughout that time, and until just last year, Flo taught acting privately at her home and in her Manhattan studio, The Actors’ Workshop. Her students were primarily children and young adults, many of whom have gone on to substantial careers.
Flo is remembered for her ability to discover and encourage talent, her optimism, her easy laughter and for her kind, generous and loving heart. She was a great lady of the theater and will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. I was one of the lucky ones.