Gayle Embrey

Filmmaker & Licensed Professional Counselor

Gayle Embrey received a B.A. in the Arts from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied art history, painting, and photography.  She later received a M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology from The Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Embrey has shown and sold her work in galleries and exhibitions in Colorado.

Embrey turned her creative attention to filmmaking in 2006 as an Executive Producer of the documentary Playground Project detailing the commercial sexual exploitation of US children.

She owns Power Surge Productions LLC, and her first feature-length documentary, Beyond The Walls, screened in over fourteen film festivals worldwide ( In collaboration with filmmaker Sue Drinker, Embrey has created two short documentary films: Art as a Way of Being: Squirrels, Sex & Big Ass Grinders in late 2013 and Battlement Mesa, in 2017. In late 2017, Embrey completed a book titled Beyond The Walls, which goes into greater depth about social justice murals around the world than the documentary of the same name.

In addition to her artistic endeavors, she has studied yoga and meditation for almost 30 years.  These practices form the essence and bedrock of all that Embrey focuses on in her life and work. She is a partner in Embrey Interests, Ltd, a commercial real estate company in Texas and is Vice President of the Board of the Embrey Family Foundation, overseeing all granting in Colorado. She is on the Advisory Boards of Colors of Connection, Artworks for Freedom and Nomi Network.

Gayle Embrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado who retired from private practice in 2010. Her practice focused on trauma, addiction and eating disorders. Her work in this field continues to inform her film work, writing and philanthropy, bringing a specific lens to issues of human rights and social justice.