Director
Gregory Crafts
“Crafts is always stellar, both on stage and in the director’s chair.”
– Fanbase Press
 

About Gregory

Gregory Crafts is an award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003, Greg migrated to Los Angeles. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

In 2008, Greg co-founded Theatre Unleashed, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company located in North Hollywood, CA, and currently serves as the company’s Managing Director, where he oversees the company’s operations. Greg is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, the Dramatists Guild, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, an Ovation Voter, and a founding board member of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles.

In 2016, Greg and his wife Jenn formed StageCrafts L.L.C., a live event venue management company. On January 1st, 2017, the pair took control of studio/stage, a unique performance space located in Koreatown.

With what little free time he has, Greg enjoys supporting local theatre, reading historical fiction, shotgunning sci-fi shows on Netflix, playing video games, designing websites, participating in 5k mud runs, collecting comic books, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and practicing martial arts. He also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox.

A list of Gregory Crafts' recent directing credits for stage and screen

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS

Musical Parody | Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018
WINNER – The 2018 Fringe Award for Best In Comedy
WINNER – The ENCORE! Producers’ Award
NOMINEE – Cherry Poppins’ Ripest Show
TheTVolution.com ACTING HONORS – Jim Martyka
TheTVolution.com DIRECTING HONORS – Gregory Crafts
GOLD MEDAL – TheTVolution.com
#SEEIT – IndieVoiceBlog
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Gia On The Move
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – My Haunt Life

High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop hiding somewhere inside. He’s alone, tired…and he doesn’t like Christmas. Come see a stage version of the holiday classic, complete with action, humor, Professor Snape taking people hostage, singing, dancing, the guy from ‘Family Matters,’ guns, puppets, explosions, the EPA guy from ‘Ghostbusters’ getting punched in the face, and Christmas miracles and familiar holiday friends galore. Maybe even an appearance by the legend himself, Santa Claus! Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas!

Theatre Unleashed at studio/stage | Written by Josh Carson, Andy Rocco Kraft, and Brad Erickson

Gregory Crafts' Education and Training

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

Focus on Acting and Lighting Design

Emerson College | Class of 2003

How should rising actors do Comic-Con? Plus, a few updates!

Last week, Jenn and I snuck away from L.A. for a couple days and headed down to San Diego to celebrate our ninth anniversary, and also to take in some of this year’s Comic-Con.

This was my first time attending SDCC since 2013 (I’d been going regularly for one of my former jobs since 2010), and the first time I’d ever gotten to attend it as a Professional (thank you, Altered Spirits), instead of an Exhibitor.

A Very DIE HARD Christmas - StageSceneL.A. (2017)

“Version 3.0 is even sharper than last year’s new-improved version under Gregory Crafts’ better-than-ever direction.”

– StageSceneL.A.
Review of “A Very DIE HARD Christmas”

A Very DIE HARD Christmas - Fanbase Press (2016)

“Under the skillful direction of TU Managing Director Gregory Crafts, the show’s rousing musical numbers and action sequences are a holiday delight, delivering a non-stop thrill ride that rivals the excitement of the original film.”

– Fanbase Press
Review of “A Very DIE HARD Christmas” (2016)

A Very DIE HARD Christmas - The_Detective

“Every aspect of the show: the wit, songs, satire, improvisation, set use and direction, every single aspect was on point. All building to an ending that felt like Christmas magic was happening on stage.”

– The_Detective
Review of “A Very DIE HARD Christmas”

A Very DIE HARD Christmas - Fanbase Press

“…director Gregory Crafts skillfully guides this talented troupe through a journey of hilarity, action, and holiday cheer.”

– Fanbase Press
Review of “A Very DIE HARD Christmas”

A Very DIE HARD Christmas - StageSceneL.A.

“Gregory Crafts once again directs with freewheeling glee…”

– StageSceneL.A.
Review of “A Very DIE HARD Christmas” (2016)

POPE! An Epic Musical - Stage Raw

“Gregory Crafts directs with verve, maintaining a good pace and eliciting fine performances from his troupe and, above all, milking the broad comedy at every turn without going overboard.”

– Stage Raw
Review of “POPE! An Epic Musical”

POPE! An Epic Musical - ReviewPlays.com

“The entire cast plays it for laughs but Director Gregory Crafts manages to keep them from going too much over the top as they romp through this zany aberrance.”

– ReviewPlays.com
Review of “POPE! An Epic Musical”

POPE! An Epic Musical - Stage Struck Review

“…as put together by director Gregory Crafts, this thing is just fast-paced, cleverly designed fun.”

– Stage Struck Review
Review of “POPE! An Epic Musical”

POPE! An Epic Musical - Stage Struck Review 2

“[POPE!] flows with great rapidity, scattering sight gags and ridiculous suppositions with great abandon. It’s an entertainment, through and through…”

– Stage Struck Review
Review of “POPE! An Epic Musical”

POPE! An Epic Musical - StageSceneL.A.

“Under Gregory Crafts’ direction, the cast score laugh after laugh in performances that at times seem almost improvised… Crafts and company’s freewheeling approach suits the material (very SNL meets Mel Brooks).”

– StageSceneL.A.
Review of “A Very DIE HARD Christmas”

The Unserious Chekhov - L.A. Weekly

Dirty Tragedians and Leprous Playwrights, directed by Gregory Crafts [is] staged with an overabundance of theatrical shenanigans, tumbledown props and costumes, it’s oddly charming, mainly because of the cast’s wild antics.”

– L.A. Weekly
Review of “The Unserious Chekhov”

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