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Gregory Crafts
“There’s some good writing going on at Theatre Unleashed… [Crafts] reveals a high level of skill – and, in various ways, daring.”
– The Theatre Ghost
 

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 two 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 both the company’s Managing Director and Board Chair. In these positions, he oversees the company’s operations, maintains their books, and manages their venue, The Belfry Stage. 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 web sites, 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.

Full-Length Plays

Musicals (Full Length & One-Act)

10-Minute Plays

One-Minute Play

Plays in Development

Published Scripts

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

SUPER SIDEKICK: THE MUSICAL

Full-Length Children’s Musical | Devonshire Cultural Center

When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it’s up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day! Little does he know that he’ll also have to contend with Ninja Koalas, dark caves, secret weapons, and an abducted princess who’s considerably braver than he is. Colorful characters, witty humor, and an upbeat catchy score make Super Sidekick: The Musical a treat for young audiences, and an engaging project for artists of all ages.

Devonshire Playhouse in Skokie, IL

PINK HAT BLUES

10-Minute Play | Work-In-Progress Productions at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival

A quirky comedy about baseball, fanaticism, the Boston Red Sox, and what it *really* means to root for the home team.

The Hobgoblin Playhouse in Hollywood, CA

YELLOW MEANS CAUTION

10-Minute Play | Playzapalooza

Max comes home and finds that his wife, Loretta has painted every surface in their apartment bright yellow. Is it a bold style choice, or a sign that there’s something amiss?

Santa Paula Theater Center in Santa Paula, CA

HANG A LAMPSHADE ON IT

10-Minute Play | MadLab Theatre

Two girls fall for every TV trope in the book when they discover they’re about to be the murder victims featured in the cold open of your favorite police procedural drama. A dark comedy in one act.

MadLab Theatre in Columbus, OH

NAILED

10-Minute Play | Acting Our Age: Terrifically Ten, presented by Theatre Unleashed

A pair of newlyweds gets more than they bargained for when they engage in a little mischief on their honeymoon in an infamously cursed ghost town. A comedy in one act.

The Hobgoblin Playhouse in Hollywood, CA

HANG A LAMPSHADE ON IT

10-Minute Play | Short+Sweet Sydney 2018

Max comes home and finds that his wife, Loretta has painted every surface in their apartment bright yellow. Is it a bold style choice, or a sign that there’s something amiss?

Short+Sweet Theatre in Sydney, AU | Directed by Rosie Niven

Gregory Crafts' Education and Training

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

Focus on Acting and Lighting Design

Emerson College | Class of 2003

Friends Like These by Gregory Crafts, published by Steele Spring Stage Rights

In this honest and poignant look at adolescence, Garret, an outsider, navigates the tumultuous halls of his school with his best friend Diz, a self-proclaimed freak. They escape the day-to-day tortures of high school in a game-world called Haven, where they slay monsters and save maidens. When Garret catches the attention of Nicole, a popular cheerleader with an honest heart, it upsets the status quo. Jealousy and betrayal force Garret to confront past mistakes and question who his real friends are. This gut-wrenching new play unswervingly explores the tragic consequences of bullying that have left us staggering as a nation time and time again.

Format: Full Length
Genre: Drama/Tragedy
Run Time: 90-105 minutes
Cast: 3 Male, 2 Female

Super Sidekick: The Musical by Gregory Crafts and Michael Gordon Shapiro, published by Samuel French

Action! Adventure! Romance! Ninja Koalas! There’s all this and more in Super Sidekick, the brand new children’s musical from rising L.A. playwright Gregory Crafts and composer Michael Gordon Shapiro. When famous superhero Blackjack the Bold is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer, it’s up to his assistant Inky to step up and save the day! Little does he know that he’ll also have to contend with Ninja Koalas, dark caves, secret weapons, and an abducted princess who’s considerably braver than he is. Colorful characters, witty humor, and an upbeat catchy score make Super Sidekick: The Musical a treat for young audiences, and an engaging project for thespians of all ages.

Format: Full Length 
Genre:
 Children’s Musical Comedy
Run Time: 50 minutes 
Cast:
 3 Male, 1 Female, 2-4 Either.

Up All Night, an anthology of short plays by Gregory Crafts

A collection of one-act plays by rising Los Angeles playwright Gregory Crafts. Developed from only a short writing prompt, these plays were written, rehearsed and put up in front of a live audience within in a single 24 hour window.

Liquid Courage: A comedy about looking for love in all the wrong places. (2M, 1F)

Wanna Bet?: It’s Dana’s birthday. Her husband and her best friend have made plans for a wonderful evening. Completely different plans… (1M, 2F)

Cut by Occam’s Razor: Two aliens work to formulate a plan after their ship has crashed in the 1940’s Nevada desert. But they’d better hurry, because here comes the US Army! (2, Non-Gender Specific)

Yellow Means Caution: Max comes home and finds that his wife, Loretta has painted every surface in their apartment bright yellow. Is it a bold style choice, or a sign that there’s something amiss? (1M, 1F)

Paved With Good Intentions: A comical disaster in one act full of geek humor. (2M)

Pink Hat Blues: A quirky comedy about baseball and what it really means to root for the home team. (1M, 1F)

Quick Hits for Mid-May

Alright! I’ve been pulling ridiculous hours over at The Hobgoblin Playhouse this week, getting it up and running. And when I haven’t been doing that, I’ve been designing lights for Fringe shows at studio/stage. And when I haven’t been doing that, I’ve been in rehearsal for A Very DIE HARD Christmas. And when I haven’t been doing that… well, you get the idea. Here’s a quick rundown of All The Things happening in my world right now:

Lighting, Writing, and Running

So this week, I went back to high school. Okay, well, not really. But I was hired to design the lights for Fairfax High School’s production of Fame Jr. (and for all my NoVA friends, that’s the Fairfax High School here in Hollywood, not on Route 50 back home. Sorry. I promise I’ll let y’all know next time I’m in town). Between this gig and working at the Assistance League Playhouse a couple weeks ago, I’ve earned a couple of fun design/board op credits.

Three Can Keep a Secret - Indie Voice

“Wonderfully written by Gregory Crafts and skillfully directed by Jacob Smith, Three can Keep a Secretdelivered like only a Theatre Unleashed production can. See this show.”

– Indie Voice
Review of “Three Can Keep a Secret”

Three Can Keep a Secret - NoHoArtsDistrict.com

“It’s hilarious and fun… classic ‘Fringe’ fare… funny, innovative and a little bit strange and all in a very, very good way.

– NoHoArtsDistrict.com
Review of “Three Can Keep a Secret”

Stage Fright - The Theatre Ghost

“There’s some good writing going on at Theatre Unleashed. In their little black box, they’re hiding some jewels.”

– The Theatre Ghost

Famous Last Words - The Theatre Ghost

“…a swift, dark comedy of character.”

– The Theatre Ghost
Review of “Famous Last Words”

Hang a Lampshade On It - The Theatre Ghost

“[Crafts] plays hilariously with what we know, or think we do, and why we think so.”

– The Theatre Ghost
Review of “Hang a Lampshade On It”

Stage Fright - The Theatre Ghost 2

“…[Crafts] reveal[s] a high level of skill – and, in various ways, daring.”

– The Theatre Ghost
Review of “Stage Fright”

Super Sidekick: The Musical - Backstage

“Crafts’ tale teaches children to not fear the dark, that girls can do anything boys can do, and that confidence is the key.”

– Backstage

Review of “Super Sidekick: The Musical”

Super Sidekick: The Musical - The Columbus Dispatch

“The book by Gregory Crafts is refreshingly comic, and the witty, well-crafted songs by Michael Gordon Shapiro are surprisingly clever.”

– The Columbus Dispatch
Review of “Super Sidekick: The Musical

Super Sidekick: The Musical - NYTheatre.com

“Gregory Crafts’ book is funny and clear, providing a good foundation for Michael Gordon Shapiro’s brilliant lyrics, which get more impressive the closer one listens.”

– NYTheatre.com
Review of “Super Sidekick: The Musical”

Super Sidekick: The Musical - NYTheatre.com 2

“At an hour long,  Super Sidekick is a quick moving, no frills adventure kids are sure to enjoy.”

– NYTheatre.com

Review of “Super Sidekick: The Musical”

Super Sidekick: The Musical - Hi! Drama

“When I went, the audience was filled with grown-ups who acted like kids in their total enjoyment of the piece and the actual kids that were there had an even better time!”

– Hi! Drama
Review of “Super Sidekick: The Musical”

Super Sidekick: The Musical - Hi! Drama 2

“Not only is the story delightful, but the lyrics are, too!”

– Hi! Drama
Review of “Super Sidekick: The Musical”

Friends Like These - Backstage West

“[Playwright Gregory Crafts] has thrown in surprising details and created authentic characters who give us a fresh twist on teen angst.”

– Backstage West
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - Stage Raw

Recommended: Crafts does a good job of capturing the nightmare of daily abuse —particularly the vile homophobic slurs that assault Garrett —and offers sympathetic insight into those unpopular teens who are pushed to a murderous breaking point.”

– Stage Raw
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - Bitter Lemons

“The strength of Friends Like These is Crafts’ ability to capture both the pace and awkwardness of high school… Writer Crafts and director Wendy Gough Soroka cleverly stress “how” the tragedy occurs choosing to avoid the more elusive ‘why.'”

– Bitter Lemons
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - Gia on the Move

“The level of emotional intelligence, language and teen experientiality of the material is pretty spot on, thus, important enough to sit through and relevant as all hell.”

– Gia on the Move
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - Broadway World

“I will be thinking and talking about this show for a long time and sincerely hope it will be produced at schools across the country.”

– Broadway World
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - East Village San Diego

“Powerful performances and a relatable storyline make this a memorable, moving, and above all, must-see show.”

– East Village San Diego
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - L.A. Theatre Review

“Wonderfully written, Friends Like These is a must see play and will put a knot in your stomach by the end.”

– L.A. Theatre Review
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - Proxart Magazine

“You will be changed after seeing Friends Like These.”

– Proxart Magazine
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - NYTheatre.com

“…a shrewd study of modern adolescence.”

– NYTheatre.com
Review of “Friends Like These”

Friends Like These - L.A. Examiner

“A Masterpiece”

– L.A. Examiner
Review of “Friends Like These”

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