Actor • Playwright • Designer • Producer • Director • Game Master
As anyone who dabbles in theatrical effects knows, cheap stage blood is very unforgiving and will stain your skin and clothes if you look at it the wrong way, whereas most commercially available bottles of “washable fabric-safe fake blood” come in tiny bottles that are prohibitively expensive. So, how do we keep the cleaning budget from ballooning out of control? By making it ourselves using my tried and true, super-sexy, fabric-safe, no-stain washable stage blood recipe, that’s how!
My friend Brandie is a talented author, playwright, and librettist (and a burgeoning theatre producer). So, when I saw her post that she was doing a signing at Comic Con this weekend, I wasn’t surprised. What caught me off guard was that this signing wasn’t for her YA Fantasy duology, Gold Spun. Instead it was for a project I hadn’t heard about: a trio of graphic novel anthologies titled “Cthulhu is Hard to Spell.”
Alright! It’s 2pm on Wednesday. I’m sitting in the bar at the Marriott Downtown. Preview Night begins in just a few hours. I drove down to San Diego from Los Angeles this morning and arrived a little while ago. My jacket is pressed, my go bag is loaded, my knee is taped up (after spraining it two and a half weeks ago), and I’m ready to mix and mingle with my fellow industry folks.
Let me start this off by stating that I am not a member of the WGA. I’m an actor and a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity, and the Dramatists Guild. I’ve seen a lot of posts about What Actors Should Do During the #WGAstrike. Erica S. Bream and The Casting Directors Cut both put out great guides back in May. And I love them! But there was one thing that bothered me about those guides.
If you haven’t been following my Instagram, or checked out Dime Store Detective Stories at the Hollywood Fringe Festival website, you may not have seen some of these gorgeous photos of our first episode, taken by Matt Kamimura!
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is almost upon us! From June 8th to June 25th, over two hundred and fifty individual productions will be going up at venues across Hollywood.
Nothing like a monthly check-in to keep me accountable and on task! Here’s what I accomplished in March and April, and what I’m planning on doing between now and next month!
Just got back to LA after spending another lovely weekend up in Pine Mountain Club. I love our quarterly Theatre Unleashed Writers’ Den Writing Retreats. It’s so nice to get out of town for a few days, leave all of our normal routine concerns behind, and focus exclusively on creation.
While working on Carrie: The Musical Horror last year at Boston Court Pasadena for Sequoyah School, I connected with the President of Conundrum Theatre Company, Lisa Sedares. Lisa and I hit it off pretty quickly, and before I knew it, she’d hired me to design her company’s upcoming production of Seussical the Musical.
Happy Opening Day to those who celebrate, and Let’s Go Red Sox! In honor of the occasion, I’m offering two of my ten-minute plays, The Boys of Spring And Fall and Pink Hat Blues for free today only on Amazon.
It’s that time again! Here’s what I accomplished over the last month, and what I’m planning on accomplishing over the next few weeks. Grateful for my Career Accountability Group and my Accountability Partner to help keep me on track. Let’s go!
“Gregory Crafts is always stellar, both on stage and in the directorial chair.”
Gregory Crafts is an award-winning and critically acclaimed multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than thirty years of industry experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and producer.
After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003, Greg migrated to Los Angeles, California, where he currently plies a multitude of trades that allow him to flex his creative muscles. He resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their cats.
In 2008, Greg co-founded Theatre Unleashed, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre ensemble based in Hollywood, CA, and he proudly serves as the company’s Executive Director.
Greg is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, the Dramatists Guild, a Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and a founding board member of the Theatre Producers of Southern California. He has also previously served as a board member of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Flat Tire Theatre Company.
In late 2016, Greg and his wife Jenn teamed up to form a live event venue management company. On January 1st, 2017, the pair took control of studio/stage, a unique 40-seat performance space located in L.A’s Koreatown. Now working under the banner of The StageCrafts, Jenn and Greg are always seeking new venues to add to their portfolio.
With what little free time he has, Greg enjoys supporting local theatre, reading banned books, making “to do” lists, shotgunning Star Trek reruns, memorizing Epic Rap Battles of History lyrics, fine-tuning his websites, torturing himself through 5k mud runs, livestreaming his Dungeons & Dragons sessions, and practicing Tae Kwon Do. He also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox.
- Creative Multi-Hyphenate
- Theatre Maker
- Coffee lover
- Cat Dad
- Professional Dungeon Master (yeah, that's a thing!)
- Emerson Mafioso
- Gonna be on your favorite TV show one day
- Let's Go Red Sox!