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.
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.
A world premiere from acclaimed artist Soda Persi, Hitchcock Lane is a touching and dramatic collection of short scenes following ten neighbors in five homes on the same street in a pivotal moment in each of their lives. Interwoven with movement by Persi and original music from Michael Van Bodegom-Smith, this new work directed by Richard Piatt invites the audience into the homes of familiar characters dealing with their struggles while also remembering to laugh, love and live before it’s too late.
Being the adventure of young Lee Harvey Oswald in the custody of Dallas Homicide Captain Will Fritz - where they discuss; Baynes Barron, Russia, Coca-Cola, Jim Brown, a mysterious package, backyard photographs & Friday afternoon in Dealy Plaza.
"Crafts gives a subtle but provocative performance."
- The Geek Authority
George, an affable migrant farm worker, and Lennie, a towering simple-minded pleasantly humble young man, are the subjects. They are bound by George's devotion and Lennie's "pathetic helplessness". George's guardianship keeps Lennie out of trouble, but we soon see this is a slippery slope. Lennie's displays of love result in several deaths ranging from mice and puppies to a beautiful woman. Eventually, in the face of a lynch mob, George kills Lennie to put him out of his misery.
”Having seen this role played many times, [Crafts]' is one of my favorite takes..."
- The Geek Authority
”WOW! Spencer Cantrell and Gregory Crafts give riveting performances..."
”…as Lennie – a difficult role, as it’s easy to play it as cliché or caricature – Mr. Crafts expertly conveys the man’s innate dignity and goodness, his simple delight in dreams of having rabbits to pet, and, ultimately, his sorrow and recognition that his 'bad things' have bollixed everything up."
- The Los Angeles Post
"Cantrell and Crafts deliver powerhouse performances. The duo's chemistry was truly infectious and heartwarming."
- Fanbase Press
"...Lennie, a role that an equally splendid Crafts invests with such genuine purity and goodness of spirit that George’s decision to stick by him makes perfect if perhaps misguided sense."
"Both Cantrell and Crafts do well together independently on stage and as part of the ensemble cast."
- Gia on the Move
"Crafts has the most difficult role to play, but navigates it with genuine unpremeditated emotional resonance."
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
"As his putative rival, Mr. Crafts is suave and elegant, projecting aristocratic confidence which devolves into withering fury and eventually an icy detachment which allows him to walk away from his dying wife."
- Dan Berkowitz, L.A. Post
"[Lovelace] could very easily have become nothing more than a thoughtless smug figure of a husband but [director Heidi] Powers and [Gregory] Crafts avoid that oversimplification, endowing him with a real love for a wife he can never truly understand."
- Christine Deitner, The Theatre Times
"[Crafts] shines just as well... I applaud his ability to transform the role into such a sympathetic character, his final moments with Ada on her deathbed are heartbreaking and tragic. "
- Mike Reyes, Mike-Check.com
"[Alex] Knox and [Gregory] Crafts are each excellent as the men who both love Ada and yet are eclipsed by her."
- Ernest Kearney, TheTVolution.com
"Crafts had a different role: the husband of someone who didn’t understand his wife having a technical relationship and friendship, but who learned how satisfaction of that aspect of his wife’s nature made her whole. Anyone who is married to an intellectual or a scientist understand that well, and I think Crafts portrayed it right."
Round Rock is the Texas legend of the Sam Bass Gang, a group of notorious outlaws in the late 1800's best known for committing one of the largest train robberies in U.S. history. At the center of a jurisdictional crisis between the old and new law enforcement agencies of America, the gang must choose between a life of adventure and a life of convention. A story about love and friendship, this Western epic from acclaimed playwright Aaron Kozak (The Birthday Boys) blends old fashioned rustic charm with a darkly comic style.
"[Crafts] is believable and authentic, taking the audience back over 100 years to a time and a place one only reads about but can no longer visit."
"Superstar Gregory Crafts, for instance kills with comedy in one scene then kills with heartbreak in the next."
- Actor Jim Hanna
Sex is easy. Love is hard. Sleeping Around interweaves the stories of nine very different people searching for intimacy and all connected by sex, relationships and the sometimes hysterical, sometimes crushing emotional baggage of both.
"[Crafts'] chemistry is abundant..."
- The Geek Authority
"Recommended: Martyka and Bell’s sequence is particularly powerful – and so is the nicely pitched emotional scene between Cire and [Gregory] Crafts."
- Stage Raw
"Highlight performance was Eric Cire, and the work between him and his scene partner Gregory Crafts elegantly navigated the line between in your face and underplayed."
- Playwright Aaron Kozak
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