Stage director Michael Greif directs musicals, new plays, and classics on and off Broadway, in London, and in major regional theater across America. He has received three Tony Award nominations and won the Obie Award. On Broadway, he directed the musicals Next to Normal (also at Second Stage Theatre and Arena Stage) and Grey Gardens (also at Playwrights Horizons), receiving Tony Award nominations as director for each. Michael also directed the original 1996 production of RENT, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, the Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical, and the Obie Award. He is currently represented in New York by the Off-Broadway revival of RENT and in Dallas by the premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Giant, which will transfer to the Public Theater in fall of 2012. This summer, Michael helms the premiere of the new musical Far From Heaven, which will premiere at Williamstown Theater Festival prior to a New York transfer.
Michael is known for his long-term creative relationships with some of the major theatrical voices of the time, including Tony Kushner (Angels in America Parts I and II at Signature Theater Company, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at the Public Theater), Scott Frankel & Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven), and Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), as well as major institutions such as the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse (serving as Artistic Director from 1994-1999), and New York Theater Workshop (Artistic Associate 1998-1999).
Among his many additional directing credits Off-Broadway are John Guare's Landscape of the Body and A Few Stout Individuals (Signature); Satellites, Fucking A, Dogeaters (Obie), Marisol, Pericles, Casanova, Machinal (Obie), A Bright Room Called Day (NYSF); Boys’ Life, Spike Heels (Second Stage); A Very Common Procedure, The Distance From Here (MCC); Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons); Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout); and Beauty of the Father (MTC).