Michael Greif Biography

Gender: Male

Michael Greif directed the world premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at The Guthrie Theater last April. He directed The Winter’s Tale for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park last summer as well as Angels in America for Signature Theatre. His other Public Theater credits include the 2007 Shakespeare in the Park revival of Romeo and Juliet, Diana Son’s Satellites, the launch performance of Suzan-Lori Parks’s 365 Days / 365 Plays, Fucking A, Dogeaters (Obie), Marisol, Pericles, Casanova, A Bright Room Called Day, and Machinal (Obie). For Signature Theatre Company, he directed John Guare’s A Few Stout Individuals and Landscape of the Body. Greif’s Broadway credits include Jonathan Larson’s Rent (Obie Award, Tony nom.), Grey Gardens (Tony nomination) and Next to Normal (Tony nomination). He is an Artistic Associate at New York Theatre Workshop, where his credits include Cavedweller, Bright Lights, Big City, and Rent. His other Off-Broadway credits include Boy’s Life (Second Stage), Neil LaBute’s The Distance from Here and A Very Common Procedure (MCC), Neal Bell’s Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons), Beauty of the Father (MTC), Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout), Betty Rules (Zipper), and Bell’s Monster (CSC). Greif has a longstanding association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival where his credits include Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull, Street Scene, Tonight At 8:30 and Once in a Lifetime. He was Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse from 1995-1999 where he directed Our Town, Sweet Bird of Youth, Diana Son’s Boy, Randy Newman’s Faust (also Goodman), Kushner’s Slavs (also Taper), and Thérèse Raquin.

Michael Greif Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
The Lortels - 2015 - Outstanding Director
Michael GreifOur Lady of Kibeho
Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Greif, Next to Normal
Michael Greif, Grey Gardens
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Michael Greif , Grey Gardens
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director - Play
Michael Greif, Dogeaters
Obie Awards - 2001 - Direction
Michael Greif, Dogeaters
The Lortels - 2001 - Outstanding Director
Michael Greif, Dogeaters
Obie Awards - 1996 - Special Citations
Michael Greif, Rent
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Greif , Rent