Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Greg Ganakas


GregGanakasLG.jpgGuest Director of Babes in Arms (2008)

Guest Director of Izzo Goes to Broadway (2009)

Award-winning director, choreographer and teacher Greg Ganakas is represented by DGRW Talent Agency, NYC.

A winner of the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Brigadoon), Ganakas’ credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, National and International Productions. He most recently collaborated with Disney Live Entertainment and Radio City Music Hall Productions. A committed educator, he has served on the faculty of New York University, where he founded their nationally-renown Music Theatre program.

Ganakas’ musical theatre directorial credits include productions of Caroline, or Change at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC which won the coveted 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical , Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Dallas Theatre Center; the world premiere of God Lives in Glass at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City; Double Troubleat Stage One in Wichita; the world premiere of The Times at The Long Wharf , New Haven; Oklahoma! at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul; Numerous productions for the Tony Award winning Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut including Babes in ArmsGeorge M , The Pajama Game, and BrigadoonA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Dean Goodman Award for Outstanding Production) at the American Music Theatre of San Jose; the world premiere of White Lies at the American Stage Company written by Douglas Carter Beane, The Revival of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Winner of the 2005 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the long running national tour of Damn Yankees.

His acclaimed work on the long-running, award-winning production of A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre earned the honor of Best Production of the Season by The Boston Globe, as well as the Moss Hart Awards for Best Direction and Best Production of the Year.

His array of work in opera and concerts includes his direction of “An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan” with the Boston Pops and Beverly Sills, which can be seen on PBS’ Great Performancesseries. He has also directed productions for the Minnesota Opera, Central City Opera, Omaha Symphony Holiday Fanfare, Glimmerglass Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre.

Ganakas served as Artistic Director for six years at the John Harms Center for the Performing Arts in Englewood, New Jersey where his work was recognized by the national endowment for the arts for excellence. Throughout his career, he has worked with numerous stars including Julie Andrews, Betty Buckley, Idina Menzel, Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Menken, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Tyler Moore, Bernadette Peters,Susan Stroman and Harold Prince among others.

Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, Greg Ganakas resides in New York City. Visit www.gregganakas.com for additional information He is pleased to be a part of the 100 Years of Theatre at Michigan State University celebration and collaborating once again with Randy Skinner, Joe DiPietro and The Department of Theatre.