Artistic Director/Composer/Creative Producer
CHRISTIAN DE GRE
Mexican Artist Christian De Gré has spearheaded numerous international projects in film, theater, television, music, publishing, web-media, fine-art and radio such as Fatty Fatty No Friends (New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for Best Music and Best Musical), Beware The Chupacabra (FringeFAVE), Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg (Audience Favorite at FRIGID New York) and Broken Crayons (Golden Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival). A self-taught composer, Christian De Gré has written and produced 22 original musicals/operettas in New York City at world renowned organizations like Feinstein's/54 Below, HERE Arts Center, and La Mama E.T.C. He has been commissioned to write music for The Discovery Channel, The Drama Desk Awards, The United Nations and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. De Gré has trained activists in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Americas as the Theater for Social Change Partner of the United Nations International Y-Peer Network. Other projects include fine art exhibitor at the 69th Regiment Armory (Time-Out New York: Photo of the Week) and published poet in Story Time with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World (available on Amazon). He is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute. Having served as the General Manager and director of Operations at The New York International Fringe Festival for five years and as Artistic Director of Mind The Art
Entertainment for over a decade, De Gré has overseen the opening of over 1,000 new theatrical productions in New York City. In 2018 De Gré was appointed as the new director of The National Opera Center in New York City.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Songwriter in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below- 2016, 2017 & 2018
Panelist and Mastermind Facilitator at Davenport Theatricals- 2016, 2017 & 2018
Commercial Theater Institute Alumnus- 2017
Two time New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee- 2016
Time-Out New York Critic's Pick- 2014 & 2015
Show Score Ranked #2 show in Critic's Picks between Hamilton and Fun Home- 2015
Theasy Best Bet best of the fall season mention- 2015
Manhattan With a Twist best of the season winner- 2015
Audience Favorite Award & Sold Out Award Winner at FRIGID New York - 2015
FringeFAVE Winner for The Lynn Redgrave Theater - 2015
Two Fringe Encore Series Selections at Soho Playhouse - 2014 & 2015
Producer of two FringeNYC Excellence Award Winning Shows - 2010 & 2014
Resident Artist at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club - 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014
Most Promising Artist by The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York - 2010 & 2012
Photo of the Week by Time-Out New York - 2012
Exhibited at the Armory Show as a fine artist- 2012
Published Poet in Story Time with Mr. Buttermen- 2011
United Nations Global Outreach Partner in NYC, Tunisia & Bulgaria- 2009, 2010 & 2011
New Musical Development Award by Lark Play Development Center- 2011
Opening Production at the La MaMa Puppet Series- 2010
Golden Palm Winner at The Mexico International Film Festival- 2010
Producer of the Drama Desk Awards Reception at Lincoln Center- 2010
Artist of the Year by Mind The Art Entertainment- 2010
Best Artist by The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce- 2004
Favorably reviewed and/or featured as an artist by these major publications: The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, New York Magazine, Theater That Matters, NBC, New York Daily News, Broadway World, Time-Out New York, Backstage, Manhattan with a Twist, The Wall Street Journal, Off The Beaten Track Theater, Ottawa On Stage, New York Radio, FlavorPill, Charged.Fm, IndieTheaterNow, Theater is Easy, The Examiner, Passport Magazine, NY Theater, Manhattan Times, Theater Mania, Playbill, The Happiest Medium, BradTV, Joonbug Magazine, TDF Stages, Talkin’ Broadway, Show Business Weekly and NY Press.
Associate ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/Producer/CREATOR
R. Patrick Alberty
Over the past decade, R. Patrick Alberty brought his passion for theatre and the arts to all corners of the industry. As a veteran of the independent theater community in New York City, he has performed in a number highly-acclaimed and award-winning shows, including THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Mind The Art Entertainment’s DIE: ROLL TO PROCEED, and the Nobel Prize-nominated FORCE trilogy from Aisling Arts. Having recently returned to directing, he has also helmed HELLCAB, A THOUSAND WORDS, Radiotheatre NYC’s GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST and FRANKENSTEIN, and has most recently worked on MTAE’s FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS as Associate Director.
Beyond theatre, Patrick also delves into writing for the page, stage, and screen. In 2008, he founded Free Write NYC, a monthly gathering consisting of over 200 local authors striving to grow and improve in their craft. In the summer of 2010, this was expanded to include Free Write NYC Youth, a free mentoring program to kids ages 12-17 in Queens interested in the pursuit of creative writing. Patrick’s current projects include the book for MTAE's upcoming musical, BEWARE THE CHUPACABRA!, the horror screenplay HAPPY, and THE LEXINGTON INCIDENT: AN AUDIO MYSTERY.
Finally, away from the stage, Patrick is the founder and lead editor at Fly-Over Country Productions, a company providing affordable digital film services to both businesses and the public, as well as the New York City theater community.
Serrana Gay is an author, bookwriter, and Associate Producer at Mind The Art Entertainment and was their 2014 Artist in Residence. She holds a B.F.A in Acting with a Writing Minor from Ithaca College.
She is the writer of the children's book "Fatty Fatty No Friends" which sold out it's first printing, and co-wrote the musical adaptation of the same name, which went on to win an Overall Excellence award at FringeNYC. It was then extended to the Fringe Encore Series in 2014, and moved Off-Broadway in 2015 where it received three 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations including best Musical.
Serrana is the co-creator of "Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg" which won the Audience Favorite Award at FRIGID New York in 2015. She was a lyricist for Mind The Art's "A Drink With Death" at Feinstein's 54 Below and collaborated as a writer and performer in La MaMa E.T.C.'s "The Dream Vault Cycle" in 2014.
Serrana is currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the opera The Vice of Berthe and the dark operetta Moonshine in b Minor, while also working on her first straight play, and finishing her first novel.
Joseph Reese Anderson
Joseph Reese Anderson has been writing with Mind The Art Entertainment for nearly ten years. Their collaborations include Jack of Hearts Master of None, Fatty Fatty No Friends, Whiskeypants: The Mayor of Williamsburg, and A Drink with Death. He's been commissioned to write poetry and lyrics for The T'EA Project and The Nitestar Program, and is a published poet in Storytime with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for adults living in a modern world. He's looking forward to developing a number of really fun pieces that are currently in the works. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC with his lovely wife and two amazing twin baby girls. Life is love.