ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/Creative Producer/Composer
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
- (CTI) Commercial Theater Institute Alumni - 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 Y-Peer 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.
WHAT IS Mind the art entertainment?
Mind The Art Entertainment was founded in New York City on March 7th, 2007 by four multi-disciplinary artists under a principle put forth by our first Artistic Director, Christian De Gré. The principle was that "Art must remain a collaborative and ever evolving medium." The idea was grounded in a commitment that as artists we must cease complaining about the difficulties posed by our industry but instead work together to self-produce original work.
Now in its 10th acclaimed season, MTAENY has partnered with renowned organizations like The Discovery Channel, The La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.
We have been honored by a multitude of awards including three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations, three FRIGID New York Awards, two FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards, two Encores Picks at Soho Playhouse, a Best Play Summer Festival Citation, a Theasy Best Bet, two Show Score Critic's Pick, a Time Out New York Critic's Pick and The Golden Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival.
We have received acclaimed reviews from major trade papers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Villager, The New York Post, The Huffington Post and Time Out New York.
Mind The Art Entertainment was the official host of the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards Reception at Lincoln Center, was a company in residence at The Club at La MaMa E.T.C. for 5 years, and produces regularly at Feinstein's/54 Below and HERE Arts Center in New York City.
Since March 2007 Mind The Art Entertainment has produced over 80 original projects in 16 different art forms under the Artistic Direction of Christian De Gré and in collaboration with over 1000 international artists.