Philip Grecian

Philip Grecian began his show business career by hiring out as a ventriloquist and magician at the age of four. By 15 he had written a three-act comedy which was produced at a local theater. At the age of 16 he was founding director for a city-funded community theater. Two years later he was asked, without audition, to be a part of the Creede Colorado Repertory Theatre, where he spent a season acting and writing. He continues to maintain a connection with Creede Repertory, where his plays have been produced and where he has returned as a guest performer. After touring the Midwest as Androcles in Androcles and the Lion, he returned to the community theater he had founded, remaining there as artistic/managing director and resident playwright for six years; he resigned in 1976 in order to
create a professional dinner theater where he served as producer and artistic director. After establishing a strong financial base for the new theater, he left to work as a writer/director in film, video and audio production. In 1994, Grecian became the founding director/playwright for a theater company which mounts an annual production of his adaptation of In His Steps, based upon Charles Sheldon’s best-selling 19th-century novel. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol has become an annual tradition in many communities around the United States; and his radio dramatization of Dracula!, based on his stage play, and syndicated for a time on radio stations across the country, has come full circle and is now a staged radio production, complete with an onstage sound effects crew. It is the first of several staged radio dramas he has written. Other plays include his widely popular The Velveteen Rabbit and the official stage adaptation of the motion picture A Christmas Story (“You’ll shoot your eye out”), which is produced annually by scores of professional, educational and community theater companies throughout the English speaking world. His plays The Dragon of Nitt and Lion and the Lyre have been translated and performed in Russia.

Last Updated: August 12, 2013

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