|Born||1959 (age 56–57)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Greif attended Northwestern University and graduated from the University of California-San Diego graduate directing program. He was the Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse, LaJolla, California from 1994 - 1999.
For Broadway he has most recently directed the musicals Next to Normal (also at Second Stage Theatre and Arena Stage) and Grey Gardens (also at Playwrights Horizons), receiving Tony Award nominations as director for each. He directed the original 1996 production of Rent, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, the Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical, and the Obie Award.
Among his many directing credits off-Broadway are John Guare's Landscape of the Body and A Few Stout Individuals at the Signature Theater, Beauty of the Father for the Manhattan Theatre Club, and Romeo and Juliet at the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater (June 2007).
Greif is currently directing the new musical "Dear Evan Hansen" at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
- La Jolla Playhouse
- The Three Cuckolds (1986)
- What The Butler Saw (Joe Orton) (1992)
- Thérèse Raquin (Neal Bell adaption of Zola) (1994)
- Slavs! (Tony Kushner) 1995)
- Faust (Randy Newman) (1995)
- Boy (Diana Son) (1996)
- The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Tony Kushner) (2009)
- Welsh, Anne Marie, "New York and family call Michael Greif home", The San Diego Union-Tribune, October 10, 1999, p.E-1
- Horwitz, Simi."Michael Greif Exits La Jolla", reprint from Backstage in allbusiness.com, October 9, 1998
- Obie Award for 1996Village Voice, accessed May 8, 2009
- Archives, New York Theatre Workshop nytw.org, accessed May 8, 2009
- Listing signaturetheatre.org, accessed May 8, 2009
- Hoffman, Jan.Directing in Every Direction at Once",The New York Times, December 18, 2005
- Brantley, Ben."Rash and Unadvis’d in Verona Seeks Same",The New York Times, June 25, 2007
- Marks, Peter. "'Dear Evan Hansen': Original story, high hopes for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul","The Washington Post", July 10, 2015
- Gans, Andrew."Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide Begins Guthrie Run May 15", playbill.com, May 15, 2009; NY Premiere: March 23-June 12, 2011 at NY Public Theater
- IBDB listing
- Internet off-Broadway database listing
- Biography, Playbill
- Credits at Broadway.com
- Biography as of November, 2006 at the American Theatre Wing