Eric Krebs, whose theatrical producing career spans more than 40 years, founded and directed the Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. He currently operates the Playroom Theater.
As a producer, he was most recently represented on Broadway by Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home (Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event). Other Broadway productions include Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (nominated for 4 1999 Tony Awards including Best Musical) and Electra(nominated for 3 Tony Awards).
Recent Off-Broadway productions include Laughing Liberally: Electile Dysfunction, For lovers Only, Will Durst: The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing (New World Stages), Toxic Audio (2004 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), Rounding Third, Langston Hughes’s Little Ham, Golf: The Musical,Tallulah Hallelujah starring Tovah Feldshuh, A Pure Gospel America, The Big Bang, the world premiere ofBash written by Neil LaBute, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown, Jr., and This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan. Other New York producing credits include: Laughing Liberally, Capitol Steps,Fyvush Finkel From Second Avenue To Broadway, The Passion Of Dracula, Fool For Love, King Of Schnorrers, The Rise Of David Levinsky, By And For Havel and Paul Robeson (starring Avery Brooks). Mr. Krebs produced Geoffrey Ewing’s Ali, the biography of Muhammed Ali, a theatrical production featured at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, as well as at the Mermaid Theater in London.
In the not-for-profit theater, he founded and for fourteen years was the Producing Director of the George Street Playhouse, a professional (LORT) theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since 1998, he has been the chairman of Amas Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit theater founded by Rosetta LeNoire and dedicated to the training of “city kids” in the performing arts and the creation of new musicals for multi-ethnic casts. Mr. Krebs is a professor of theater arts at Baruch College, City University of New York, continuing a career as an educator that began in 1969 at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he is professor emeritus. He was awarded the Robert Whitehead Award for excellence in producing in February, 1999.
In April, 2007 he performed his own 90 minute adaptation of King Lear, a one person presentation entitled “Considering Lear.”