Gregory Hurst

Gregory Hurst (born December 1, 1947) worked as an American theater and television director, university professor, a foundation president (1992-98) and a Producing Artistic Director for twenty years of prominent regional theaters. Since 1999, he has been a financial advisor for UBS.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Hurst, son of Squire Hurst (executive, R. R. Donnelley & Sons) and Marcia (an interior designer; maiden name, Tooker); grandson of Mark Tooker of Belle Haven, CT and Greta Tooker, Chicago, IL; great grandson of Dr. Emil J Hoglund, Dr. of Medicine, Northwestern University, 1905 and inventor of brain surgery instrument; married Pamela Baldwin in Mindanao, Philippines, June 21, 1969 (divorced, 1977); married Joyce Barbara Baum (a theatrical agent and casting director), April 4, 1981 in New York City; children: Alexander Squire and Adam Spencer.
*B.S. Finance, Miami University, 1969;
*M.A., English Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 1970-73;
*MFA, Dramatic Arts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; 1975;
*Executive Education Certificate, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 2003.
Employment positions held
*Teacher, Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam Wisconsin, 1969-73
*Founding Member of Playmakers Repertory Company, 1974-75
*Artistic Director, The Mule Barn Theatre, Tarkio, Missouri and Chairman of the Theatre Department of Tarkio College, 1975-77
*Manager, NY Health and Racquet Club, NYC, 1978-79
*Producing Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1979-88
*Producing Artistic Director, George Street Playhouse, 1988-1997
*Site Reporter, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, 1994-97
*President, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, New York, NY, 1992-97
*Additional teaching positions held (1973-94) at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Rutgers University; and Duke University.
*Financial Advisor, Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services (1999-present).
Boards of directors and panel positions
*Missouri Council on the Arts and Pennsylvania Arts Council, member of the Theater Panel
*American Directors Institute, Advisory Council
*State Theater of Easton, Board of Trustees
*New Jersey State Council for the Arts, panel member for Planning for the 21st Century
*Rockefeller Foundation, Musical Theatre Collaborators, Task Force
*En Garde Arts, NYC, Strategic Planning Consultant
*National Institute for Musical Theater, speaker and panel member for National Conference
*National Corporate Theatre Fund , Board member
*University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Alumni Association - New Jersey Chapter, President
*Wine and Food Society of New York, Treasurer and Executive Vice President
Awards and recognition
*Productions directed, produced or originally developed by Gregory Hurst have been nominated for the Tony Award (Swinging on a Star, 1996); Academy Award (Jodie Foster, Nell, 1994); Outer Critics Award (Opal starring Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark, 1992);
*Drama Desk Award (Johnny Pye and the Fool Killer, 1990)
*Helen Hayes Award (A Walk Out of Water, 1986);
*Director of Forgiving Typhoid Mary, starring Academy Award winner, Estelle Parsons, Time Magazine’s “One of the Ten Best Productions in America,” 1991.
*Best Director NJ, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, 1989, Newhouse News Services
*Best Director NJ, The Belmont Avenue Social Club, 1993, Newhouse News Services
*“Outstanding Contributions to Pennsylvania,” Theatre Association of Pennsylvania (TAP), March 1988
*“Vision, Dedication and Leadership,” Stage Director and Choreographers Foundation, December, 9 1998
*Who’s Who in America since 1992
*President's Council (2004-2006) UBS
*Chairman's Club (2007-2010) UBS
Theatre productions
;Directed and produced over 100 plays and musicals including:
*The Fields of Ambrosia, starring Joel Higgins and three time Tony Award Nominee, Christine Andreas at the Aldwych Theatre, London, original cast recording by First Night Records, 1997
*The Glass Menagerie, starring Leslie Hendrix, National Tour, Acting Company , 1997
*Twist, with Larry Marshall and Eugene Fleming, 1996
*Avow, starring Rosemary Prinz, 1996
*Relativity, with Michael Rupert, Doris Belack, and Kit Flanagan, 1995
*Tangents, starring Golden Globe Nominee, Lauren Graham, 1994
*Spine, starring Golden Globe Nominee and Obie Award Winner, Justin Kirk, 1993
*Near the End of the Century, with Michael Murphy and Greg Mullavey
*Zara Spook and Other Lures, starring Calista Flockhart, 1992
*Idioglossia, starring Emmy Award Winner, Allison Janney, 1992
*Sarah and Abraham, starring Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk and Theatre World Award Winner, Tovah Feldshuh and William Katt, 1992
*Sparky and Fitz, starring Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, 1991
*Handy Dandy, starring James Whitmore and Aurda Lindley, 1991
*Greetings, John Houseman Theatre, NYC, 1991
*Anna Christie starring Emmy Award Winner, Ralph Waite, 1991
*Mountain, starring Len Cariou, Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC, 1990
*Jekyll and Hyde, starring two time Tony Award Winner, John Cullum, 1990
*Les Liaisons Dangereuse, starring two time Emmy Award nominee, Laura Innes and Gabrielle Carteris, 1989
*The Subject Was Roses, starring Emmy Award winner, Isabel Sanford and Wendell Pierce, 1988
*Quality Time, starring Tony Award Nominee, Joanne Camp, 1986
*A Walk Out of Water, starring Emmy Award Winner, John Spencer, 1985
*Just So, starring two time Tony and Emmy Award winner, Bebe Neuwirth, Jack Lawrence Threate, Broadway, NYC, 1984
*Ain’t Misbehavin, starring Tony Award Winner, Tonya Pinkins and Jenifer Lewis, 1984
*The Further Adventures of Sally, starring Theatre World Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, Sheree North, 1984
*Copperhead, starring Tony Award winner, Ann Wedgeworth and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, Paul Guilfoyle, 1984
*The Glass Menagerie, starring Theatre World Award winner, Katharine Houghton and Ken Jenkins, 1983
*Shim Sham, starring three time Tony Award Winner, Hinton Battle, 1982
*Two Gentleman of Verona, starring Tony Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee, Joe Morton, 1982
*Taming of the Shrew, with Tony Award winner, Beth Leavel, 1981
*Great Expectations, starring Tony Award winner, Beth Leavel, 1980
*Damon’s Song, starring Theatre World Award winner, Donna Drake, 1979
Television productions
;Directed episodes of:
*Another World
*Guiding Light
*General Hospital
*One Life to Live
*Copperhead, a PBS Special starring Ann Wedgeworth and Paul Guilfoyle
;Assistant to director:
*Spin City
*The Hughleys
*Will and Grace
*Just Shoot Me
*For Your Love
*The Jamie Foxx Show
*Suddenly Susan
*The Wayans Brothers
*Sex and the City
*Law & Order
*Ally McBeal
*The Practice
;Produced, directed and developed new plays and musicals by:
*Marsha Norman
*Richard Adler
*James McBride
*Doug McGrath
*Stephen Schwartz
*David Zippel
*Bruce Graham
*Mark Stein
*Mark St. Germain
*Steven Dietz
*Bill C. Davis
*William Gibson
*Tom Cole
*Frank Gilroy
*James Still
*Rob Lindsay Nassif
*John Ford Noonan
*Sarah Schlesinger
*David Evans
*Joan Ackermann
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