|Greg J. Hipius
Theatrical Events Director
Greg J. Hipius has been an active director, designer, writer, and actor in local
theatre for the past fifteen years. After co-founding and co-directing the
short-lived "Instant Drama: Just Add Water" company, he continued beyond to
work on well over fifty productions at several local companies, including over a
dozen directing credits, and over a dozen more principal and featured acting
Comedy and improvisation have always been a particular interest and
expertise, and many of his most notable projects feature these elements.
Some of the first significant pieces he brought to Syracuse involved
experimental settings and avenues for interactive theatre, including both of
the local critically acclaimed productions of "The Antics of Romantics", as well
as an interactive version of "A Christmas Carol." His favorite critical lauds
when appearing onstage have come from settings that allow mischievous
improvisation to make a production or performance even more special and
unique to the audience watching it. He has served as the host and onstage
coodinator of the improvisational comedy troupe "Don't Feed the Actors" since
its inception, entertaining local audiences for years as well as touring with the
troupe across the state.
When "Not Another Theater Company" formed, he was fast to join in the
emerging effort, and some of his favorite credits have come from that
company, beginning with but moving well beyond the continued success of the
"Don't Feed the Actors" troupe. Past credits with NATC include "Run For Your
Wife" (Detective Seargent Porterhouse), "You've Got Hate Mail" (director),
"The Odd Couple" (Murray), and "Into the Woods" (The Baker).
Elsewhere, favorite directing credits have included "Playing Doctor", "Fools",
and "Visit to a Small Planet", and favorite acting credits have included "You
Can't Take It With You" (Boris Kohlenkov), "RUR" (Dr. Gall), "Much Ado About
Nothing" (Dogberry), "1776" (John Hancock), "A Funny Thing Happened on
the Way to the Forum" (Pseudolus), and "Tomfoolery" (as himself).
During the day, he is the theatre teacher and program coordinator at
Corcoran High School, where he has directed more than three dozen
productions over the past decade, and has worked with hundreds of
promising young artists, some who have gone on to become published
playwrights, actors, and designers both locally and in places such as New
York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but many more who have gone on to
just become oustanding and amazing young adults (of whom he is equally
proud). When not in the theatre (whether at work or at play), he writes, and
occasionally sleeps and eats (when time permits).