Elena K. Holy – Producing Artistic Director
Elena K. Holy is the Producing Artistic Director of The Present Theatre Company, Inc. In 2006, Holy was named one of New York Magazine’s “Influentials” because she “turned the Fringe Festival, which she founded in 1996, into Sundance for the theater crowd – a place where anyone with an idea and a tiny budget can get noticed. Urinetown, the 1999 Fringe musical that made it to Broadway and won three Tonys, is the most extreme example, but more than a dozen Fringe shows have gone on to significant Off Broadway runs. Applications approached 1,000 last year. Her triumph: retaining the fest’s brilliant lunacy amid commercial success.” In 2007, Mayor Bloomberg awarded The New York International Fringe Festival the Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture “for its phenomenal leadership in showcasing the best and boldest theater and performance by both established and emerging artists. The New York International Fringe Festival is renowned for presenting work that reflects the excitement and energy of the contemporary theater world – locally, nationally and abroad.” Her favorite color is green and she is from Texas. If you really, really want to read Elena’s full bio you can click here.
Christian De Gré – General Manager
Over the last seven years Christian De Gré has served as President & Artistic Director of Mind The Art Entertainment where he has spear-headed numerous international projects in film, theater, television, music, publishing, web-media, fine-art and radio such as the film Broken Crayons (Golden Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival) and the critically acclaimed theatrical productions of The Timing of a Day and Die: Roll to Proceed. In recent years De Gré traveled to Bulgaria and Tunisia to train activists as the Theater for Social Change Partner of the United Nations International Y-Peer Network. As a performer, he has been in various productions around the world, and as a composer he continues to write original music for The Discovery Channel and The Directors Company. De Gré has been the Artistic Director of La MaMa E.T.C. Presents: A Mind The Art Anthology and in 2010 he opened their La MaMa Puppet Series as composer of the musical Bong Bong Bong Against the Walls with renowned Italian director Dario D’Ambrosi. De Gré has worked alongside and in collaboration with Blume Media Group, The Drama Desk Awards, Fountain Art Fair, Star, UNFPA, Cayman 27, The TE’A Project, City at Peace, Rising Art and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, among others. Recent projects include fine art exhibitor at the Fountain Art Fair at the 69th Regiment Armory (Time-Out New York: Photo of the week) and published poet in Story Time with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World. Since 2009 Christian De Gré has collaborated with the New York International Fringe Festival in various roles including Operations Manager, Venue Director and four time Participant (as ACR/Producer, Director, Composer, Designer & Stage Manager.) While becoming The Present Company’s first ever General Manager, De Gré is currently writing two new musicals and pursuing the opening of a second branch of Mind The Art Entertainment in his native Mexico City.