About Eric Krebs

Eric Krebs, whose theatrical producing career spans more than 50 years, founded and directed the Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. He currently operates the 160 seat Theater555 at 555West 42nd Street in New York City.

Eric Krebs, whose theatrical career spans more than 50 years, has worked as a producer, a theater founder and operator, a college professor and occasionally as a performer. His producing organization, Eric Krebs Theatrical Management, was founded in 1979.

In 1974 he founded the George Street Playhouse regional theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey, now in its 49th year. He built and operated Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. Most recently he renovated and became the operator of a 160 seat off-Broadway Theater, reopening it as Theater555, 555 West 42 Street in New York City. He hosts rentals at the theater in addition to producing his own projects.

Off-Broadway he created That Physics Show (Drama Desk Award- over 500 performances) and added That Chemistry Show (over 300 performances). In 2020 he founded the not for profit Science Theater Company that seeks to join science, theater and education in a "library" of science shows (www.sciencetheatercompany.com)

On Broadway he produced: Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home (Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event), Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical) and Electra (nominated for 3 Tony Awards).

Current, recent Off-Broadway productions include: Romeo and Bernadette a musical of Verona and Brooklyn (NY Times Critics Pick), Laughing Liberally's Indictment Excitement, Judge Andrew Napolitano in Why Is The Government in My Soup? and the world premiere of William Mastrosimone's Rules of Desire. Other off-Broadway productions included:I Spy A spy- a declassified musical, The Bullpen, Sing: A South African Celebration, A Class Act, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, Laughing Liberally...Make America Laugh Again!, The Castle- 4 voices, 70 years in prison, For Lovers Only, Will Durst: The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, 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 of Bash 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: 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 addition to founding the George Street Playhouse in 1974, for 25 years, he was 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. 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.” In the fall of 2016, he performed My Father's Voice, a solo presentation of his father's letters from the Ellis Island Prison and the War in the Pacific, 1938-1945.

Mr. Krebs recently retired after 50 years as a professor of theater arts at Baruch College, City University of New York , where he continued a career as an educator that began in 1969 at Rutgers University (37 years) in New Jersey, where he is professor emeritus.