GREG GIOVANNI is a theatre artist who has worked in Philadelphia for nearly 25 years. Beginning with his groundbreaking Big Mess Theatre in 1988, he has written and produced dozens of plays, written, acted or directed for Brat Productions, Azuka Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, and Theatre Nohgaku and has served as advisor/specialist for 1812 Productions (Another Big Time) and The Arden Theater (Pacific Overtures). Greg received the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in playwriting with which he began the study of noh. In 2002 Greg received the Independence Performing Arts Fellowship to study traditional theater in Japan where he began work on the noh play Pine Barrens produced In 2006 by Theatre Nohgaku. In 2009 The Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, presented a retrospective of his work. With Theatre of Yugen, Greg developed A Minor Cycle: Five Little Plays in One Starry Night, which enjoyed a bi-coastal showing in 2012-13. Most recently, Greg is collaborating with film director Andrew Repasky McElhinney.