Episode 6: Geeks, Nerds & Artists Podcast: Spiro Veloudos, Artistic Director of Lyric Stage Company of Boston and director of current production of Avenue Q
Avenue Q: May 11-June 24, 2012 (it is selling out presently)
Spiro Veloudos is the Producing Artistic Director of The Lyric Stage Company. and has been honored with numerous awards and honors including The Elliot Norton Award and The Independent Reviews of New England (IRNE) Award. He has been personally honored with the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Stage Source’s 2002 Theatre Hero Award and was cited as the city’s Best Artistic Director by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston program in 1999.
He has directed over 90 productions in Massachusetts and throughout New England. He is proud to be a three-time winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director. He has also been honored five times as the Outstanding Director of a Musical by the Independent Reviewers of New England.
His directing credits include: Lyric Stage Company –Kiss Me, Kate,Grey Gardens, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Follies, The Importance of Being Earnest, Three Tall Women, Arms and the Man, Souvenir,1776, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia, Urinetown: the Musical(IRNE award for Best Musical Production and Direction), A Number, A Little Night Music,(IRNE award for Best Musical Production and Direction, 2004), Noises Off!, The Spitfire Grill, Book of Days, Side Show, Dirty Blonde, Side Man, No Way To Treat A Lady,(IRNE Award for Best Director of a Musical) The Curse of the Bambino, Glengarry Glen Ross (IRNE Award for Best Production ), Sunday in the Park with George (Best of Year mention: Boston Globe, Herald and Phoenix, The Elliot Norton Award and IRNE for Outstanding Musical Production and Direction), Assassins (Outstanding Production of 1998 and one of 5 most memorable productions in the last 15 years: Boston Globe), Lost in Yonkers and Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story (Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Director, for both, along with Assassins), and Speed-the-Plow ( Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production);
Publick Theatre – Design for Living, A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Boston Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Production and Direction), Quilters (The New England Theatre Conference’s Moss Hart Award), Anything Goes and Sweeney Todd (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Direction for both).
Other venues– The Philadelphia Story, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth Les Liaisons Dangereuse, Cabaret, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cyrano De Bergerac. As an actor his favorite roles were, Big Daddy (Cat on a Hot tin Roof) Benedict (Much Ado About Nothing) Prospero (The Tempest) Garfinkle (Other Peoples Money)Cyrano (Cyrano De Bergerac) Guido Contini (Nine). He holds a BFA (cum Laude) in Acting /Directing from Emerson College. He has taken graduate level courses in financial management, marketing, entertainment law and negotiation through the Organization Development Project and the Achieving Excellence Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He proudly serves on the Board of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. He was recently included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Hellenic American Business and Industry .He is a founding member and serves as the President for the Producers Association of New England Area Theatres, is on the Adjunct Faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. (from Stage Source)