Artistic Director Christopher Hart (left) is a multiple Tony Award Winning Producer, Director and Playwright. Plays he has produced on Broadway include the acclaimed revivals of Porgy & Bess (Tony Award) and Hair (Tony Award). Chris was intimately involved with the premiere of the stage adaptation of his father’s autobiography, Act One, at Lincoln Center (which received 5 Tony Nominations including Best Play). He adapted his father’s play, You Can’t Take It With You, as a television series starring Harry Morgan and directed for the series Tales from the Crypt. His play, Swifty, based on the life of Swifty Lazar, premiered at Grove Theater Center and was co-produced by multiple Academy Award winner David Brown (Jaws, The Sting, A Few Good Men). Chris served as the Artistic Director of The Malibu Stage Company and his work as a director has been seen across the country including California Repertory Company, Grove Theater Center, West Coast Ensemble, and the Geffen Playhouse.
Producing Artistic Director Kevin Cochran (right) co-founded Grove Theater Center in 1994. Plays he has directed at GTC include Blake…da Musical (Ovation Award for Best New Musical, Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Director); Film Chinois (Ovation Award for Best New Play and published by Samuel French); R.R.R.E.D. (LA Weekly Nomination for Best Director); The Adding Machine (OC Weekly Award for Best Production); Straight Up with a Twist (Ovation nomination for Best One Person Show); and The Beckett Project II (OC Weekly nomination for Best Director). Kevin also served as the Producing Director of the Depot Theatre in Westport, New York from 2015 to 2018. He graduated as a Scholar of the House in theater and design from Yale University.
Executive Director Charles Johanson (center) started his theatrical career in NYC as a casting director for regional theaters. In 1984, he was named Executive Director of Ensemble Theatre Company in New Haven where he produced over 21 productions. Shifting to the West Coast, Charles served as General Manager at Grove Shakespeare Festival and was the first Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. He co-founded Grove Theater Center in 1994 and has served as Executive Director since that time. Outside of GTC, he has produced shows and concerts at the Los Angeles Theater Center, John Anson Ford Amphitheater, UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Wiltern, The Alex Theater, OC’s Irvine Barclay Theater and NYC’s Carnegie Hall.