Mind The Art Entertainment

Mind The Art Entertainment Mind The Art Entertainment is a NYC based production company seeking to bridge the gap between art and entertainment. Since March 2007 it has produced over 70 original projects in various art forms under the Artistic Direction of Christian De Gré and in collaboration with over 700 international artists.

Operating as usual

09/12/2021

Plans are brewing. Our return is now imminent. Stay tuned.

08/25/2021

Who's ready to make art again?

08/25/2021

We are coming back! We've been challenged like never before but alas, the show must go on.

We won at FRIGID New York! Best acting ensemble, best original music and top selling show! Woot woot! Just amazed and wo...
03/09/2020

We won at FRIGID New York! Best acting ensemble, best original music and top selling show! Woot woot! Just amazed and wowed by the folks at FRIGID New York for their support with emerging new work and their support for artists. FISH FOOD FOR FEELINGS has also been granted a new home, details to be announced! Overjoyed!

A Mind The Art all-star cast leads our new musical dramedy about family trauma and the apocalypse.Created by two-time FR...
02/23/2020

A Mind The Art all-star cast leads our new musical dramedy about family trauma and the apocalypse.

Created by two-time FRIGID winner Christian De Gré Cárdenas and brilliantly directed by Brian Freeland.

Next show is Tuesday at 7pm! Only 3 performances!

https://www.frigid.nyc/events/fishfoodforfeelings

FRIGID New York

FISH FOOD FOR FEELINGS is now open! Only 3 performances left!"4 siblings meet at an abandoned cabin on the 2nd anniversa...
02/22/2020

FISH FOOD FOR FEELINGS is now open! Only 3 performances left!

"4 siblings meet at an abandoned cabin on the 2nd anniversary of their parents' death. The middle child has recently undergone a procedure to have his feelings removed. His therapist arrives along with an eccentric singer who claims to be the physical manifestation of that man's feelings. A surrealist dueling sibling dramedy based on the four elements; forty eight hours before the apocalypse."

https://www.frigid.nyc/events/fishfoodforfeelings

Mind The Art Entertainment
09/17/2019

Mind The Art Entertainment

Only two performances left of our latest surrealist comedy:Mind The Art Entertainment 's"Ampathy, miscreated by a non wr...
03/03/2019

Only two performances left of our latest surrealist comedy:

Mind The Art Entertainment 's
"Ampathy, miscreated by a non writer"
Starring: Justin Anselmi, Charly Dannis, Bethany Tovey Geraghty, Christian De Gré and Patrick Alberty

At FRIGID New York
Tix only $10 dollars: https://bit.ly/2NITX1q

Photography by Ze' Castle

Mind The Art Entertainment 's"Ampathy, miscreated by a non writer"Starring: Justin Anselmi, Charly Dannis, Bethany Tovey...
03/03/2019

Mind The Art Entertainment 's
"Ampathy, miscreated by a non writer"
Starring: Justin Anselmi, Charly Dannis, Bethany Tovey Geraghty, Christian De Gré and Patrick Alberty

At FRIGID New York
Tix only $10 dollars: https://bit.ly/2NITX1q

Photography by Ze' Castle

Mind The Art Entertainment 's"Ampathy, miscreated by a non writer"Starring: Justin Anselmi, Charly Dannis, Bethany Tovey...
03/03/2019

Mind The Art Entertainment 's
"Ampathy, miscreated by a non writer"
Starring: Justin Anselmi, Charly Dannis, Bethany Tovey Geraghty, Christian De Gré and Patrick Alberty

At FRIGID New York
Tix only $10 dollars: https://bit.ly/2NITX1q

Photography by Ze' Castle

Thrilled to announce our Joe's Pub debut!We will be exploring ten years of musical collaboration with award winning Mexi...
12/24/2018
Christian De Gré: Twisted Operettas

Thrilled to announce our Joe's Pub debut!

We will be exploring ten years of musical collaboration with award winning Mexican composer Christian De Gré.

A night of twisted, wicked fun.

Tix only $20 , ONE NIGHT ONLY!

https://joespub.publictheater.org/Tickets/Calendar/PlayDetailsCollection/Joes-Pub/2019/Christian-De-Gre-Twisted-Operettas/?SiteTheme=JoesPub

“Evokes Burton’s “Nightmare”, a creepy-carnival vibe. Simply put, it’s twisted and wonderful.” –Time Out New York

10/28/2018
The Micro-Musical Theatre Show

New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee Christian De Gré and Mind The Art Entertainment present the latest chapter of their dark and twisted, macabre and hilarious immersive song cycle about the trials and wonders of death. Starring a mix of Broadway veterans, Mind The Art Entertainment all stars and fresh new souls, A Drink with Death leads a group of curiously morbid travelers on a journey to the underbelly of the underworld. Greeted by the mythical Mexican ambassador of death, La Muerte, and her lovable sidekick, El Diablito, travelers will be treated to the cries of a handful of lost souls who, faced with their own demise, must plead their case and await final judgment. Hailed as “Burton-esque, funny and heartbreaking, dark and lighthearted, old school and yet completely modern,” join in the drunken celebration of our very own mortality.
www.patreon.com/MicroMusicalTheatreShow/overview

New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee Christian De Gré and Mind The Art Entertainment present the latest chapter of their dark and twisted, macabre and hilarious immersive song cycle about the trials and wonders of death. Starring a mix of Broadway veterans, Mind The Art Entertainment all stars and fresh new souls, A Drink with Death leads a group of curiously morbid travelers on a journey to the underbelly of the underworld. Greeted by the mythical Mexican ambassador of death, La Muerte, and her lovable sidekick, El Diablito, travelers will be treated to the cries of a handful of lost souls who, faced with their own demise, must plead their case and await final judgment. Hailed as “Burton-esque, funny and heartbreaking, dark and lighthearted, old school and yet completely modern,” join in the drunken celebration of our very own mortality.
www.patreon.com/MicroMusicalTheatreShow/overview
The Micro-Musical Theatre Show

Fatty Fatty No Friends won Best of Fest at New York Musical Festival!!!
08/06/2018

Fatty Fatty No Friends won Best of Fest at New York Musical Festival!!!

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08/03/2018

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07/31/2018
Follow the Leader - Fatty Fatty No Friends

Check it out! It's time to FOLLOW THE LEADER and get your tickets as Fatty Fatty No Friends - In Concert opens TOMORROW night at the New York Musical Festival!

Book now - nymf.org/fattyfattynofriends

New York Musical Festival
07/30/2018

New York Musical Festival

Opening Wednesday at the New York Musical Festival! Do you have your tickets?#bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #mus...
07/30/2018

Opening Wednesday at the New York Musical Festival! Do you have your tickets?
#bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #musicals #opera #broadway #offbroadway #nyc #newyork #timeoutnewyork
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

Opening next week at New York Musical Festival#bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #musicals #opera #b...
07/28/2018

Opening next week at New York Musical Festival
#bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #musicals #opera #broadway #offbroadway #nyc #newyork #timeoutnewyork
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

Get excited! Gina Naomi Baez will be taking over our Instagram TOMORROW, giving you a sneak peek into the rehearsal proc...
07/27/2018

Get excited! Gina Naomi Baez will be taking over our Instagram TOMORROW, giving you a sneak peek into the rehearsal process of Fatty Fatty No Friends - In Concert!

Follow along and see what we have been up to - www.instagram.com/mindtheartentertainment

07/26/2018
"FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS" by De Gré, Anderson & Gay - TRAILER

Check out our trailer for Fatty Fatty No Friends - In Concert, and get a sneak peek into what delicious fun awaits you next week!

Find out more and book tickets at nymf.org/fattyfattynofriends

A new Operetta by Christian De Gré, Joseph Reese Anderson & Serrana Gay Nominated for three New York Innovative Theatre Awards including Best Musical Excelle...

"Fatty Fatty No Friends, it's the song that never ends!"Opening August 1st at New York Musical Festival#bulliesaredelici...
07/24/2018
Fatty Fatty No Friends - StageBuddy.com

"Fatty Fatty No Friends, it's the song that never ends!"

Opening August 1st at New York Musical Festival

#bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #musicals #opera #broadway #offbroadway #nyc #newyork #timeoutnewyork
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

Created by Mind The Art Entertainment’s Artistic Director Christian De Gré with Joseph Reese Anderson and Serrana Gay, Fatty Fatty No Friends is an original contemporary dark operetta about a young boy who is constantly teased for being overweight, is pushed too far, and decides to take horrifica...

And we are off! Just a mere 10 days away from opening night!"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at New Yo...
07/23/2018
Dark Operetta FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS to Make NYMF Debut

And we are off! Just a mere 10 days away from opening night!

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at New York Musical Festival
#bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #musicals #opera #broadway #offbroadway #nyc #newyork #timeoutnewyork
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

Mind The Art Entertainment announces that their New York Innovative Theater Award-nominated original dark operetta Fatty Fatty No Friends will make its New York Musical Festival debut as part of its annual Concert Series.

"Bullies are delicious." "Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredeli...
07/22/2018

"Bullies are delicious."

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

"Follow the leader, leader, leader!" "Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival...
07/20/2018

"Follow the leader, leader, leader!"

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

"Why would you be different, why would you be strange, why would you stand out when you could simply change?" "Fatty Fat...
07/18/2018

"Why would you be different, why would you be strange, why would you stand out when you could simply change?"

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

"Maybe we could all be friends?" "Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at The New York Musical Festival #bu...
07/17/2018

"Maybe we could all be friends?"

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at The New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

"Why don't you stay home and eat a side a bacon?" "Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Mus...
07/16/2018

"Why don't you stay home and eat a side a bacon?"

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

“An Unforgettable Experience.” — Theater That Matters"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York ...
07/15/2018

“An Unforgettable Experience.” — Theater That Matters

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

“An Unforgettable Experience.” — Theater That Matters"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York ...
07/15/2018

“An Unforgettable Experience.” — Theater That Matters

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

“An Unforgettable Experience.” — Theater That Matters "Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York...
07/15/2018

“An Unforgettable Experience.” — Theater That Matters

"Fatty Fatty No Friends" returns for just 3 nights at the New York Musical Festival #bulliesaredelicious
Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com

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Can you feel the pure joy of the coming of spring? We have had three successive blue sky sunny days and slightly elevated temperatures in Maryland as the COVID nightmare begins to wane and the joy of life returns. All of a sudden with the early creativity of spring there is mischief in the air and the planet reminds me of how fortunate we all are to be here together. As a result, I have charged back into the things I love. Mind The Art Entertainment is producing a radio play version of The Grace of God & The Man Machine, prior to the planned stage performance at Riant Theatre when the theaters open again in New York. In addition, I have returned to my work on a book of 52 sonnets to be published and available on Amazon by Christmas this year. In celebration of this newfound ribald mischief, I publish here one of these poems: The Facts of Life I swam, back then, with some father’s daughters, Back stroking only slightly out of touch, Out to the raft in the starry waters And never thought of their fathers all that much. My child, don’t judge me till you’re fifty-five But there were midnight visits to “Ice House Pond,” In my misspent youth, when I was still alive, Where couples would strip, and swim and then bond. And my child, this I know for sure is true: At seventeen we all are born to be free But ’cause I’m your father and I love you Please consider this seasoned advice from me: As you lust for life avoid the crudity But don’t miss occasional sponti-nudity. (More at my blog: https://robertbowiejr.com.)
"Because I had excelled in something I didn’t want to do and I had completed an introductory class in it, I applied for an advanced class in producing at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Conference in Waterford Connecticut. I got in and there I met Sue Conover Marinello, who produced my play ONAJE with great success last year in New York, and Christian De Gré Cárdenas of Mind The Art Entertainment who has an amazing history of producing and also writing the music for a number of amazing operettas in New York. Both became friends." https://buff.ly/2lsumA1
Is this how you make an operetta? I swear Christian De Gré Cardenas and I are only following the charter of our employer, Mind The Art Entertainment, which requires, ”Make Art and Have Fun.” We are five hours north of Mexico City, holed up in San Miguel de Allende, diligently working over breakfast from 9:30 to 1:30, having a little lunch, perhaps a swim, back to work from 3:30 to 6:30, and then off to the rooftop bars, dinner, local beer, mezcal, and tequila. This is a beautiful place with deep Mexican history rooted in its independence and, in the last 70 years, the arts. In the winter, American tourists and expats flood in, along with vacationing Europeans. In the summer, far fewer visitors come and generally only for the weekends. They come here to experience the battling mariachi bands around the church plaza, the three-star restaurants at a third of New York and European prices, the stunningly beautiful textiles, art work, and wall art. Here, you walk on cobbled streets older than any in the United States and are surrounded by color. Christian has had numerous operettas performed in NYC, most recently based on the “seven deadly sins.“ I am honored to have been chosen to write the libretto for the final operetta based on the overarching sin of “pride.” The first day together, we went over the script I wrote over the last several months, and we just talked about it. The second day, we went to work and went line by line, page by page through the first act. The third day, we worked through the second act and celebrated the harmony of our efforts with a big lunch on a rooftop overlooking the city. This carrying out of our corporate responsibilities is serious business. Our assignment is to write a b***y, irreverent “meta” piece (the actors can break character and speak to the audience). It is written in rhyme and hip hop and has a singing dog. Our first few days have been so productive, we are ahead of schedule. Tomorrow, Christian continues to outline and compose the music while I adjust and continue to shape lines and rhythms. The next several days before we leave, we will shape the two efforts into one operetta and be prepared to have it ready in the fall to be sent out to investors and performance venues. In the meantime, over the next week, we will continue to carry out our corporate duty. (You can follow along on my blog: http://robertbowiejr.com/blog/)
ONAJE is moving up the ladder in New York. It is funny how you take a new path and learn the same lesson. Trusted friends, credibility, and hard work were everything in creating my law firm almost 30 years ago — and now I learn the same is true in the world of New York theater. When I sold my controlling interest in my law firm I had decided that I wanted to be equally as successful as a playwright. The problem was I had to make up for 40 years of lost time. I decided I would become the oldest playwright ever to apply to Yale Drama school. I succeeded in being the oldest playwright ever to be rejected by Yale Drama school. So with my objective still firmly in mind, I decided I would have to change my approach. I took a class at the Commercial Theater Institute in New York, not in playwriting, but in producing. After the first morning, the students gathered outside and shared conversation during a brown bag lunch. As they went around the circle, they all talked about plays they were hoping to produce. When it came to me, I confessed I did not want to be a producer. I wanted them to produce me. I got a laugh and two offers which led to staged readings in San Francisco, NYC, and Los Angeles and I made new friends. One, Parker Bennett of Aligned Online, signed on to teach me how to create and manage my new website. Following the precedent set with Yale, I proved myself to be an unworthy student, but Parker became a trusted friend, took over the website, and became my guru on all things pertaining to script writing and the business generally, since he is an accomplished writer in his own right. The following summer, I continued on my path and was admitted into the Producers’ Class at the O’Neill Festival in Connecticut and there I met Sue Conover Marinello, the future producer of Onaje at FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival and Christian De Gré Cardenas, who would become an indispensable ally at FringeNYC and ultimately the composer for “The Voice of the People,“ after I was asked to write the libretto by Mind The Art Entertainment. Sue, Christian, Parker, and now Katie Marinello — who is handling our presence on Instagram and Twitter (@robertbowiejr) — have all become indispensable trusted friends. When Onaje was chosen to be performed at FringeNYC, Sue Conover Marinello asked Kevin R. Free, the highly respected NYC director, to direct. He read the script, but had a scheduling conflict and was unable to join us at FringeNYC. During the pre-rehearsal and rehearsal stages leading up to the performances, Onaje was lovingly shaped and focused with the ideas of additional friends: the actors, director, stage manager, and others. It opened to sold-out performances and rave reviews, largely due to Sue’s tireless work as its producer. Sue decided that she wanted to take Onaje up the ladder in New York and elsewhere. She wanted Kevin R Free. She took me to see several 10-minute plays directed by Kevin for Kelly Girod, the Obie winner and manager of The Fire This Time Theatre Festival. Based on the successes in New York, Sue took the script to Kevin’s agent, John Essay, again. By coincidence, John had seen the reviews of Onaje and asked that Kevin revisit the play. The path is always different but the results are always the same. When we all met each other for the first time during a Zoom conference call about a month and a half later, Kevin had fresh ideas that highlighted missed opportunities in the script. He had X-rayed it and knew the bone structure perfectly. I joked with him that it was almost as if he had a lawnchair in my brain. The same lesson is re-learned: trusted friends, credibility, and hard work make the apparently impossible dream happen. I’m so excited to be reaching for the next rung of the ladder. Stay tuned. (You can also follow along on my blog: http://robertbowiejr.com/continuing-to-build/)
"Fatty Fatty No Friends, it's the song that never ends!" Opening August 1st at New York Musical Festival! #bulliesaredelicious #theatre #theater #musicaltheatre #musicals #opera #broadway #offbroadway #nyc #newyork #timeoutnewyork Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com