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Gregory Nabours


Gregory Nabours lives and works in Los Angeles as a composer/lyricist and as a music director. Gregory began his career in music as a competitive classical pianist at the age of 10. In his college years, he branched out into jazz, film score, and choral music, with a focus on musical theater. After college, Gregory joined a rock band and toured Germany with one of Europe's most popular bands, Apoptygma Berzerk. He is now settled in Los Angeles, where he is the Resident Composer and a founding member of Coeurage Theatre Company, an ambitious company with a Pay-What-You-Want ticketing policy that has thrived in the five years since it began.

Gregory's song cycle, The Trouble With Words, was mounted and produced by Coeurage in 2011, and it unexpectedly earned him the 2011 Ovation Award for Best Music and Lyrics for an Original Musical, as well as Best Musical in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He has since been working on a musical adaptation of a popular graphic novel, The Masque of the Red Death, with celebrated author Wendy Pini. Gregory was chosen to be part of the 2013 Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project, where he studied and wrote with Andrew Lippa and Craig Carnelia. 

As a music director, Gregory's work on the intimate theater production of The Color Purple earned him the 2012 Ovation Award, the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award, the LA Weekly Award, and the NAACP Award for Best Musical Direction. Other credits include In the Heights, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Falsettos, Rent, The Wild Party, A New Brain, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins, and The Full Monty. Gregory is thrilled and honored to be performing at the Kennedy Center with his loved ones. A special thank you to his parents, Ryan, and to Michael Kerker.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/30/2014: Gregory Nabours

An evening of musical selections from lyricist Gregory Nabours. Part of Broadway: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Gregory Nabours