Christian De Gré Cardenas

(Founder of MTAE/ Director/Composer/Actor)



Mexican Artist Christian De Gré has spearheaded numerous international projects in film, theater, television, music, publishing, web-media, fine-art and radio such as Fatty Fatty No Friends (New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for Best Music and Best Musical), Beware The Chupacabra (FringeFAVE), Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg (Audience Favorite at FRIGID New York) and Broken Crayons (Golden Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival). A self-taught composer, Christian De Gré has written and produced 22 original musicals/operettas in New York City at world renowned organizations like Feinstein's/54 Below, HERE Arts Center, and La Mama E.T.C. He has been commissioned to write music for The Discovery Channel, The Drama Desk Awards, The United Nations and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. De Gré has trained activists in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Americas as the Theater for Social Change Partner of the United Nations International Y-Peer Network. Other projects include fine art exhibitor at the 69th Regiment Armory (Time-Out New York: Photo of the Week) and published poet in Story Time with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World (available on Amazon). He is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute. Having served as the General Manager and director of Operations at The New York International Fringe Festival for five years and as Artistic Director of Mind The Art
Entertainment for over a decade, De Gré has overseen the opening of over 1,000 new theatrical productions in New York City. In 2018 De Gré was appointed as the new director of The National Opera Center in New York City. 



-Songwriter in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below- 2016, 2017 & 2018

-Panelist and Mastermind Facilitator at Davenport Theatricals- 2016, 2017 & 2018

-Commercial Theater Institute Alumnus- 2017

-Two time New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee- 2016

-Time-Out New York Critic's Pick- 2014 & 2015

-Show Score Ranked #2 show in Critic's Picks between Hamilton and Fun Home- 2015

-Theasy Best Bet best of the fall season mention- 2015

-Manhattan With a Twist best of the season winner- 2015

-Audience Favorite Award & Sold Out Award Winner at FRIGID New York - 2015

-Fringe FAVE Winner for The Lynn Redgrave Theater - 2015

-Two Fringe Encore Series Selections at Soho Playhouse - 2014 & 2015

-Producer of two FringeNYC Excellence Award Winning Shows - 2010 & 2014

-Resident Artist at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club - 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014

-Most Promising Artist by The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York - 2010 & 2012

-Photo of the Week by Time-Out New York - 2012

-Exhibited at the Armory Show as a fine artist- 2012

-Published Poet in Story Time with Mr. Buttermen- 2011

-United Nations Global Outreach Partner in NYC, Tunisia & Bulgaria- 2009, 2010 & 2011

-New Musical Development Award by Lark Play Development Center- 2011

-Opening Production at the La MaMa Puppet Series- 2010

-Golden Palm Winner at The Mexico International Film Festival- 2010

-Producer of the Drama Desk Awards Reception at Lincoln Center- 2010

-Artist of the Year by Mind The Art Entertainment- 2010

-Best Artist by The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce- 2004

Favorably reviewed and/or featured as an artist by these major publications: The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, New York Magazine, Theater That Matters, NBC, New York Daily News, Broadway World, Time-Out New York, Backstage, Manhattan with a Twist, The Wall Street Journal, Off The Beaten Track Theater, Ottawa On Stage, New York Radio, FlavorPill, Charged.Fm, IndieTheaterNow, Theater is Easy, The Examiner, Passport Magazine, NY Theater, Manhattan Times, Theater Mania, Playbill, The Happiest Medium, BradTV, Joonbug Magazine, TDF Stages, Talkin’ Broadway, Show Business Weekly and NY Press.