What A Pair!

Creative Team 2006 - Los Angeles

Matthew Diamond

Matthew Diamond has received an Oscar nomination, four Emmy awards, three Director’s Guild Awards and the Humanitas Award for his work as a director. He has directed many music specials as well as a long list of dramatic programming. His credits include numerous episodes of prime time television including “Desperate Housewives”, “Ugly Betty” and “The Gilmore Girls”.

Mr. Diamond was recently nominated for both an Academy Award and a Director’s Guild Award for his feature documentary, Dancemaker, about the world of choreographer Paul Taylor. Among many honors, the International Documentary Association named it Best Feature Film.

In the music world he has directed numerous specials and has won three DGA awards in Music Variety for these programs. These include the 2005 award for Swan Lake with American Ballet Theatre, the 2003 award for Fosse, and the 1996 award for “Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein.” Other performance programs include Paul Taylor’s The Wrecker’s Ball, Garth Fagan’s Griot N.Y., The Balanchine Celebration, Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut, and Paul Taylor’s Speaking in Tongues. He also directed the television production of Broadway’s Victor, Victoria and several “In Performance at the White House” specials as well as the Tony Award winning musical Crazy For You and Piano Grand starring Billy Joel. He also produced and directed Othello featuring the San Francisco Ballet. Most recently he directed Camp Rock starring the Jonas Brothers and is in post-production on the children’s feature film The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. Currently he is the series director for So You Think You Can Dance.

Thomas Griep
THOMAS GRIEP (Musical Director)

Thomas Griep has worked with some of the most talented singers in the business including Carol Channing, Nathan Lane, Rita Moreno, Cher, Tommy Tune, David Hyde-Pierce, Bobby Vinton, Paul Anka and Olivia Newton-John as a conductor and/or pianist.

Tom has worked in Los Angeles' best theatres as conductor or assistant, including: Mamma Mia - Shubert Theatre, Ten Commandments - Kodak Theatre, Will Rogers Follies - South Bay Civic Light, Big River - Mark Taper Forum, The Dead - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Annie Get Your Gun - Orange County Performing Arts Center and Camelot - Hollywood Bowl.

Tom is currently the primary keyboardist for "American Girl Review" at The Grove / Farmer's Market.  He was also pianist for Lorna Luft (daughter of Judy Garland) with the Orlando Symphony.  Tom is music director for Rain Pryor (daughter or Richard Pryor) in a one-woman show called Fried Chicken and Latkas, headed for Broadway.  He is active as an orchestrator and composer.  His orchestrations have been recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras.  

His favorite "pair" are his lovely wife, Evelyn Halus and their 3 year old daughter, Oliviana.  

For more information, check out Tom's very popular web site for singers called AuditionTrax.com.

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