Greg is a born and bred Washingtonian and well-respected artist: singer, pianist, musical director, composer and arranger, actor, voice talent, and entertainer. He is a graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University (B.M. Music Education), and a former graduate student of Catholic University where he pursued his masters in vocal performance.
Greg is the recipient of the 2008 ASCAP Foundation/Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive Award in honor of Dr. Quincy Jones for his outstanding work in production, composition, performance, and musical direction. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Coalition for African-Americans in the Performing Arts’ Emerging Artist Award for his exemplary work with children, his service to the community, and his many accomplishments as a rising performing artist.
He has appeared in several operas including Steven M. Allen’s The Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows for which he sang the original leading baritone role of quintessential novelist and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and garnered media attention in the newly PBS Documentary, Beyond the Mask, chronicling the life of Mr. Dunbar. Greg has also appeared on Season Six of the hit television series House of Cards and recently received his first Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical (The Gospel at Colonus).
The effervescent Renaissance man that he is, Greg Watkins has appeared as an actor in the WSC Avant Bard’s production of The Gospel at Colonus and King Lear, both of which received Helen Hayes Recommended status for 2017. Other local and regional credits include Theater Alliance (Black Nativity); Stanford in Washington (Blues for a Royal Flush); Arts Centric (Sister Act); Toby’s Dinner Theater (Dreamgirls); Workhouse Arts Center (Rock of Ages); Delaware Theater Company (Crowns); Harrison & Berg (Soul Harmony); and Anacostia Playhouse (Happy Ending.) Greg has worked as a musical director, locally and nationally, on a number of productions including The Poet Warriors (2010 Capital Fringe Best Musical Award). Greg has worked in tandem with prolific Broadway & Sundance Film Composer Kathryn Bostic and Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad as co-music arranger and musical director for the nationally-acclaimed staged-reading of Christina Ham’s Four Little Girls. His talents as a singer and pianist have even taken him from The White House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral, and Warner Theatre to international soil: Germany, Russia, Italy, China, Antigua and Barbuda, and Colombia.
For eleven years, Greg has served as musical director and primary musical theater instructor of The Performing Arts Training Studio’s Children’s Theater Workshop. Additionally, he has taught musical theater as well as choral and general music at Friendship Collegiate Academy, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Takoma Academy and Alice Deal Middle School. Most recently, he starred in the roles of Q.P. Colvin and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Monumental Theater Company’s staged-reading of Britt Bonney’s Montgomery at The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Page to Stage Festival. Greg currently serves as artistic director of The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir and Minister of Music at the Dayspring Community Church. This fall, he will star as Zoser in Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Aida.