Director Gregory Moore began his long performing/directing career at the Civic (Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theater) in 1977. Five years later, he moved to New York City, where he performed extensively with The Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. Mid-career, Moore 'shifted gears' and formed his own 1930's-themed 'big band, ' Gregory Moore & His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, performing and conducting the 'Great American Songbook' catalog of the early 20th century. He was awarded the very first Dorothy Loudon Award at the 2009 New York Cabaret Convention (at Rose Hall, Lincoln Center), in recognition of his effort "...to help keep alive the great music of the 1920's and 30's." In recent years, he has written/directed/performed several tribute shows to great performers of yesteryear in NYC, L.A. and London (and beyond). They include: Living in Dreams: The Russ Columbo Centenary Celebration, Pennies From Heaven: The Life and Songs of Arthur Tracy - The Street Singer, and in 2017, Coward in Vegas, a critically-acclaimed examination of the cabaret career and songs of the great Noel Coward (at The Metropolitan Room, NYC). Moore returned to The Civic in 2003, as part of the Civic's 75th Anniversary celebration - and after more than 30 years living elsewhere, Gregory is very glad to have returned home the Kalamazoo Area, and, especially to The Kalamazoo Civic - where he first learned to "dream big".