Greg Vinkler

Artistic Director/Actor

Greg is delighted to have played a part in the Players’ wonderful history for 33 years. Besides putting the seasons together, as well as the winter play reading series, he has directed 33 productions (including ChicagoLombardi and The Full Monty) and performed in 51 shows. For his work with the Players, he was honored with the inaugural Door County Artist of the Year Award. Greg has performed extensively in Chicago, appearing at Chicago Shakespeare (39 productions), Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, Writers, Northlight, Marriott Lincolnshire and Victory Gardens theaters, and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards (12 nominations), two Artisan Awards and an After Dark Award. Regionally he has performed at Milwaukee Rep, Paper Mill, Fulton, Pittsburgh Public and BoarsHead theaters. Greg appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of West Side Story and also at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Barbican Theatre in London, Vienna’s English Theatre and Singapore Rep.

2021 Role:  George Fox in Romance in D.

2019 Role:  Director for George Washington’s Teeth

2018 Roles:  Man in Now and Then; Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone; Director for Salvage

2017 Roles:  Ed in The Actuary; Director for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

2016 Roles:  Dan in Chapatti; Director for The Full Monty; Senator E. W. Higgins in Alabama Story

2015 Roles:  Ned Newley in A Real Lulu; Director for Outside Mullingar

2014 Roles: Director for The Mystery of Irma VepMajor General Benjamin Butler in Butler

2013 Roles: Ottawa in Saloon; Director for Sunday In The Park with George; Felix Geisel in Ken Ludwig’s The Games Afoot

2012 Roles: Dorian, Viloa in Opus; Director for Chicago; Director for Lombardi

2011 Roles: Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest; Director for God of Carnage

2010 Roles: Gustave in Heroes; Director for A Little Night Music

2008 Roles:  Director for The Lady’s Not For Burning; Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

2007 Roles: Director for Unnecessary Farce; Mr. Mushnick in Little Shop of Horrors; John Campbell in Be My Baby

2006 Roles: Frederick Treves in The Elephant Man; Paravacini in The Mousetrap

2005 Roles: Captain Josiah Wickett in The Uneasy Chair; Andrei Borshevsky in Red Herring; Director for Escanaba in Da Moonlight

2004 Roles:  Jack in Broadway Bound; Dr. Zubritsky in Fools

2003 Roles:  Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons; Robert in Proof

2002 Roles:  Adolph Freitag in The Last Night of Ballyhoo

2001 Roles: Eric Swan in Cash On Delivery; Gayev (Leonid), Ranyevskaya’s Brother in The Cherry Orchard; O.B. Abbott in Radio Gals

2000 Roles:  Serge in Art

1999 Roles:  Henry II, King of England in The Lion in Winter; Dr. David Mortimore in It Runs in the Family

1998 Roles:  Elgin, the butler in Spider’s Web; Aubrey Henry Maitland Allington in Tons of Money; Hucklebee, the Boy’s father in The Fantasticks

1997 Roles:  Antonio Salieri in Amadeus; Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black

1996 Roles:  Henry Perkins in Funny Money; Bela Zangler in Crazy For You

1995 Roles:  Hysterium, slave to Senex and Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

1994 Roles:  Señor Don Pepe Hernandez in El Grande de Coca-Cola; Joel, her brother in Beau Jest; Henry Higgins in Pygmallion

1993 Roles: John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet; George Pigden in Out of Order; Jane Twisden, Lorde Edgar Hillcrest in Mystery of Irma Vep

1992 Roles:  Floyd in The Fourth Wall

1991 Roles:  William Coles in Other People’s Money; Tristram in Taking Steps

1989 Roles:  John Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods

1988 Roles:  George in Doubles; Henry Metcalf in Return Engagement; Doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire; Simon Slade in Ten Nights in a Bar Room