Edward M. Greenberg, director who taught theatrical arts at Queens College in New York City, died Nov. 21 of a stroke in New York City.
Greenberg produced or directed more than 250 major productions throughout the country during his 35-year career in theater. He retired in 1991, after serving 20 years as exec producer of the St. Louis Municipal Opera Co.
Prior to joining the St. Louis Opera, Greenberg was director of both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco Civic Light Opera associations.
His work with musical theater in California led composer Richard Rodgers to have him direct four of the first Lincoln Center musicals, “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “Kismet” and “The Merry Widow.”
He directed the centerpiece of the 1970 White House Conference on Children, a musical entitled “The Sound of Children,” which was later televised by NBC as a children’s special.
As a teacher, Greenberg founded the Performer’s Workshop in L.A. and taught at Queens College for 20 years up to 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Sara, two children and a brother.