Vegas Baby……It started with a Tamburitzan

Gene Lubas is a show business “lifer”. With a strong sense of empathy and a penchant for live performance, Lubas has not worked in any other industry other than the Performing Arts. And, it all began with the performing and traveling experienced by being a dancer in the Tamburitzans. His passion for the stage led him to a career which introduced him to various forms of live entertainment and allowed him to wear many hats working over 30 years in this exciting yet unpredictable field. Living and working in the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, otherwise known as Las Vegas, Gene finds that sharing his many experiences with and encouraging young performers gives him the most gratification.

For thirteen years Gene worked for the world famous Cirque du Soleil on four different productions and special events, working and training more than 300 young artists from all over the world. Having joined Cirque in 2000, Mr. Lubas has held several positions including General Stage Manager for the touring show Alegria during its Asia-Pacific Tour of New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Upon returning to America, he was lured to Las Vegas and began his career with the Cirque shows on the Las Vegas Strip at the water spectacular, “O”, then on to share his creativity and management skills as Artistic Director for Zumanity and Viva ELVIS.

During his time with Cirque, he also created performances for the TV shows “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Miss Universe Pageant”, “America’s Got Talent”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “The Bachelor”, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Strictly Come Dancing” (the British version of “Dancing with the Stars”).

Prior to joining Cirque, Mr. Lubas gained considerable experience in various aspects of show business from performing on stages across the globe to teaching tap, hip-hop, character and musical theatre as well as directing and choreographing shows thorough out North America. Shortly after receiving a full scholarship with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, he began a professional performing career which led him to study dance in Europe (with teachers from the professional Slovak ensembles, Lucnica and SLUK), perform with several American dance companies, regional theaters, cruise ships and various Broadway shows, including the North American touring productions of “Oklahoma!”, “42nd Street”, and “The Will Rogers Follies” to name a few. Gene was fortunate for several years to live and perform over seas in the first European Tour of the Broadway show “42nd Street”.

Once he moved back to New York City, he was selected to return to The Kennedy Center stage in Washington, D.C. to dance in the Inauguration Celebration for President Clinton’s first term. (He had performed at the Kennedy Center years earlier with The Tamburitzans.) Upon making the decision to cease performing, Gene was approached to become a Production Assistant and trained to begin stage managing and cast many shows. Some of those shows include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with the Osmonds Second Generation, “Grease” with Frankie Avalon and “Smokey Joe’s Café” starring Gladys Knight.

Most recently, Gene was brought on to Las Vegas’ longest running show, “Jubilee” (the showgirl spectacular) as Creative Director. In the summer of 2015, Gene was promoted to the position of Director of Entertainment and Talent for Caesar’s Entertainment where he now oversees and produces shows at nine Caesar’s Entertainment properties (31 theatrical venues in Las Vegas) including creating numbers for artists such as Rod Stewart, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.

Mr. Lubas is also a mentor for the Theatre Production and Design students at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and serves on the faculty of The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre with whom he has recently returned to perform in main stage productions of “Coppelia”, “The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker” at the spectacular new performance gem, Las Vegas’ Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

In the summer of 2015, Gene served as Theatrical Advisor for the updated version of the Tamburitzans’ stage show, “New Horizons” as well as setting two choreographies on this infamous company. This was the third time he was brought in to work with the Tammies. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the newly formed Pittsburgh Institute of Folk Arts Institute.

Gene has been in a 24-year relationship with his life partner, Jerry Nadal. Together, they are the proud fathers of 9 year old twin boys and share the responsibility of raising Harrison and Wilson to be fine upstanding citizens and insist they succeed in following their dreams, including a love of the Performing Arts and their adopted heritages.

Gene’s wish is to “pay it forward” with the future of The New Tamburitzans.
Living on the West Coast is difficult for a member of the BOD, but he will do what he can and contribute his knowledge of the arts to assist in the
furtherance of America’s Premiere Folk Ensemble.

As a graduating high school senior, Gene would not have been able to afford to attend a university such as Duquesne, if it weren’t for being given the Tamburitzan scholarship. He was fortunately groomed by a single mother who instilled the love and continuation of her Eastern European culture on to her four children. If it weren’t for his passion of his heritage and the stage, he wouldn’t have met his life partner nor have the successful career he has enjoyed for over three decades.

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