Title: Assistant Professor of Acting
Office: 3717 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Brant Russell is a graduate of Kenyon College (BA, political science) and Northwestern University (MFA, stage direction). He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an associate member of SDC, and has worked on the staffs of Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf. He has worked as a producer and/or director for Theater Seven, Steep Theater, Steppenwolf, Collaboraction, MoonPie Productions, Next Theater, Victory Gardens, the Side Project and Around the Coyote, among others. His short plays have been produced by Collaboraction and American Blues Theater. He has appeared onstage in productions and readings for Next, Theater-Hikes, Steep / Naked Angels, and Strawdog Theater. He has taught at Northwestern University, Kenyon College and Steppenwolf.
Since arriving in Cincinnati in 2013, he has led post-show discussions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and directed Boeing-Boeing, a collaboration between CCM Drama and the Carnegie Theatre in Covington, KY. In summer, 2014, he produced and directed the World’s Fair Plays at Queens Theatre in the Park in New York, and in January, 2015, he will direct the American premiere of Brett Neveu’s RED BUD at Signal Ensemble in Chicago.
In 2014-15, Brant will direct Macbeth as CCM's fall Mainstage Series Drama and a Studio Series Drama production in the spring. He teaches Artist in Society, Script Analysis, History of Directing and graduate courses including Intro to Dramaturgy and Collaboration Techniques. He has taught independent studies in Absurdist Theater, Politics in Drama and Performance Art.