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Brant Russell

Title: Assistant Professor of Acting
Office: 3717 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Tel: 312-882-5647

Since arriving in Cincinnati in 2013, Brant Russell has directed Macbeth, You’re Welcome, the workshop and subsequent full production of Very Dumb Kids, Romeo and Juliet, and Love and Information at CCM. Other CCM projects include Boeing-Boeing (a co-production with The Carnegie) and The Hunchback of Seville (a co-production with Know Theatre). He is the founding artistic director of the CCM Playwrights Workshop, and the drama editor for The Cincinnati Review. For CCM Acting, he teaches Artist in Society, Script Analysis and History of Directing. He also produces the annual TRANSMIGRATION Festival of student-devised work. He directed the world-premiere production of Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump and the regional premiere of The Man-Beast at the Know, where also appeared in the musical Whisper House.  His short plays have been performed here by the Cincinnati One-Minute Play Festival. He frequently collaborates with Queens Theatre in New York, where he has produced Park Plays and The World’s Fair Play Festival (New York Times Critic’s Pick), and directed The Miracle Worker - all three with many CCM alums. Russell has worked with many companies in his home town of Chicago, including Theater 7, Strawdog, Next, Steep, Side Project, A Red Orchid, Collaboraction, Victory Gardens, Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf.


  • BA (Political Science), Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.
  • MFA (Stage Directing), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2013 to To Present, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.