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Brant Russell

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 Queens Theatre, Theatre 7, Steep Theatre, Steppenwolf, Collaboraction, MoonPie Productions, Next Theatre, 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 Theatre. He has taught at Northwestern University, Kenyon College, and Steppenwolf, and is a faculty member at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. 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 January, 2015, he will direct the American premiere of Brett Neveu’s Red Bud at Signal Ensemble. He will direct Macbeth at CCM in October, and The Debate Society’s You're Welcome in spring, 2015.  In July 2014, he produced and directed The World’s Fair Play Festival at Queens Theatre, which was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

 

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The World’s Fair Play Festival
Essay

The World’s Fair Play Festival

Remaking the Space-Time Continuum in Queens

12 August 2014

Brant Russell writes about The World's Fair Play Festival in 2014 at the Queens Theatre, which premiered 12 short plays about the 1964 and 1939 World's Fairs, where those fairs happened.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Plays
Essay

What We Talk About When We Talk About Plays

How to lead post-show discussions for fun and profit

3 May 2012

Brant Russell offers some rules and philosophy on post-show discussions, building off five years of experience at Steppenwolf Theatre.