About Brian

Brian Rhinehart (Director) is an actor, director, Fulbright Scholar, and full-time lecturer of Acting, Directing, Devising, and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. An expert in devised theatre and collaborative playmaking, Rhinehart has worked as a freelance theatre director for the last twenty-three years. His productions have been seen in Italy, Turkey, Poland, Scotland, and all over the U.S. He is also a critically acclaimed actor (The New York Times, Show Business Weekly), who has performed in over fifty productions in the U.S. and Germany. Most recently in 2017, he appeared as a performer in Germany’s Dresden State Theatre’s production of The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. In 2007 Rhinehart assistant-directed the first national tour of the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer, as well as its Atlantic City production in Harrah’s Casino, 2008.  He was named “Best Director” of the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival for the play Einstein’s Dreams, and was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. The plays he has written or co-written have been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival and a variety of Off-Off Broadway venues. Brian is an internationally published scholar on the subject of contemporary German theatre, and is co-author of a book, titled Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen. He holds an M.F.A. in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. He has given various theatre seminars and workshops on acting, Improv, and devising in the U.S., Germany, Portugal, China, Japan, and Thailand, and he teaches or has taught Acting, Directing, Devising and Playwriting at such schools as The City University of New York (Baruch College), Marymount Manhattan College, New School University (Eugene Lang College), and Kean University.