About Brian

Brian Rhinehart is an actor, director and full time lecturer of Directing and Theatre History at The Actors Studio Drama School. He is Artistic Director of a theatre collective, Dog’s Breakfast, and was awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Grant to develop a co-production in Braunschweig, Germany, titled Dispersal: A Gentrification Story. An expert in devised theatre and collaborative playmaking, Rhinehart has worked as a freelance theatre director in Florida and New York for the last nineteen years.  During the summers he frequently works with the company “Forum for Arts and Culture” on their annual production in Heersum, Germany, titled Heersumer Sommerspiele.Most recently, he appeared as a performer in the 1200th Anniversary Celebration of the town of Hildesheim, in Lower Saxony, Germany, and he directed Butoh Medea on Theatre Row in Manhattan, which premiered in the 2014 United Solo Festival, winning awards for “Best One Woman Show,” “Best Choreography,” “Best Lighting Design,” and “Best Costume Design.” The production was then invited by United Solo Europe to perform in Warsaw, Poland. It was invited back to the United Solo Festival in 2015, where it won the “Best Physical Theatre” award. 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, was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a Resident Artist of the Kraine Theater from 2002 to 2005. Brian is also a critically acclaimed actor (The New York Times, Show Business Weekly), who has performed in over fifty productions in New York City, Germany, and Florida. 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 All Joking Aside: The Art and Craft of Comedy, to be published in 2016. 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 in the U.S., Germany, Portugal and China, and teaches or has taught Acting, Directing, Theatre History and Playwriting at such schools as The City University of New York (Baruch College), Marymount Manhattan College, New School University (Eugene Lang College), Kean University, and the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.