Students on stage performing Marisol

Brian Rhinehart

Pace University's Actors Studio Drama School faculty member Brian Rhinehart

Brian Rhinehart, PhD
Directing, Acting, Theatre History

For the past twenty years, Brian has worked primarily as a director of devised theatre and collaborative playmaking, receiving numerous national and international grants to create ensemble-based performances. He is a Fulbright and TEDx teaching scholar, and his productions have been seen in Italy, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Poland, Scotland, Germany, and the U.S. Brian is a part-time instructor at S.W.U.F.E in Chengdu, and Born Drama Studio in Beijing, China, and has given master-classes and workshops on acting, comedy acting, Improv, and Devising in the U.S., Central America, Europe and Asia. For the past twelve years he worked as an actor with the company Forum for Arts and Culture in Heersum, Germany, and in 2007 he served as Assistant Director of the first national Broadway tour of The Wedding Singer. He was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and was named “Best Director” of the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival for the play Einstein’s Dreams. The plays/performances he has written or co-written have been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival and a variety of venues, from Off-Off Broadway to the site-specific. He is an internationally published scholar on the subject of contemporary theatre and is co-author of a book on comedy acting, titled Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen. He has an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and a PhD in English from the University of Florida.