Brian’s work as an actor, director and writer has taken him across Canada and the United States. As an actor, he spent three seasons with the Shaw Festival, appeared as Raoul in the Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera, as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and won a Dora Award for outstanding performance as Frankie in the original Canadian cast of Forever Plaid. For the Stratford Festival he directed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and was associate director of Susan H. Schulman’s acclaimed productions of Man of La Mancha and Fiddler On The Roof. For four seasons he was artistic director of the Confederation Centre Young Company and served as the Charlottetown Festival’s associate director of new play development. He was resident director of the Toronto, Vancouver and national companies of Forever Plaid and served as associate director to Susan H. Schulman for the U.S. national tour of Sunset Boulevard and the first national tour of The Sound of Music. He also directed, dramaturged and developed the hit musical Come From Away at CMTP, Goodspeed Musicals and NAMT. For Disney Theatrical Productions he was resident director of the Toronto and Broadway companies of The Lion King, and associate director of Broadway’s The Little Mermaid.
With composer and lyricist Neil Bartram he has written the book for Not Wanted on the Voyage (Goodspeed’s New Works Festival 2012), The Nightingale and the Rose, Clara’s Piano, Somewhere in the World, The Theory of Relativity and The Adventures of Pinocchio, which was commissioned for the 2011 Chicago Shakespeare Theater season. Current Bartram and Hill projects include Senza Luce, a new musical commissioned by Michael Rubinoff and the Canadian Music Theatre Project, You Are Here, co-commissioned by Acting Up Stage and the Signature Theater, Spin with director Eric Schaeffer, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in 2013, an adaptation of Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-Soeurs, a musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the stage adaptation of Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Brian is best known as the book writer for The Story of My Life, which was developed at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, premiered on Broadway in 2009 and earned four Drama Desk Award nominations for outstanding musical, music, lyrics, and book. Brian is also known for writing the new book for the Old Globe's production of October Sky and the Goodman Theater’s acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon.
Studio Affiliation: New Studio On Broadway