Dean Bryant
Creative
Gender: Male

Bio

Dean is currently Associate Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. His MTC credits include Born Yesterday, Skylight, I’ll Eat You Last and Next to Normal. He directed the triumphant debut production Sweet Charity for Hayes Theatre Company (Helpmann and Sydney Theatre awards – Best Director of a Musical), and Little Shop of Horrors for the same producers (Luckiest/Tinderbox). Other credits include Anything Goes for Opera Australia/GFO, Once We Lived Here (Kings Head Theatre, London and 45DS), DreamSong (Theatreworks), Straight (Red Stitch), Hansel and Gretel (OzOpera), for The Production Company; Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance and (co-direction of) The Producers and Anything Goes, The Last Five Years, Prodigal (45DS), Once We Lived Here (45DS) and Virgins: A Musical Threesome (CUB Malthouse, NYMF). He created the verbatim theatre piece Gaybies, a hit of the Midsumma Festival and directed the Sydney premiere for Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

With composer Mathew Frank he has written the musicals Prodigal (off-Broadway season, York Theatre, Green Room award– Best Original Score), Once We Lived Here(Green Room award – Best New Musical, NYC and London seasons), Virgins: A Musical Threesome and The Silver Donkey as well as the songs for the Amy Winehouse musical episode of Channel 10’s Mr and Mrs Murder.

His cabaret credits as writer/director include Show People, Britney Spears: The Cabaret, Rhonda Burchmore’s Vinyl Viagra, Liza (on an E) (West End season), In Vogue: Songs By Madonna (Edinburgh Fringe), Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox (Adelaide Fringe Award – Best Cabaret), I’m Every Woman (Sydney Theatre Award – Best Cabaret), Newley Discovered, Experiment: Cole Porter and Josie in the Bathhouse.

He is Worldwide Associate Director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

www.bryantandfrank.com

Reviews

    "This is one of the most exciting musical theatre productions I’ve seen in a long time: a show given fresh life and raw, gritty currency by a superb creative team and cast."
    Sweet Charity
    Jo Litson, Scene and Heard

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review"But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative contro
    Deborah Jones, The Australian

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review"But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative contro
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review"But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative contro
    Cassie Tongue, Guardian, 25 February 2016

    "But under the green thumbs of director Dean Bryant ... responsible for a red hot Sweet Charity two years ago – Little Shop of Horrors looks more like a department store. Everywhere you look, there's something you want to take home."
    Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 Feburary 2016

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review"But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative contro
    Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, 24 February 2016

    " ... they’ve done it again. … a production that consistently rocks, surprises and thrills. This is the Little Shop of Horrors for today: much like Audrey II, it’s overwhelmingly, dazzlingly and terrifyingly alive."
    Ben Neutze, Daily Review, 24 February 2016

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review"But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative contro
    Bob Ellis

    "It's a production that could happily grace the stage of any city in the world, and is likely to be the most enjoyable and entertaining night at the theatre you'll have this year."
    I'll Eat You Last
    Cameron Woodhead, The Age

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review"But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative contro
    Peter Burch, The Australian, 2 June 2015