Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant



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 YearsProdigal (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 ViagraLiza (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 DiscoveredExperiment: 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.


    "But with Little Shop of Horrors, the director, Dean Bryant, and his team have made a thrilling case for handing the creative control back to Australian artists. Their new revival ... is a black comedy triumph ... it touches the divine."
    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

    "It’s not often that a show feels as perfectly realised as this. For cast, design, direction – and not least that fabulous piece of flailing flora – this pungently manured Little Shop is well worth breaking open the piggy bank to see."

    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

    "It envelops us in human variety and upstirred intellectual relish and compassionate sympathy like almost no other evening of theatre...the actors mesmerise in short speeches and marvelous brief stirring songs..."
    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

    "Bryant is emerging as one of our most gifted music-theatre directors: his productions are increasingly characterised by their clarity and energy."
    Sweet Charity
    Peter Burch, The Australian, 2 June 2015

    "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

    "Director Dean Bryant's conception of Sweet Charity shows how powerful it can be to have to think small."
    Deborah Jones, The Australian

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"
    Ben Neutze, The Daily Review


  • Sydney Theatre Award nomination, Best Direction of a Musical, Little Shop of Horrors

  • Helpmann Award, Best Direction of a Musical, Sweet Charity

  • Adelaide Fringe Festival Awards, Best Cabaret, In Vogue/Sweet Dreams

  • Green Room Award, Best Original Score, Prodigal

  • Green Room Award, Music Theatre - New Australian Musical, Once We Lived Here

  • Sydney Theatre Award Nomination, Best Cabaret, I'm Every Woman

  • Sunday Telegraph, Best Cabaret (writer/director), I'm Every Woman

  • Helpmann Award Nomination, Best Director of a Musical, Anything Goes

  • Helpmann Award Nomination, Best Director of a Musical, The Last Five Years

  • Sydney Theatre Award Nomination, Best Direction of an Independent Production, Sweet Charity

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Best Director of a Musical, The Last Five Years

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Best Director of a Musical, Virgins

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Best New Work, Virgins

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Direction, The Producers

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Best Director of a Musical, Prodigal

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Best Cabaret, Britney Spears: The Cabaret

  • Sydney Theatre Award Nomination, Best Cabaret, Newley Discovered

  • AWGIE Award Nomination, Best Musical, Jumpin' the Q

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Music Theatre - Direction, Prodigal

  • Green Room Award Nomination, Director, Britney Spears: The Cabaret

  • Sydney Theatre Award Nomination, Newly Discovered, I'm Every Woman

  • Sydney Critics' Award Nomination, Best Cabaret, Britney Spears: The Cabaret