Dean Bryant
Creative / Directing / Music / Writing

Bio

DIRECTOR/WRITER

Dean is a multi-award winning theatre director and writer. His Melbourne Theatre Company credits include Torch the Place, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Lady in the Van, Wild, An Ideal Husband, Vivid White, 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).  More recently he directed Assassins for Hayes Theatre Company (staged at Sydney Opera House).

Other credits include Two Weddings One Bride for Opera Australia,  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 My Brilliant Career (Monash/Pratt Foundation), 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.

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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
    Scene and Heard

    "Under Dean Bryant's direction, Sweet Charity becomes something real; something palpable"

    The Australian

    "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."
    Sydney Morning Herald

    " ... 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."
    Daily Review

    "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
    The Age

    “Bryant directs with a humanity-first approach, illuminating Law’s richly drawn characters and letting them shine" - Torch the Place
    The Guardian

    "Dean Bryant's brilliantly crafted production... The wonderful vision that captivated audiences retains its energy and connection in the larger Playhouse space."
    Assassins
    Broadway World

    "Bryant’s production... handles extraordinarily difficult material with ease... absolutely breathtaking."

    Daily Review

    "Bryant’s Assassins as “a stunningly inventive production in which every single element comes together brilliantly” and it’s even slicker at its new venue, while still retaining the gritty edge that made it work at the Hayes."

    Limelight

    "Director Dean Bryant handles the play’s precipitous sliding into surreality with a kind of gleeful candour." ★★★★


    Time Out

    "...five gold stars, Dean Bryant" - Anything Goes
    Stage Whispers