Brendan is both a producer as well as a performing artist whose work has appeared in over 40 countries on 5 continents. Born in the United States, he has also lived in Turkey, Australia, and Norway.
He has performed professionally in both English and Norwegian in Norway, India, Russia, and Japan. Recent performances include Henrik Ibsen's Svanhild (winner of the 2014 Oslo Prize for Best Performance) at Teater Ibsen & Den Norske Opera (Norway), the Platonov International Arts Festival (Russia), and Theater X (Japan); and What a Glorious Day! at the 1st Ashirwad International Theater Festival (India), both directed by Lars Øyno. He has worked professionally with Alexandra Beller, Maureen Fleming, David Gordon, Sin Cha Hong, Moisés Kaufman, Paul Langland, Mary Overlie, Stephen Petronio, Keith Thompson, among others. He is a member of the Norwegian Actors Union.
He has directed plays in the United States, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Armenia, including premieres by Aaron Landsman and Rosary O'Neill. Currently, he is directing and producing Visions of Kerouac, a “movement-theater concept album,” at Grusomhetens Teater--the first guest director to make a new work on the company since GT was founded in 1992.
He has taught performing arts courses at professional conservatories and universities (both Bachelor and Masters programs) since 1994, with long-term appointments including the Yale School of Drama, the New School for Drama, New York University, the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the United States; Danshôgskolan, Ballettakademien, Danscentrum, and Operalabb (Sweden), Bilkent University (Turkey), and The International Theater Academy Norway, where he served as Rektor (2008-10). He served as Manager of the Cummins Theatre (Australia) from 2012-14, and created the Belarusian Dream Theater (2014), a festival of new short plays addressing censorship in Belarus in partnership with theaters in thirteen countries on three continents.
His award-winning articles have appeared in English, French, Norwegian, and Belarusian in publications such as Contemporary Theatre Review (UK), Contact Quarterly Dance Journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Dance Magazine, Cultural Weekly, HowlRound (USA), pARTisan, AR CHE (Belarus), Regard Sur l'Est (France), and Klassekampen, Aftenposten, and The Nordic Page. He has presented papers at conferences in Russia, England,and the US, on topics including business practices for contemporary theater, performing Samuel Beckett internationally, and contemporary stagings of Henrik Ibsen.
Based in Oslo since 2014, he has served as the Producer for a number of independent Nordic performing artists, including Grusomhetens Teater, Øystein Elle / Capto Musicae, Nina Kornetová / TITS, Ulf Nilseng / TOYBOYS, Siri & Snelle Produksjoner, Dieserud/Lindgren, and Birgitte Fjeld Bjørsvik. He has also served as a producer for danceTactics performance group (USA), Apropos Theater (Romania), and Cinnober Teater (Sweden).
BFA with Honors in Acting, New York University; MFA in Dance, Bennington College; MA in Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo.