Brian Russell
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Brian Russell

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The best kept secret in music


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Several samples are at my website -
18 songs written for a new Children's Book series called LULLATALES (


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Brian Russell is a composer/writer/director based in Chicago. He started playing piano at age five, composing music at eight, and acting at twelve. By his late teens, he’d given up acting and moved into directing, working across the country as a music director and a stage director of plays, musicals and operas. For ten years he combined theater administration with his artistic work, serving as associate artistic director of Northlight Theatre from 1993-97 and producing artistic director of American Theater Company from 1997-2002. These days, he spends much of his time writing and composing and working as an artist-in-residence at The Breakthrough Group, a consulting firm that uses story and strategic conversation to build individual and organizational capabilities of our clients, mostly Fortune 500 companies. He also does some private voice and acting coaching and has served on the faculties of Loyola University Theatre Department, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at New York University (where he received his training) and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He also served for four years on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres; is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the American Guild of Musical Artists; and serves as an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts.