BRENT BUELL is a
producer, director and novelist. He is lead producer of New York’s first
big hip-hop musical FREEDOM! by Patrick Blake starring Maino
(Fall 2014). In the spring of 2014 he will direct Josh Rivedal’s comedy, The
Gospel According to Josh.
He has taken the directorial helm on work including Iyaba Ibo Mandingo’s unFRAMED; From Sing Sing to Broadway, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in NYC; Rosemary Hester’s You Can’t Leave That There; Wood Bars, which he wrote with Miguel Valentin for the opening of John Buffalo Mailer and Tom Kail’s Back House Productions; his comedy The Gem Exchange, and his Las Vegas spectacular, Undone Divas. He wrote and directed The Terrors of Teri, a film for Ohio University, and Goddess Films tapped him to direct its new comedy Moses (selected for the 2011 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival). For ten years, Buell volunteered with the non-profit organization Rehabilitation Through the Arts, directing theater in New York’s maximum-security prisons. There his productions of plays, ranging from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men to three original works by prisoners, have earned praise from critics, including from The New York Times. His Breakin’ the Mummy’s Code premiered at Sing Sing and was the subject of a feature article in Esquire by bestselling author, John Richardson. His experiences provided the basis for his chapter “Drama in the Big House” in the book Performing New Lives, Prison Theater by Jonathan Shailor.
An accomplished actor, Buell has appeared in classic roles from Shakespeare and Ibsen to Moliere and Strindberg, and on the big screen in both the hit comedy Grand Opening and the controversial thriller Al Qarem. He is a story coach with The MOTH Theatre.
His outrageous political action adventure, Rapturous, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookseller.