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Saint Vincent Summer Theatre
Greggory Brandt, a professional actor and director with more than a quarter century of experience on Broadway and regional theatre stages, has been named director of stage and summer theatre at Saint Vincent College.
In his new role, Brandt will teach theatre courses to undergraduates at the college, direct the fall and spring student theatre productions and serve as artistic director of the annual summer theatre productions, which will open the 47th season in May.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to head the Saint Vincent Theatre which has such a long and illustrious history,” Brandt commented. “The legacy of our founder, the late Fr. Tom Devereux, O.S.B., long-time director the late Joe Reilly and, more recently, Colleen Reilly Rossmiller, provide a strong foundation that I will continue to build on. Our legions of patrons can count on us to continue to provide theatre productions of the highest quality.”
“I was attracted by this unique opportunity to teach acting courses and to direct a popular professional theatre,” he noted.
He will get started in the classroom at the beginning of the second semester on Jan. 12 with courses in musical theatre and in acting. He is also getting ready to begin rehearsals for the student production, All Shook Up, which will be presented the weekend of Feb. 13-15.
“I am looking forward to directing the student production,” Brandt commented. “We have some very talented students enrolled at this college and who came to auditions, so I know it will be a great show during the Valentine’s Day weekend.”
“I am also very busy looking at the scripts of possible shows for next summer,” Brandt reported. “I am planning to do two musicals since they are so popular, one serious drama, then close the season with a comedy or farce. I expect to have all four shows selected as well as get the rights secured within the next couple of weeks. I think our patrons will be very excited with what Saint Vincent Summer Theatre has in store this summer season!”
He is planning on having auditions in early March at both Saint Vincent College and also in New York City. He has also hinted that some of his former Broadway associates may be among those interested in coming to perform at Saint Vincent. “I think it would be exciting to have a couple of actors with New York / Broadway stage experience join us for a show, but there are also plenty of talented local actors I am looking forward to seeing at auditions,” he added.
“Also, we are hoping to be able to add some additional matinee performances this summer and are exploring the feasibility of also providing cabarets with some of them,” he reported.
Brandt, a member of the Actors Equity Association for two decades, will be recognized by veteran Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons who enjoyed him playing, “Smudge” in the productions of Forever Plaid in 2010 and 2012, and in Plaid Tidings in December 2012, “Alex” in I Love a Piano in 2013 and most recently, “Martin,” in A Grand Night for Singing in August 2014.
He is also a veteran of New York’s Broadway theatres where he was a “Swing” in the Broadway musical, A Tale of Two Cities, and “Enjolras” in both the Broadway and National Touring productions of Les Misérables. His other national tours include Camelot and Bells Are Ringing.
He has performed leading roles in many regional productions including Camelot, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Bells Are Ringing and The Secret Garden at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Goodspeed Opera House and Pittsburgh Playhouse. He also appeared in many Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera productions including Into the Woods, Les Misérables, A Little Night Music, Carousel, A Musical Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance, 1776 and Oliver.
Brandt was the baritone soloist at The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City under the direction of Robert Long. An avid concert performer, he has been featured with numerous symphony orchestras including The New York Chamber Orchestra, The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Washington Symphony, The Butler Symphony and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. He recently completed his new Broadway CD entitled The Best of Broadway.
As a director, he served as the production supervisor for Barnabus Theatre Productions musical production, Amazing Grace: The True Story and directed Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical II at the Cresson Lake Playhouse and numerous other musical revues. He earned the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Directing Award for his direction of Damn Yankees.
Brandt is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre and vocal performance as well as a master of arts in management degree. He also studied at the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne.
He previously taught musical theatre courses and voice at CMU, Rider University and New York University (Tisch).
Brandt is a native of Altoona where his parents, Glenn and Shirley Brandt, still reside. He recently relocated to Westmoreland County. He has two children, Ellen, who lives in Florida, and Eddie, a student at Rider University.