Kyle Brand is a Southern California native and a New York City transplant. He spent a childhood choosing soccer cleats for a The Nutcracker audition and tap shoes for a baseball game. He finally landed in jazz shoes dancing his way through eight years of competition dance and into The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where he earned his BFA in Music Theatre. He left college with plenty of passion for becoming a New York City based working actor but was (thankfully) pulled into the world of choreography and eventually into the land of directing.
Kyle has spent his five years in New York assisting on regional productions with the director Mark Waldrop at Paper Mill Playhouse and Olney Theatre Group. He has also created his own work at the Monomoy Theatre in Cape Cod, New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, Playhouse on Park in Connecticut as well as his alma mater- The Hartt School.
While directing and choreographing have kept him busy, Kyle will never pass up the chance to perform (especially at dinner). Some of his recent roles include Bill in Kiss Me, Kate, The Emcee in Cabaret, and the Headwaiter in She Loves Me. It is also his deep seeded belief that any ensemble work he has done where his job was to be interesting but not too interesting is where his best work lies.
Beginning in January 2016, Kyle will direct the beautiful and soaring Titanic at The Hartt School in Hartford.
Kyle had the immense pleasure of spending the holiday season as a member of the ensemble in Northern Stages' first musical Mary Poppins in their new theatre.
Photo by: Rob Stong
Kyle completed duo roles as director and choreographer for the Monomoy Theatre's season opener Damn Yankees!
Kyle returned to The Hartt School to choreograph the "solve it yourself musical" The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Creating a true proscenium show in a black box was quite a task for both director Tracy Moore and Kyle- but that is when true theatre magic happens.