Brett Smock - Director, Artistic Director
Brett Smock (General Manager/Associate Artistic Director of Merry Go Round Playhouse) Born in Kailua, Hawaii, to the son of a diplomat, Brett grew up in Paris, Saudi Arabia, Berlin, Libya, Pakistan, Israel, Singapore and Washington DC – where he received his BA in Theatre from The American University.
Brett began his tenure with MGR twenty one years ago – appearing as an ensemble member in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He then became a choreographer in 1994 and a director / choreographer in 1996.
To date, he has staged over 33 productions here at MGR, including Evita w/ Leslie Kritzer,Footloose w/ Aaron Tveit, Chicago, 42nd Street and last year’s hit Cabaret. Brett celebrated another milestone with the company last year, when he assumed the position of General Manager/Associate Artistic Director. Additionally, Brett has an extensive body of work as a director/choreographer and in the development of new musicals. Highlights include: Treasure Island~A New Musical (Pre-Broadway/World Premiere: Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Mudge Boy~A New Musical (workshop w/ Donna McKechnie/ Music/Lyrics by Drew Brody--Book, Direction; In development), They Shoot Horses, Don’t They (State Theatre, Russia; upcoming 2013 NYC Reading), Streets of America (Kennedy Center), Becoming George (World Premiere – Metro Stage), Sideshow and The Last Five Years (Gorilla Theatre), The Sand Storm (Metro Stage - East Coast Premiere), Stardust (New Version in development), Footloose (w/Matt Cavenaugh & Elizabeth Stanley/Theatre By The Sea), Kiss Me, Kate, Pirates of Penzance, On The Town (Lucille Lortel/Inside Broadway), Dames At Sea, Pippin, and Putting It Together (Emelin Theatre).
Brett served as Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain for the Los Angeles companies ofSingin’ in the Rain and 42nd Street, directed and choreographed a new long-running show for Cunard’s QE2 in London and South Africa and choreographed the First European Tour of Guys & Dolls. He has staged special events in Indonesia, Mexico and all over the U.S. with John Lithgow, Linda Eder, Barbara Mandrell, Dionne Warwick and Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Dedicated to the development of the next generation of musical theatre performers, Brett holds guest artist positions at several universities, is an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University, was selected as a participant in the Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center. Brett is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).