Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Brett attended Grand Ledge High School and after graduation, moved to Kalamazoo, earning a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. Upon earning his degree, Brett moved to New York City where he has been an actor and performer for the last eight years. Three years ago, Brett returned to the academic world and received his Masters in Music from New York University with an Advanced Certification in Vocal Pedagogy. As a performer, he has written and toured the US Virgin Islands with his one-man shows, New York State of Mind and What You’d Call a Dream. The latter was the motivation for his new album, A Minute: The Songs of Craig Carnelia, now available on iTunes.
Theatrically, Brett has been seen in numerous New York, touring, and regional productions including The Sweet Smell of Success, The New York Musical Theater Festival sensation Fantasy Football: A Bromantic Comedy, Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Sweeney Todd, the regional premiere of Plaid Tidings, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, and the world premiere of The Last Days of Cleopatra.
For more than two years, Brett portrayed EMT Ernie Logan on the CBS soap opera, Guiding Light. He has also appeared on NBC’s Mercy, Spike TV’s Midnight Spike, as well as numerous commercials for Friday Movie Show Night on TV Land. He is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Voice Foundation, and the New York Singing Teachers, for the last three years, Brett has been on the Adjunct Voice Faculty at New York University. With an emphasis on musical theatre and pop-rock vocalisms, his progressive voice studio consists of both students and professionals. Utilizing technical instruction and repertoire coaching, the tenants of holistic singing are the foundation of his curriculum, equipping each singer with the essential tools necessary for a healthy voice and long career.
BDR Studios uniquely emphasizes both musical theatre and pop-rock vocalisms. This progressive voice studio consists of a wide range of experience, from beginning students through working professionals. Utilizing technical instruction and repertoire coaching, the tenants of holistic singing are the foundation of the curriculum, equipping each singer with the essential tools necessary for a healthy voice and long career.
A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Voice Foundation, and the New York Singing Teachers, for the last three years, Brett has been on the Adjunct Voice Faculty at New York University. This summer, Brett joined the talent office of Carlton, Goddard, and Freer Talent as an Assistant Agent and continues to serve as a Student Advisor and Audition Coach for Broadway Artists Alliance.
- New York University: Masters in Music and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Western Michigan University: BFA in Musical Theatre Performance
Assistant Agent - Carlton, Goddard, and Freer Talent
June 2013 – Present
- Submit clients for appropriate auditions at casting houses via Breakdowns Express
- Directly interacts with casting directors and producers, communicating all appointment information for clients
- Manage client database via in Entertainment and serve as the front line for all prospective client submissions
- Handle all aspects of office management including making appointments, facilitating clients, and answering a multi-line phone system
BDR Studios - Private Voice Studio
Fall 2011 – Present
- Works with students of every performance level, beginning through advanced, to improve their overall range, technique and skill level in both musical theater and pop-rock vocalisms.
- Builds individualized warm-up routines and personally designs a well-balanced audition book based on the student’s abilities, with music covering all genres
- Prepares students for auditions and call backs
Adjunct Faculty - New York University
Fall 2011 – Present
- Teach individual major and non-major students with an emphasis on treating vocal dysfunction
- Develop a wide range of repertoire and coach audition preparation skills
- Increase the viability of students for real world projects through intensive song interpretation/scene study sessions
Private Vocal Instructor and Performance Coach - Broadway Artists Alliance
May 2013 – Present
- Counsel and prepare individual artists in all professional matters including song selection, audition prep, and career advancement.
- Utilize industry contacts to promote students and connect with relevant counselors [BACK TO MENU]
Lessons are $60/hour
- Private studio space
- One-on-one session with Brett
- Digital copies of all music and accompaniment tracks (when applicable)
***An experienced accompanist is available for an additional $20 per half hour.
In your initial lesson with Brett, it’s a chance to get to know one another. This one-hour session allows for assessment of vocal level and range, singing and discussion of current repertoire, studio expectations, and most importantly it allows time to ensure that the working partnership will be compatible and beneficial for both performer and teacher.
Brett specifically focuses on:
- Building you an individual warm-up routine
- Using your areas of strength for your improvement with vocal technique
- Personally designing you a well-balance audition book covering all essential genres
- Audition preparation, coaching, and necessary tools to “own” the room you walk in [BACK TO MENU]
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CGF - Brett is thrilled to join the partners of Carlton, Goddard, and Freer as an Assistant Agent. This incredibly successful agency focuses on Theatre, Television, and Film and prides themselves on the individual attention they provide to every one of their clients. He is thrilled to be taking this step in his career and couldn’t be more grateful to the guys at CGF.
BROADWAY ARTISTS ALLIANCE - Brett Joined the Broadway Artists Alliance in the Summer on 2013 as an Audition Coach, and Voice Teacher, and Student Advisor. He continues to work very closely with them to help develop the new and young talent of tomorrow.
THE STORY OF JO-BETH – Brett has joined the cast of the musical reading The Story of Jo-Beth. From a concept by Erin Ortman and Daniel Maté, this retelling of the Book of Job is a one night only reading as part of the First Look Musical Theater Series at the JCC in Manhattan. On April 22 come join Brett and a cast that includes Farah Alvin, Dan DeLuca, Blaire Goldberg, Derek Klena, Megan Elizabeth Lewis, Shannon O’Boyle, Meredith Owens, Kat Papacostas, and George Salazar to hear the tale. With directed by Michelle Tattenbaum, music and lyrics by Daniel Maté, and music direction by Brian Usifer, this is one show you DON’T want to miss.
THE WANDERERS - Come see Brett as the role he has created in a brand new doo wop musical in Sarasota, Florida. Brett has joined the cast of Let’s Twist Again: With The Wanderers at The Florida Studio Theatre this winter. Singing songs like “My Girl,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and “Come and Go with Me,” Brett and the other Wanderers celebrate the golden doo wop era! Performances begin October 17 and run through February 10, 2013. For tickets and more info click HERE!
HORSE PLAY - Brett has joined the cast of Horseplay, a new musical reading taking place on September 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in New York City. Come watch Brett perform the role of Rocky, working with creators Mitch Kess and Ariel Fintzi to bring their rock musical to life. For show information, click HERE.
POOL BOY - Come see Brett play sleazy record producer Rodney Duval in Barrington Stage’s hit new musical, Pool Boy. With music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allerd, this musical will not disappoint. Performances begin March 22, 2012 at The Provincetown Playhouse in NYC. For tickets call 212.352.3101.
WHAT YOU’D CALL A DREAM (Behind The Scenes) - Behind the scenes footage of Brett shooting his music video “What You’d Call a Dream” from his new album, A Minute: The Songs of Craig Carnelia. This is definitely good for a laugh! Click HERE to watch.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS - Brett will be playing the role of infamous gossip columnist, J.J. Hunsecker in New York University’s upcoming production of Sweet Smell of Success. This in the first time the production has been fully staged since its original run on Broadway in 2001. Working with the creators Marvin Hamlisch, John Guare, and Craig Carnelia, Brett will be recreating the role originated by John Lithgow on Broadway and Burt Lancaster in the 1957 film. Performances begin September 29, 2011 at the Loewe Theatre in NYC. For tickets call 212.352.3101
FIRST SOLO ALBUM - Brett has been recording his debut album A Minute: The Songs of Craig Carnelia at Pyramid Studios in New York City over the past 4 months.
Click HERE to check it out on iTunes and let him know what you think!
FANTASY FOOTBALL - Brett will be playing the role of Buldgewater in the hilariously wrong NYMTF sensation Fantasy Football: A Bromantic Comedy. Who knew music theatre could be so manly!?! Come and find your inner sports geek at NYU’s Provincetown Theatre in NYC. Performances begin March 24, 2011. For tickets call 212.352.3101
MERCY - Don’t miss NBC’s Primetime drama “Mercy” at 8pm on October 7, 2009 to see Brett play a heroic paramedic, saving the lives of a group of young girls caught in a horrific nightclub fire.
ALL MY CHILDREN - After patrolling the streets of Springfield on CBS’s “Guiding Light” as their recurring EMT, Brett has managed to attract the townspeople of Pine Valley who were in need of an able bodied paramedic. So beginning on October 21, 2009, Brett will also be treating and curing even the most serious of injuries on ABC’s “All My Children.” Please tune in weekdays at 1pm Eastern Time.
BEST LITTLE WHORE HOUSE GOES PUBLIC - Brett plays the role of Sam in the Opening Doors Theatre Company’s production of The Best Little Whore House Goes Public. This updated and reinvented take on the older and not-so-well received musical is going up for only 4 performances at the Duplex. Don’t miss it! For more information click HERE.
SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS - For July and August, Brett is heading to the Sacramento Music Circus to join the 2008 summer season productions of Sweeney Todd starring Mark Jacoby and Mary Gordon Murray, and Evita starring Julia Murney and Eric Kunze. For tickets and more info. Click HERE.
GUIDING LIGHT - Brett is joining the cast of CBS’s long time soap opera, “Guiding Light.” Playing the role of EMT Ernie Logan, Brett will appear in numerous episodes of the show, treating and saving the people of Springfield from their severe and often unusual ailments. “Guiding Light” airs on CBS at 10 a.m. EST. Please tune in!
FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS - Brett will soon be appearing as Sparky in fun, quartet musical, Plaid Tidings at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois.
FRIDAY MOVIE SHOW NIGHT - Tune in to “TV Land” (Time Warner Cable Channel #85) starting July 7, 2006 at 4pm and 10pm, running the entire month of July to see Brett on “Friday Movie Show Night.” New spots will air each week, so be sure to tune in!
A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND - Brett is taking his one-man cabaret act, A New York State of Mind to the U.S. Virgin Islands during the last two weeks of August (August 19-28). This fun new show is written by Brett and his wonderful accompanist, Brandon Straub. Check out footage from the Cabaret HERE.