Brian Lynner

Brian Lynner

Brian has acted at some of the nation’s leading theatres, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, where he also served as Musical Director, composing and directing scores for a number of plays. In the early 1990s’s, he also toured Iowa and the Midwest, playing the title role in an original one-man show: The Adventures of Mark Twain.
Brian began teaching Shakespeare workshops in Iowa high schools in 1991. These workshops lead to the creation of the Iowa Shakespeare Project, and to the development of the company’s Shakespeare & You educational outreach programs, including the summer Shakespeare Conservatory, a summer actor-training program for high school students, staffed with professional actors from the Iowa Shakespeare Project summer Shakespeare In The Parks Festival. As an Iowa Arts Council Artist-In-Residence for the Shakespeare Project, Brian visited schools throughout the state, bringing Shakespeare into the classroom for thousands of Iowa students from K-12 to college. As the Artistic Director for the Shakespeare Project Brian directed, acted in, and composed a music for a number of professional productions and community-based collaborations that paired theatre professionals with community and school groups.
From 2001-2003 Brian served as co-Artistic Director of The Drama Workshop, where he appeared as King Henry II in The Lion in Winter and directed The Taming of the Shrew. Acting roles include Hamm in Endgame for Repertory Theatre of Iowa, and the title role in Unexpected Company’s production of J.B. He is co-author of the company’s original works, Voices of the Civil War, Shakespeare On Love, Hearts of Freedom, and Thursday’s Children, for which he also composed original music.
Brian has provided private coaching services to actors looking to hone their classical acting skills, and to business people looking to improve their public speaking abilities. He has also taught acting classes for age groups from elementary school to adults for the Des Moines Schools Department of Community, Adult & Continuing Education. He has also taught classes as an adjunct instructor for the Drake University Department of Theatre, and is a guest lecturer on American theatre for William Penn University’s College of Working Adults. He has also appeared in several independent films, including The Yoofo Club, released in 1999, and in the feature film Dylan’s Wake, shot in Des Moines in 2009 and released in 2010.