He directed Abingdon Theatre Company’s productions of Mike Vogel's MARCH MADNESS (AB*IE AWARD – Outstanding Director), Sherman Yellen's DECEMBER FOOLS. and Sheldon Bull's MALLORCA.
He also directed the New York Musical Theatre Festival productions of THE MAPMAKER'S OPERA, SASQUATCHED! THE MUSICAL and THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU EVER HOID (NYMF Award of Excellence).
Other Off-Broadway credits include CRITICAL MASS at the Lion Theatre and A TALE OF TWO CITIES at the Mint Theatre. He directed the Lincoln Center production of ALI BABA, an original adaptation utilizing middle-eastern musicians, dance and storytelling and the world premiere of BEYOND GRAVITY at New Jersey Repertory Company.
His over seventy regional theater directing credits include Jeffrey Hatcher’s WILDE GOES WEST for Pioneer Theatre and THE GYM at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Other regional credits include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!, CORPSE! and OUR TOWN.
His production of 1776 was named one of the “Top San Diego Productions of the Year” by PBS and earned him a “Best Direction of a Musical” Robby Award Nomination.
As a writer/director he adapted THE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET for the Lucille Lortel Theatre starring Tony Winners Debbie Gravitte and Chuck Cooper, a concert version of Wright and Forrest’s KISMET with Emily Skinner and his own adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA starring Nancy Anderson and Will Chase.
He also directed and adapted the stage version of THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER for a Sold Out National Tour, which was simulcast Live from the Charleston Performing Arts Center to 500 nationwide movie theatres.
DONALD BRENNER Has directed over 120 productions:
NEW YORK: Lincoln Center, City Center, Lucille Lortel Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, New York Musical Theatre Festival, York Theatre, Urban Stages, Lark Theatre.
REGIONAL: Berkshire Theatre Festival, Pioneer Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Oldcastle Theatre, Duluth Playhouse, Nevada Conservatory Theatre.
FEATURING: Joshua Malina, Lucie Arnaz, Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry, Will Chase, Carole Shelley, Sam Underwood, Debbie Gravitte, Chuck Cooper, Alma Cuervo, Nancy Anderson, Josh Grisetti, Lina Hall, Sean McDermott, Joel Perez.