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Ai Lead Writer, BRENDAN McCALL

Brendan McCall is a writer and movement artist whose work with dance, theater, opera, and performance art has appeared in over 40 countries on 5 continents. Originally from California, he spent 18 years of his professional life in New York, and since 2008 has lived in Turkey, Australia, Norway, and France. 

A member both of  Actors Equity Association (USA) and the Norwegian Actors Union, Brendan has performed professionally in both languages in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, India, Russia, and Japan. Recent acting performances include Henrik Ibsen´s Svanhild (winner, 2014 Oslo Prize for Best Performance) at Teater Ibsen & Den Norske Opera (Norway), the Platonov International Arts Festival (Russia), and Theater X (Japan); and What a Glorious Day! at the 1st Ashirwad International Theater Festival (India), both directed by Lars Øyno. He has also performed professionally for Alexandra Beller, Maureen Fleming, David Gordon, Sin Cha Hong, Moisés Kaufman, Helena Lambert, Paul Langland, Mary Overlie, Stephen Petronio, Aki Sato, Keith Thompson, among others.

His theater direction has been produced internationally in the United States, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Armenia, Turkey, Morocco, and Australia. Recent projects include #OccupyOpera, a new opera-in-progress composed by Kristin Norderval developed during multiple residencies at Den Norske Opera (Norway): Rabbit Hole (California, USA); As You Like It for the annual Shakespeare On The Plaza festival (New Mexico, USA); the Norwegian & Moroccan premieres of Open House, a site-specific play by Guggenheim Fellow Aaron Landsman (USA), presented by Nordic Black Theatre; and Visions of Kerouac, which he also wrote & produced, in association with Grusomhetens Teater (Norway).

As a producer, Brendan has represented a number of innovative independent artists around the world.  Current collaborators include contemporary dance artists Haugen Productions & Kari Hoaas Productions (Norway) and danceTactics (USA). He was Director of Production for Tulsa Ballet (USA) in 2019, in charge of their collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, TBT´s European tour, as well as their world premiere by award-winning Broadway choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler; was the Producer for Grusomhetens Teater (2014-17), bringing the group to Japan, Turkey, and the USA for the first time; and served as Manager of the Cummins Theatre (Australia) from 2012-14, creating their playwright-in-residence program in partnership with Stages WA. He is currently a member of the Mary Overlie Legacy Project and a co-founder and co-director of the Allan Wayne Work Alliance.

As an educator, Brendan has taught a range of courses for conservatories and university programs (both Bachelor and Masters) since 1994. Previous long-term appointments include the Yale School of Drama, the New School for Drama, New York University, the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (United States); Danshôgskolan, Ballettakademien, Danscentrum, and Operalabb (Sweden), Bilkent University (Turkey), and The International Theater Academy Norway, where he served as Rektor (2008-10). Since 2019, he has taught movement and solo performance courses at Pace University in New York. His areas of expertise include Allan Wayne Work, the Jean Hamilton Floor Barre Technique, Mary Overlie´s Six Viewpoints, physical theater and ensemble training, and nurturing the creation of original performance-based work.

His award-winning articles have appeared in English, French, Norwegian, Russian, and Belarusian in publications such as Contemporary Theatre Review (UK), HowlRound, Contact Quarterly Dance Journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Dance Magazine, Cultural Weekly (USA), pARTisan, ARCHE (Belarus), Regard Sur ĺ Est (France), and Klassekampen, Aftenposten, and The Nordic Page (Norway). He has presented at international conferences in Russia, England, and the United States on topics such as contemporary stagings of Samuel Beckett and Henrik Ibsen, to fundamental business practices into contemporary performing arts education.

BFA with Honors in Acting, New York University; MFA in Dance, Bennington College.


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