Groundhog Day Reviews and More!
February 2, 2020

I recently finished playing Ned Ryerson in the regional premiere of “Groundhog Day: The Musical” at San Francisco Playhouse. It was such a joy to perform in this spectacular show. 68 performances (!) later my heart is filled with gratitude towards the many talented folks, onstage an off, who made it possible. In addition to playing Ned, I also understudied the role of Phil Connors and got to perform it several times. Click here for some video from the show!

Me as Ned opposite the great Ryan Drummond as Phil
I’d just like to point out …
I’m the tall one

We were also honored by some special visitors during our run! Andy Karl, who originated the role of Phil Connors in the West End and Broadway productions of “Groundhog Day”, saw our production (the first one since his) with his brilliantly talented wife, Orfeh:

Orfeh, our director Susi Damilano, and Andy Karl

We were also humbled to welcome Danny Rubin to the show. Mr. Rubin wrote the screenplay for the movie “Groundhog Day” as well as the book for the musical. We owe it all to him!

Danny Rubin and the cast

Here’s what the critics had to say about my performance:

“Dean Linnard … is fantastic as Ned Ryerson, a supremely annoying high school classmate of Phil’s. His comic skills shine in act one, but it’s his gorgeous, resonant rendering of the bittersweet “Night Will Come” that is a highlight of the second half of the show.” Patrick Thomas, Talkin’ Broadway

“The most moving song in the play, “Night Will Come,” sung by the insurance agent Ned Ryerson (fast talking, magnetic Dean Linnard) affects us deeply.” Patrick L. Morin, Theatrius

“Dean Linnard, as Phil’s high school classmate Ned, gives even stillness the spring of a jack-in-the-box.” Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

“Dean Linnard as Phil’s insurance-selling high school classmate Ned Ryerson gets the combination of goofiness and pathos exactly right.” Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema

“Dean Linnard screams dorkiness as the fast-talking dynamo insurance salesman Ned Ryerson … [and] delivers a poignant and well sung solo.” Victor Cordell, Berkshire Fine Arts

“To Phil’s evident sorrow, he … runs into an overly effervescent insurance salesman named Ned Ryerson (a rib-tickling Dean Linnard) …” Eddie Reynolds, Theatre Eddys

“[A]dding another layer to the story is a perfect move, such as with the songs “Playing Nancy” and “Night Will Come.” The latter in particular deserves its own shoutout; in the role of life insurance agent Ned Ryerson, Dean Linnard’s otherwise perky voice takes on a beautiful and haunting tone as he reminds the audience of its own mortality.” Lauren Sheehan-Clark, The Daily Californian

“Excellent supporting roles are delivered by Sophia Introna as Nancy (“Playing Nancy”) and Dean Linnard as the nerdy but kind Ned Ryerson” Steve Murray, Broadwayworld

“Sophia Introna and Dean Linnard as Nancy and Ned, respectively, vocalize with verve.”  Leslie Katz, San Francisco Examiner

So long, Punxsutawney!



2019 Recap!
January 2, 2020

This year was full of glorious theatrical adventures! First, I returned to Left Edge Theatre to act in the two-hander “Sex with Strangers”. Then, I spent the Summer appearing in two plays at California Shakespeare Theater: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Tyne Rafaeli, and “The Good Person of Szechwan” directed by Cal Shakes’ Artistic Director Eric Ting. “Good Person …” was subsequently named by Bay Area News Group as one of the top plays of 2019, and was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as the #1 play of the year! I rounded out the year appearing in the regional premiere of “Groundhog Day: The Musical” at San Francisco Playhouse.

I feel tremendous gratitude to be making a living as an actor. My heartfelt thanks to all of my creative collaborators and artistic homes from 2019.

Happy New Year!



I Won a Theatre Bay Area Award!
November 8, 2019

I was beyond honored this week to win a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Performance in a Principle Role in a Play for my performance as Jason / Tyron in “Hand to God” at Left Edge Theatre. The entire award ceremony was a joyous and festive evening, and to be recognized for my work in Robert Askins’ brilliant play was icing on the cake.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Additionally, I was recently given an award from the Marquee Theater Journalists Association for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy, also for “Hand to God”. Thank you to all who voted; I’m verklempt.



Groundhog Day!
October 31, 2019

I’m beyond stoked to announce that next up I will be appearing in the regional premiere of “Groundhog Day: the Musical” at San Francisco Playhouse. The musical has a book by the original film’s screenwriter Danny Rubin and a score by the brilliant Tim Minchin. This will be the first production of the show since the original Broadway production. I will be playing Ned Ryerson (“Needlenose Ned! Ned the Head!”) and understudying the Bill Murray role of Phil Connors. This is gonna be an awesome one, y’all.

All the pretty faces who make up Punxsutawney.


Video
September 23, 2019

Hey World! Ever wonder what it looks like when I act? Click here for a video of me doing some acting. Enjoy!



Award Season! Woot Woot!

I’m truly humbled to announce that I was recently nominated for a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Performance in a Principle Role in a Play for my work in “Hand to God” at Left Edge Theatre! Additionally our production was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Production of a Play. I’m so proud of the whole “Hand to God” team!

In other award news, my performance in “Hand to God” was also just nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy by the Marquee Theater Journalists Association. The association additionally nominated our production for 3 other awards! Our production of “Hand to God” as well as Left Edge Theatre’s production of “Sex with Strangers” (in which I also had the good fortune to appear) were both nominated for Outstanding Comedy Production. I’m honored by all of these nomination; what a joy!



Cal Shakes Summer Recap (and Reviews!)
August 12, 2019

Well folks, it’s been a glorious Summer. I just completed performing in two consecutive shows at the stupendous California Shakespeare Theater in the San Francisco Bay Area. First up was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Tyne Rafaeli:

A “Midsummer” Summer!

Me as teen heartthrob Lysander, opposite the legendary Jenny Nelson as Hermia.

“Dean Linnard as Lysander charms while looking like the lead for a disaffected ’90s garage band, and it’s too bad the part isn’t bigger for him.” Adam Brinklow, EDGE Media Network

“The verve with which Lysander (lithe Dean Linnard) loves Hermia … is palpable.” Michael V. Rodriguez, Theatrius

“[T]he brash energetic thrum of the production is infectious. The physicality of the lovers’ antics feels wonderfully feverish.” Karen D’Souza, The Mercury News

“The entire cast of 10, all playing multiple roles, seamlessly shifts from character to character and nimbly handles their dialogue. Their crisp articulation … make[s] the play’s language surprisingly easy to hear and follow … Jenny Nelson and Dean Linnard turn in particularly sly comic performances … Linnard perfectly calibrates gawkiness and sex appears in his main roles as young lover Lysander (sexy up; gawk muted) and play-actor Flute (full gawk; light, drag-enhanced sexiness).” Jim Gladstone, The Bay Area Reporter

“Dean Linnard’s wildly impassioned Lysander provides a sharp foil [to] his portrayal of a shy and seemingly introverted Flute.” George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape

Me as Flute with the other Mechanicals (I’m the tall one)

Next up, I had the tremendous good fortune to act in Tony Kushner’s translation of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan”, directed by Cal Shakes artistic director Eric Ting:

A Good Time Was Had By All
The full cast of “The Good Person of Szechwan”

“[A] well-chosen cast … of various ethnicities play multiple clearly distinctive roles apiece, crisscrossing genders to great effect … In a sterling cast of a dozen, it’s unfair to single out anyone, but tall, skinny Dean Linnard as a policeman and Phil Wong as a rotund barber … are especially funny.” Jean Schiffman, San Francisco Examiner

“The talented Cal Shakes cast shows off its versatility in this production, with each performer taking on multiple roles within the hard-luck world of Szechwan … It is a rare and wonderful treat to witness a production in which each ensemble member could have had a one-person show … Dean Linnard’s policeman is hilarious in his overly clipped and abrupt way of speaking … [T]he audience is allowed strikingly easy access to Brecht’s often abstract and heavily intellectual language and beliefs. Cal Shakes’ all-star cast members demonstrate stunning mastery over the inner life of their characters.” Daryanna Lancet, The Daily Californian

“Ting has assembled a star-studded creative team. The cast includes Bay Area favorites playing multiple roles: … Dean Linnard is hilarious as the earnest but bumbling policeman.” Elaine Elinson, 48 Hills

“Eric Ting’s vision of Brecht’s 1943 play … is fully, lovingly thought through and impeccably realized … [T]his play and this production define how morality gets set … with uncommon clarity, with boundless compassion, with fearless artistry. It makes you want to make yourself and the world better, and believe that perhaps you can and know that you must.” Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

Me as the Policeman in front of the giant “D” of our GOOD set.
Me up inside the giant “O” of our GOOD set
Have I mentioned that I’m obsessed with our set? Designed by Michael Locher and lit by Jiyoun Chang

I cannot express how lucky I feel to have spent the last few months at Cal Shakes working on these two plays. It has been an extraordinary experience for which I am profoundly grateful.

The brilliant family of artists behind Cal Shakes’ “The Good Person of Szechwan”


“Good Person” Extends!
July 16, 2019

Very excited to announce that my current show, “The Good Person of Szechwan”, is extending! We will now have an extra week of shows here at California Shakespeare Theater. Tickets are now available through July 28th and can be purchased here. I couldn’t be happier to be performing at this exquisite theater with a beautiful community of artists.

Our exciting announcement!

Our gorgeous set designed by Michael Locher, lit by the brilliant Jiyoun Chang, with costumes designed by Ulises Alcala.



“Midsummer” and “Good Person” at Cal Shakes
June 23, 2019

I am spending a joyful Summer at California Shakespeare Theater. Last week was the last performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Tyne Rafaeli:

Our beautiful “Midsummer” set on a foggy performance night. Scenic design by Nina Ball, costume design by Ásta Bennie Hostetter, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang.

We are currently deep in rehearsals for “The Good Person of Szechwan” directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting:

The “Good Person” hard at work rehearsing a musical number. I’m the tall one.

“Good Person” opens next week. Stay tuned for more!



A Summer at Cal Shakes!
April 22, 2019

I am overjoyed to announce that I will be spending this Summer with the good folks at California Shakespeare Theater, acting in two shows: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Tyne Rafaeli, and “The Good Person of Szechwan” directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director (and Obie Award Winner!) Eric Ting. I have been seeing shows at Cal Shakes for many years and am a great fan of their work; I am so honored to be joining their team this season! Tickets and information available here.



“Sex with Strangers” Reviews
February 20, 2019


Here is what the critics had to say about my performance as Ethan in Left Edge Theatre’s production of the play “Sex with Strangers” opposite the brilliant Sandra Ish:




“Linnard’s Ethan is irresistibly charming. His coarse manners and frank confidence are at once repulsive and magnetic … Linnard and Ish hit it out of the park … “Sex with Strangers” is a steamy, entertaining story of laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of food for serious thought”


Nicole Singley, Aisle Seat Review




“A play with only two actors depends greatly on the abilities of its performers, and Ish and Linnard are nimble, proficient and interesting to watch, excellent and seasoned professionals.”



Jeanie K. Smith, Talkin’ Broadway





“Sex with Strangers” Extends!
February 15, 2019


My current play, “Sex with Strangers” at Left Edge Theatre, has extended! Click here for information on tickets.



“Sex with Strangers”
January 16, 2019


I’m thrilled to announce that next up I will be playing Ethan in Laura Eason’s play “Sex with Strangers”. I will be returning to Left Edge Theatre in California, with whom I have previously appeared in “Bad Jews” and “Hand to God”. We run January 25th through February 17th and tickets and more information can be found here.



“Hand to God” Reviews
November 20, 2018

 

Howdy, Internet!

 

 

 

The reviews are in! I had the good fortune to play Jason / Tyrone in the play “Hand to God” at Left Edge Theatre in California. Here’s what the critics had to say:

 

 

 

“Robert Askins’ madly funny and irreverent play Hand to God gets a terrific airing with a strong cast at Left Edge Theatre, featuring a mind-blowing tour de force performance by Dean Linnard as the teen and his demonic alter-ego … [Linnard’s] expert handling of the puppet, the expressions he gets from that sock mouth, the way he converses with Tyrone, is all stunning, virtually impossible to think of man and puppet as one person. Brilliantly done, Linnard’s performance deserves some special award for a demonstration of weird puppetry.”

 

Jeanie K. Smith, Talkin’ Broadway

 

 

 

“Linnard’s performance is nothing short of brilliant. His uncanny ability to switch so convincingly between two diametrically opposed characters at lightning speed – all while effectively maneuvering his right-hand companion – makes it a little too easy to forgot Tyrone is really just a puppet.”

 

Nicole Singley, Aisle Seat Review

 

 

 

“Tyrone is the real star of this play, lashing out at accepted norms, and ruthlessly swearing his way past veiled lies, with button eyes glaring at his victims. It does not take long to accept him as a separate character, due to the talent of Dean Linnard, who is essentially portraying two people simultaneously – an irate puppet and nervous teenage boy enable to articulate his feelings.”

 

Alexa Chipman, Sonoma County Gazette

 

 

 

“Linnard, a trained puppeteer, really puts his skills to work here and his ability to play two distinct characters/forces simultaneously is a joy to watch.”

 

Harry Duke, North Bay Stage and Screen

 

 

 

And for a special bonus, click here to listen to a radio interview (featuring my great fellow actor Carl Kraines and yours truly) about “Hand to God”.

 

 



“Hand to God” in California!
September 24, 2018

 

I am beyond excited to announce that I am currently in rehearsals for the play “Hand to God” at Left Edge Theatre in California. I am playing Jason / Tyrone in Robert Askins’ brilliant dark comedy. I am so pumped to get to chew on this delicious material, and for the opportunity to return to Left Edge where I played Liam in “Bad Jews” two years ago. Tickets for “Hand to God” are now on sale! Click here for tix and more information. We run October 19th – November 11th.



A Note Regarding the Barrow Street Theatre
August 27, 2018

 

Greetings, Internet!

 

 

For the past 6 years I have had the immense good fortune to work at the Barrow Street Theatre, a wonderful Off-Broadway space in the West Village. Alas, due to us losing our lease, yesterday was the theater’s last day of operations.

 

 

I cannot accurately articulate how much the Barrow Street Theatre has meant to me. Under the inspired leadership of producers Scott Morfee and Tom Whirtshafter, many incredible plays have passed through our doors. I have had the privilege of working at Barrow Street during the runs of the American premiere of Nina Raine’s “Tribes”, the original production of Jonathan Tolins “Buyer and Cellar”, the extended commercial run of Annie Baker’s “The Flick”, the American premieres of “Every Brilliant Thing” and “The Effect”, as well as the immersive, pie-shop-set production of “Sweeney Todd”.

 

 

Barrow Street has been a home to me, its staff has been a family, and the multitude of visiting artists have been a continual source of inspiration. I shall miss the Barrow Street Theatre terribly, but I find solace in countless memories of good theater done well within those walls. Thanks to the whole Barrow Street gang for everything; it’s been a wonderful ride.

 



“Taming” News
August 14, 2018

 

Good to see ya, Internet!

 

 

I just finished playing Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew” with Vermont Shakespeare Festival. Here are some reviews, and then some videos!

 

 

 

“Dean Linnard … proved a brilliant and imaginative comic actor, mixing outrageous braggadocio with a touch of the pathetic.”

 

Jim Lowe, Times Argus

 

 

 

“Dean Linnard, as Petruchio, carves ideas out of air and makes the words ring with dazzling clarity. He unlocks Shakespeare’s language with bold movement that is riveting in its economy. Whether landing a joke or stewing as the butt of one, Linnard lifts every scene with his energy. And his Petruchio is a master of manspreading.”

 

Alex Brown, Seven Days

 

 

 

In addition, click here for a wonderful video profile of our production featuring interviews with the cast and crew as well as some show footage.

 

 

Click here to see me perform the Wooing Scene on the Burlington, Vermont evening news!

 

 

And if you’re in the mood for something wacky, click here for a “Taming”-infused music video created with my brilliant friends and castmates Lauren Pisano and Nick Piacente.

 



Summer News
June 12, 2018

 

Happy Summer, Internet!

 

 

I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to Vermont Shakespeare Festival this Summer (for my fifth season!) to play Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew”. We perform in several locations, including the beautiful Shelburne Museum and the brand new Highland Center for the Arts. More information and tickets can be found here. It promises to be a challenging and topical adventure.

 



Spring News
April 25, 2018

 

Happy Spring, Internet!

 

 

I was overjoyed to recently return to Luna Stage in New Jersey, this time to perform in a staged reading of Sherry MacDonald’s play “The Stone Face” directed by Nancy Robillard. I got to play a young Buster Keaton! The play chronicles the true story of the tumultuous relationship between Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett.

 

 



Winter News
March 15, 2018

 

Happy Winter, Internet!

 

 

I recently traveled to Vermont to play Hamlet in Vermont Shakespeare Festival’s reading of “Wittenberg” by David Davoles.

 

 

Additionally, Marin Shakespeare Company’s 2017 production of “The Three Musketeers”, in which I played Aramis, was just nominated for several Bay Area Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production!

 



Fall News
November 12, 2017

 

Happy Autumn, Internet!

 

 

I am honored to announce that I recently won a Theatre Bay Area Award! The award was for Outstanding Male Actor in a Principle Role in a Play and was in recognition of my performance as Liam in the play “Bad Jews” at Left Edge Theatre in California. The entire show also won Outstanding Production!

 

 

Additionally, our director Phoebe Moyer was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play, my fellow actors Emily Kron and Brady Morales-Woolery were nominated for their performances, and we were all nominated for Outstanding Ensemble.

 

 

It feels wonderful to be recognized for “Bad Jews”: such a fantastic and challenging play. The entire process was a joy and I share the award with all the other incredible artists involved in the production. My sincerest thanks to Theatre Bay Area!

 

 

 



Summer News
September 8, 2017

 

Blessing be upon you, Internet!

 

 

I’m currently acting in “The Three Musketeers” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost” with Marin Shakespeare Company. We still have a few more weeks of shows. All the information can be found here.

 

 

 



Spring News
June 3, 2017

 

Pleasure to make your acquaintance, Internet!

 

 

I am overjoyed to announce that I will be returning to Marin Shakespeare Company in California this Summer, with whom I worked last season. This time around I will be playing Aramis in “The Three Musketeers” and King Ferdinand in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. The shows perform in July, August, and September and tickets are available now by clicking here!

 

 



February News
February 3, 2017

 

Good to see you, Internet!

 

 

I’ve just completed teaching a series of classes for Marin Shakespeare Company’s Education Department. It was my great privilege to be able to work with young artists again. Click here for more information about the program.

 

 



January News
January 15, 2017

 

It’s a new year, Internet!

 

 

In honor of the start of 2017 I have a new resume and brand new headshots for all y’all! Check out the Resume and Photos pages to see all the cool new stuff (plus a bunch of pictures from productions I’ve been in).

 



2016 Recap
January 1, 2017

 

It’s That Time Again, Internet!

 

 

Another year has come and gone. This year my theatrical adventures took me to California twice: I played Duke Orsino in Marin Shakespeare Company’s production of “Twelfth Night” and played Liam in Left Edge Theatre’s production of Joshua Harmon’s brilliant play “Bad Jews”.

 

 

Our production of “Thrill Me” from 2015 was nominated for 7 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for yours truly. The show was additionally named one of the Top Shows of the Year by both the Star Ledger and New Jersey Footlights.

 

 

I had the good fortune to participate in readings for several new musicals, and was invited back to Luna Stage to act in their Short Play Festival.

 

 

I also continued to lead workshops for Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom, and taught Shakespeare to young people through Marin Shakespeare’s Education Department.

 

 

All in all it has been a challenging, dynamic, and adventurous year. I am forever grateful to be making my living in the arts, and my heartfelt appreciation goes out to LaMama, Luna Stage, Marin Shakespeare Company, Broadway.com, Left Edge Theatre, and the Barrow Street Theatre for being my artist homes in 2016. May we all find fulfillment and enrichment in 2017.

 

 

Happy New Year!

 



December News
December 15, 2016

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Internet!

 

 

I recently completed a run of the play “Bad Jews” at Left Edge Theatre in California. It was my great privilege to play Liam with an absolutely stellar ensemble of actors: Emily Kron, Brady Morales-Woolery, and Katee Drysdale. The audience response to our production was humbling; we ended up selling out every performance of our run. My heartfelt thanks to the entire Left Edge family. What a joyous way to finish off 2016!

 

 

Click here for a great profile of our production in J-Weekly.

 

 



November News
November 25, 2016

 

I’ve Grateful for You, Internet!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving! I am very grateful to currently be appearing as Liam in the play “Bad Jews” with Left Edge Theatre here in California. We have two more weeks of performance so if you’re in the area come on down and check us out!

 

 

In other news, I was recently nominated for a 2016 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Award. I’m up for Best Actor in a Musical for my performance as Richard Loeb in “Thrill Me” at Luna Stage. Our production was nominated for a bunch of other awards as well:

 

Cheryl Katz (best direction of a musical)
Joe Bigelow (best actor in a musical)
Deborah Caney (best costume design)
Jorge Arroyo (best lighting design)
Brian Dudkiewicz (best set design)
and Best Musical
I am so very proud of our production of “Thrill Me” last year and am honored to be recognized among these other incredible artists. More information about the awards and voting can be found here.


October News
October 25, 2016

 

Benedictions Unto Thee, Internet!

 

 

I’m very excited to announce that next month I will be journeying back to California to play Liam in Left Edge Theatre’s production of the play “Bad Jews”. Joshua Harmon’s play is one of my absolute favorites and I am overjoyed that I get to dive into it soon. Tickets and more information can be found here.

 

 



September News
September 25, 2016

 

Hi Simply Hi, Internet!

 

 

I am now back in New York, once again leading acting workshops for the fine folks at Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom Series.

 

 



August News
August 25, 2016

 

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor, Internet!

 

 

I recently completed a run of “Twelfth Night” with Marin Shakespeare Company in California. Truly had a wonderful time with that talented company. Now on to the next adventure!

 



July News
July 30, 2016

 

Bienvenidos, Internet!

 

 

Yesterday was Opening Night for “Twelfth Night” at Marin Shakespeare Company. You have until August 21st to see me as the lovesick Duke Orsino in this wonderful play!

 

 



June News
June 30, 2016

 

Yo yo yo, Internet!

 

 

Just started rehearsals for “Twelfth Night” at Marin Shakespeare Company in California. Click here for tickets and info.

 



May News
May 14, 2016

 

If music be the food of love play on, Internet!

 

 

It is with great excitement that I announce that I will be playing Orsino this Summer in “Twelfth Night” with Marin Shakespeare Company in my home state of California. Performances are outside at the beautiful Forest Meadows Amphitheater July 22nd through August 21st. Tickets are on sale now! For more information please click here.

 

 



April News
April 26, 2016

 

The Future is Now, Internet!

 

 

I am taking part in two readings in the coming weeks. First I’ll be reading the role of Whitey in Argia Coppola’s “Love is Blonde”. I had the good fortune to participate in a developmental workshop of the play two years ago and look forward to exploring this new version.

 

 

Then I will be returning to Luna Stage in New Jersey, where I did “Thrill Me” last year, to play none other than Edgard Allan Poe in Allyssa Hynes “The Locked Room Mystery”. This will be part of Luna Stage’s Short Play Festival. More information about the event can be found here.

 



March News
March 3, 2016

 

A Thousand Blessings Upon Thee, Internet!

 

 

I recently played the part of Towson in a reading of a new musical by Dana Boll at LaMama. I was in Dana’s play “Bella’s Dream” in 2013 and it was a joy to reconnect.

 

 

 



February News
February 10, 2016

 

What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s Happening, Internet!

 

 

I recently took part in another reading of the musical “The Chain” by Alison Luterman and Loren Linnard. I participated in a developmental reading of the piece a few years ago and it was wonderful to revisit the piece and the role of Nick.

 

 



January News
January 10, 2016

 

Read All About It, Internet!

 

 

 

The reviews are in for my latest project, “Thrill Me”. I played Richard Loeb opposite Joe Bigelow’s Nathan Leopold in Stephen Dolginoff’s two-man musical at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. Here’s what the press had to say:

 

 

 

“Both Linnard and Bigelow are expertly subtle, betraying just enough to make their characters’ emotions clear without losing their composure.”

 

Patrick Maley, The Star Ledger

 

 

 

“Linnard has a burning intensity, with the thrum of high tension wires lurking just below human hearing … When Leopold sings his love songs, and he and Loeb harmonize, it’s sheer delight … Bigelow and Linnard provide a very real-feeling potential history.”

 

Sherri Rase, Q Onstage

 

 

 

“Director Cheryl Katz guides the two talented young actors, Joe Bigelow as Leopold and Dean Linnard as Loeb, through moment-to-moment truthful performances.”

 

NorthJersey.com

 

 

 

“Joe Bigelow … and Dean Linnard … take us on a rollercoaster ride of wild emotion, unrelieved yearning and mind boggling thrill-seeking over the course of 90 intermissionless minutes … Both sing beautifully; their close harmonizing reminds us of their relationship (obsession) and reinforces the play’s idea that evil sometimes lurks in beauty … Linnard’s Loeb has a maniacal glint in his eye; his calculated charm, smirks and overt narcissism are malevolent, but Dolginoff’s lyrics give him some room for dark humor, which he delivers with understatement.”

 

Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

 

 

 

“[T]he most exciting, gripping and intensely entertaining production of the season.”

 

The Bergan County Record Newspaper

 

 

 

Our production of “Thrill Me” was also named as one of The 7 Best New Jersey Theater Productions in 2015 by the Star Ledger, and one of The Best Shows of the 2015 NJ Theater Season by New Jersey Footlights.

 

 

 

 



2015 Recap
January 1, 2016

 

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Internet!

 

 

One year is ending and another is about to begin! My 2015 was dominated by three large theatrical projects: In the Spring I played a cavalcade of male authority figures (and a few female ones) in Theatreworks USA’s musical “The Lightning Thief”. The six month tour took me to 25 states, from Minnesota to Louisiana, from New Hampshire to Florida.

 

 

Then over the Summer I returned to Vermont Shakespeare Company to play Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”. It was a great honor to return to the company for my fourth consecutive year, and to play such a wonderful part in such a glorious setting.

 

 

And finally I played Richard Loeb in the two-person musical “Thrill Me” at Luna Stage in New Jersey, which the Star Ledger recently named as one of the Top 7 Theater Productions of the Year. Additionally I performed in several events related to “Thrill Me”: I sang at the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Annual Gala as well as New York Theater Barn’s Annual Holiday Concert.

 

 

Through it all I have continued to be a teaching artist for Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom, leading workshops with visiting school groups on a variety of theater topics.

 

 

It has been a wild whirlwind of a year. I have so many things to be thankful for, especially all the exceptional artists I have had the privilege to collaborate with in 2015. Their work inspires and motivates me. Special thanks to Theatreworks USA, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Luna Stage, Broadway.com, and the Barrow Street Theatre for being my artistic homes this year.

 

 

Wishing everyone a joyous and fulfilling 2016!

 

 

 



Extra! Extra! Extra!
December 16, 2015

 

This Just In, Internet!

 

 

The entire remainder of the run of “Thrill Me” is sold out, so an additional matinee has been added for Saturday, December 19th. Last chance to catch me in this killer musical! More information can be found here.

 



December News
December 12, 2015

 

Brrrrrrrrrr, Internet!

 

 

I am currently playing Richard Loeb in the musical “Thrill Me” at Luna Stage. We run through December 20th and tickets can be found here. Also, on Monday December 14th I will be performing a song from “Thrill Me” as part of New York’s Theatre Barn’s New Works Series Holiday Concert! More information on that event can be found here.

 

 

Happy Hanukkah!

 

 



November News
November 26, 2015

 

It’s Turkey Lurkey Time, Internet!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today I have a great many things to be thankful for. I am currently in rehearsals for the two-person musical “Thrill Me” at Luna Stage. I am playing Richard Loeb opposite the brilliant Joe Bigelow as Nathan Leopold. The show is directed by Luna Stage’s artistic director Cheryl Katz with musical direction by Andy Peterson. We open next week and run through December 20th. I am extremely proud of this show and hope y’all can come see it!

 

 

Tickets and more info can be found here.

 

 



October News
October 22, 2015

 

Boo, Internet!

 

 

I am very excited to announce that I have been cast in “Thrill Me” at Luna Stage. “Thrill Me” is a two-person musical based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder in Chicago. Performances begin December 3rd and tickets are on sale now! For more information, please click here.

 

 



September News
September 3, 2015

Guten Tag, Internet!

I recently completed my fourth season with Vermont Shakespeare Company. It was a complete joy to play Mercutio in their summer production of “Romeo and Juliet”.



August News
August 17, 2015

Coming Right At You, Internet!

The reviews are in! Here’s what the press had to say about my performance as Mercutio in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”:

“[T]he show brings out the bawdy humor of its source material and even adds some well-placed winks of its own. It also showcases some excellent physical comedy, especially from Dean Linnard as a giddily crude Mercutio.” Rachel Dunphy, Shelburne News

“In addition to the leads, the large cast has several standouts. Kody Grassett, as Tybalt, is a fierce foil to Dean Linnard’s Mercutio. Linnard can fight, leap and bestow a bawdy gesture with glorious ease. His Queen Mab speech is hilarious, as he seems to fetch each new, improbable image out of the air to try it on Romeo.” Alex Brown, Seven Days



July News
July 16, 2015

 

God Bless America, Internet!

 

 

I am currently in rehearsals for “Romeo and Juliet” with Vermont Shakespeare Company. I am playing Mercutio and we perform the first three weeks of August at Knight Point State Park in North Hero, the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, and at the Royall Tyler Theatre at the University of Vermont.

 

 

Tickets are available by clicking here.

 

 

Also, please watch our season promo video here!

 

 



June News
June 29, 2015

 

Looking Good, Internet!

 

 

I recently completed my six month tour of TheatreworksUSA’s musical “The Lightning Thief”. We had over 130 performances in 25 states! It was a grand adventure. My sincere thanks to everyone involved.

 



May News
May 10, 2015

 

Happy Mother’s Day, Internet!

 

 

I am very excited to announce that I will be playing Mercutio in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” this summer. This will be my fourth consecutive summer season with Vermont Shakespeare Company and I couldn’t be more happy to be returning.

 

 

For more information please click here.

 



April News
April 2, 2015

 

Mazel Tov, Internet!

 

 

Just wanted to send a big congratulations to the cast and crew of the original Off-Broadway production of “The Lightning Thief”, which was nominated today for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. I am honored to currently be touring this show around the country.

 



March News
March 14, 2015

 

Nice to Meet You, Internet!

 

 

Greetings from Chicago. I am on the road with Theatreworks/USA’s musical “The Lightning Thief”. The show was directed by Nick Saldivar, our choreographer was Chloe Treat, our fight director was Turner Smith, and our music director was Rob Rokicki (also the show’s composer). For more information about the show and its creators, please click here.

 



February News
February 19, 2015

 

Bienvenue, Internet!

 

 

I am writing to you from the road. I am currently on tour with Theatreworks/USA’s musical “The Lightning Thief”. I play an assortment of gods, monsters, and imposing authority figures including Hades, Poseidon, and a very angry cyclops. We will be visiting 23 states in the coming months! To see if we are visiting a town near you please click here.

 

 

 

 

 



January News
January 14, 2015

 

Good Fortune, Internet!

 

 

I am very excited to announce that I am currently in rehearsal for “The Lightning Thief”, a rock musical that will be touring through the country this year through Theatreworks/USA. The show is based on the novel by Rick Riordan (the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series), with a book by Joe Tracz and music and lyrics by the brilliant Rob Rokicki.

 

 

For more information about “The Lightning Thief” please click here.

 

 



2014 Recap
January 1, 2015

 

A Very Happy Near Year, Internet!

 

 

Another year has come and gone. As we enter 2015, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many wondrous dramatic adventures I have been privileged to be a part of in the past twelve months. My solo theater piece, Hamlet: A One Man Show was produced in two different states. I toured “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. I returned to Vermont Shakespeare Company for the third consecutive Summer. And I had the great fortune this Fall to collaborate with two fantastic international arts organizations: The Old Vic Theatre in London for a week of Classical Acting Masterclasses, and the Guggenheim Museum for Wang Jianwei’s multimedia art installation “Time Temple”.

 

 

I am so very grateful for all of these wonderful and diverse opportunities.

 

 

My love and thanks to Museum Hack, the Barrow Street Theatre, the TRUF, the Chain Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Central Works Theater, Vermont Shakespeare Company, the Last Days of Folly Festival, the Old Vic, and the Guggenheim Museum for being my artistic homes in 2014.

 

 

I look forward to the challenges and surprises of 2015.

 

 



December News
December 2, 2014

 

Gobble Gobble, Internet!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

I recently took part in an industry reading of a new play by Argia Coppola.

 

 

I am also once again teaching workshops for Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom Series. Topics include “Broadway 101” and “Acting Shakespeare”. For more information on the workshops, please click here.

 

 



November News
November 1, 2014

 

Trick or Treat, Internet!

 

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Last week I got to participate in a unique multimedia performance event at the Guggenheim Museum here in New York City. I was an orator in “Spiral Ramp Library”, the performance component of a new exhibition called “Time Temple” by renowned Chinese artist Wang Jianwei. It was exhilarating to perform in Frank Lloyd Wright’s beautiful rotunda, and a true pleasure to work with the genius Wang Jianwei and the Guggenheim staff.

 

 

Click here for a video about the creation and performance of this piece, which will now be a part of the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection.

 



October News
October 15, 2014

 

You’re Looking Good, Internet!

 

 

I recently had the good fortune to be selected to take part in Bloomingdale’s Classics Week. Last week I was a student in a week of masterclasses put on by the Old Vic Theatre from London as part of its Old Vic New Voices program. Since the Old Vic is currently presenting “Electra”, all the classes were concentrated on the Greek and Roman canon and the unique challenges of acting those classical texts. We had the great fortune to work with the brilliant (and triple Olivier award-winning) actress Clare Higgins, who is currently appearing in “A Delicate Balance” on Broadway, as well as the fantastic director Ian Rickson, who is currently directing Jez Butterworth’s “The River” on Broadway. It was a spectacular, inspiring educational experience. My deepest thanks to the teachers and the Old Vic staff for making it possible.

 

 



September News
September 10, 2014

 

Nice to meet you, Internet!

 

 

After eight months of performing Shakespeare, I had a complete and wonderful departure last week when I performed in an experimental art installation in Madison Square Park here in New York City. I was part of a moving sculpture created by the brilliant Molly Lowe, with whom I collaborated last year on “Hands Off”. This new piece was part of Rachel Feinstein’s “The Last Days of Folly”, a whimsical festival of outdoor performance, music, and dance (which featured many other awesome visual and performing artists, including Sofia Coppola).

 

 



August News
August 20, 2014

 

How’ve you been, Internet?

 

 

 

I just finished playing Demetrius in Vermont Shakespeare Company‘s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. We performed the show in three different venues, both indoors and outdoors, throughout Vermont. This season had the highest audience attendance in the company’s history and it has been my great honor to watch Vermont Shakespeare grow and evolve over the three years I’ve worked with them.

 

 

 

This year I also had the good fortune to work with Vermont Shakespeare Company’s fantastic Intern Team, teaching a Voice and Speech workshop as well as co-teaching a Business of Acting class.

 

 

 

The reviews are in! Here’s what the local papers had to say about our show:

 

 

 

“Directed by Jena Necrason, co-founder of the Vermont Shakespeare Company, this take on the play keeps the goofiness firmly intact but also lets the skilled cast show its deeper dramatic side.”

 

Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press

 

 

 

“With limber movement and mobile facial expressions, Dean Linnard finds comic riches in Demetrius, conveying the righteous romanticism and boiling-point frustration of a lover.”

 

Alex Brown, Seven Days

 

 

 

It was a complete joy to work again with so many delightful friends and artists. Thanks and love to everyone involved with putting on the show, and to everyone who came out to see us in North Hero, Shelburne, and Burlington.

 

 

 



July News
July 22, 2014

 

Joy and Happiness to Thee, Internet!

 

 

I am writing from beautiful Burlington, Vermont where I am currently deep in rehearsals for Vermont Shakespeare Company’s Summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. I am playing Demetrius in a cast of 19 (!) and we are performing at three different locations in Vermont: Knight Point State Park in North Hero, The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, and the Royall Tyler Theatre at the University of Vermont in Burlington. I am truly delighted to be working with this fantastic company for the third consecutive Summer. Tickets and more information can be found here.

 

 

Also, I couldn’t help but notice that my theatrical endeavors this year are falling into an interesting pattern: In January I performed in “Hamlet: A One Man Show” at the Chain Theatre in New York. Then I did “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for six months with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare Live! tour followed by “Hamlet: A One Man Show” again at the Central Works Theatre in California. And now I am doing “Midsummer” once again. So this year has been “Hamlet”, “Midsummer”, “Hamlet”, Midsummer”.

 

 

Curious … and wonderful.

 

 



June News
June 23, 2014

 

Long Time No See, Internet!

 

 

It’s a time of beginnings and endings. Two weeks ago I finished my six month tour with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare LIVE! program. I played Bottom in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that performed in 70 different elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, libraries, senior centers, and community centers. Our tour reached more than 20,000 audience members over five states. In the end we traveled over 7,300 miles! It was an extraordinary experience, challenging and rewarding in equal measure. I would like to thank artistic director Bonnie J. Monte, director of education Brian B. Crowe, and especially our tireless tour manager Jackie Mariani for making the last six months such a joy.

 

 

Yesterday I had the great pleasure to take part in a reading of a new musical called “Link in a Chain” written by Alison Luterman and Loren Linnard.

 

 

And this Thursday, “Hamlet: A One-Man Show” is being produced for the forth time. It will be presented at the Central Works Theater in the Berkeley City Club in Berkeley, California. The Berkeley City Club is a gorgeous, 85 year-old building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan. It is truly an extraordinary opportunity to be able to perform “Hamlet” is an actual castle! It also makes me very happy to return this particular production to the San Francisco Bay Area, where it originated two and a half years ago. The one-night-only event is already sold out, but there will be a waitlist. For more information, please click here.

 

 

And finally, tickets are now on sale for Vermont Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in which I will be playing Demetrius. The show goes up in multiple locations in Vermont in August. More info is here.

 

 



May News – Special Summer Triple News Extravaganza!
May 4, 2014

 

May The Force Be With You, Internet!

 

 

I’m very excited to finally be able to share my Summer plans for 2014. I will be participating in three different theatrical projects in the months to come.

 

 

First off, in June I will be taking part in a reading of a new musical by Alison Luterman and Loren Linnard. Alison Luterman is a playwright, essayist, and poet whose third book of poetry, “Desire Zoo”, was recently published by Tia Chucha Press. Loren Linnard is an accomplished musician and composer, whose previous compositions include the scores to several musicals and the opera “Least of My Children”. I can’t wait to workshop their new piece.

 

 

Also in June, “Hamlet” returns! My solo show adaptation of “Hamlet” is being produced again, this time for one night only at the Central Works Theater in the historic Berkeley City Club in California. This is the forth time “Hamlet: A One Man Show” has been produced, and the second time this year. I feel overjoyed to be bringing “Hamlet” back to California, where it was originally developed two years ago.

 

 

And finally, in July I will be returning to Vermont Shakespeare Company for the third consecutive year, this time to play Demetrius in their Summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. I have previously appeared in “The Tempest” and “A Winter’s Tale” with this fantastic company, and I am so thrilled to be returning to Burlington and to work once more with all of their wonderful artists.

 

 

It promises to be a Summer of adventures and excitement!

 



April News
April 10, 2014

 

Ill Met By Moonlight, Internet!

 

 

I am reporting to you once again from the beautiful town of Madison, New Jersey where I am working with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. I am a member of their education touring company, Shakespeare LIVE! The program has reached more than half a million students since it was founded in 1997 and I am proud to continue its legacy.

 

 

I have also recently begun leading workshops for the Shakespeare Theatre, helping to introduce young people to Shakespeare’s language in a dynamic and physical way.

 

 

We have another public performance coming up at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s gorgeous home, the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed there on Saturday April 12th at noon. Tickets are available at the Shakespeare Theatre’s website.

 

 

 



March News
March 2, 2014

 

We Meet Again, Internet!

 

 

Greetings from Madison, New Jersey. I am currently on tour with Shakespeare LIVE!, the educational touring company of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. We are bringing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Julius Caesar” to upwards of a hundred schools and community centers over the next few months.

 

 

We have public performances of both Shakespeare shows this coming Saturday (March 8th) at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre here in Madison. For ticket information, please click here.

 

 

For more informaiton about Shakespeare LIVE!, including photos and cast bios, please click here.

 

 



February News
February 2, 2014

 

Lend Me Your Ears, Internet!

 

 

It is with great joy that I write to you from the beautiful town of Madison where I am currently working for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. I am an actor in their Shakespeare LIVE! educational touring company. We are presently deep in rehearsals for two Shakespeare plays that we will tour to schools in rep throughout the Spring. I am playing Bottom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and I am the male swing for “Julius Caesar”, covering Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Caesar, et al.

 

 

“Midsummer” is being directed by the brilliant Brian B. Crowe, Director of Education for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. “Julius Caesar” is being directed by Anthony Cochrane, who as an actor has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in “War Horse” and “The Coast of Utopia” at Lincoln Center. Both “Midsummer” and “Julius Caesar” feature the same team of ten hardworking actors. I am truly honored to be among this talented group of actors, directors, and designers. And it is a distinct privilege to be working for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

 

 

For more information on the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, please click here. And for more info on Shakespeare LIVE! and the theater’s other educational programs, please click here.

 

 



January News
January 12, 2014

 

Buenos Dias, Internet!

 

 

I just completed another run of my solo adaptation of “Hamlet”. We had three performances of “Hamlet: A One-Man Show” at the beautiful Chain Theatre in Long Island City. This is the third time I have presented this piece in the last two years and each time I feel the piece getting deeper and richer. Special thanks to the TRUF for hosing me and to all those who came out to see it!
More info on “Hamlet: A One-Man Show” can be found here.


2013 Recap
January 1, 2014

 

Happy 2014, Internet!

 

 

As we begin a new year, I have been thinking a lot about all of my theatrical experiences in 2013. I feel extraordinarily lucky to be making a living in the theater and I am so grateful to be part of such a loving and supportive community of artists.

 

 

In January I had the good fortune to play the lead in the world premiere of Quincy Long’s “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse in Oregon. This past Summer I returned to Vermont Shakespeare Company to play Autolycus (and the bear!) in their outdoor production of “The Winter’s Tale”. This Fall I became a teaching artist with Broadway.com, leading theater workshops for visiting school groups as part of their Broadway Classroom series. And I started performing in art galleries as an adaptive storyteller for Museum Hack, bringing pieces of art to life in unique and theatrical ways.

 

 

This year the press has called my performances “utterly fascinating” (The Oregonian), “mesmerizing” (Willamette Week), “hypnotic” (portland theatre scene), “expressive” and “engaging” (both Seven Days), “marvelous” and my favorite, “rubbery” (both Burlington Free Press).

 

 

A huge, heartfelt thanks to Portland Playhouse, the Barrow Street Theatre, Sundog Theatre, Going to Tahiti Productions, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Broadway.com, Performa 13, Museum Hack, and the TRUF for being my artistic homes in 2013. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that this new year will bring.

 

 

May everyone’s 2014 be filled with love, warmth, and art.

 

 



December News – Hamlet Returns!
December 25, 2013

 

Happy Holidays, Internet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exciting Times, Everyone! I am very happy to announce that my one-man show adaptation of “Hamlet” is being produced again, and just in time for the new year!

 

 

“Hamlet: A One-Man Show” will be produced by The TRUF at the Chain Theatre in Long Island City for three performances only:  Thursday January 9th, Friday January 10th, and Saturday January 11th. All performances are at 8:00Pm. More information can be found at The TRUF’s website.

 

 

Please see the invite below for directions and ticket information. I hope y’all can make it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



November News
November 28, 2013

 

Happy Thanksgivukkah, Internet!

 

 

 

I recently completed a sold out run of “Hands Off”, an original performance art piece created by Molly Lowe. The performances took place at Temp Art Space as part of Performa 13, co-presented with Recess. A special thanks to my invincible fellow performers, Caterina Nonis and Emily Vetsch, and to Molly Lowe for her crazy-cool vision.

 

 



October News (Special Triple News Addition)
October 22, 2013

 

Happy Halloween, Internet!

 

 

I have three very exciting pieces of news to share!

 

 

First off, I have been hired as a teaching artist for Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom series. I will be teaching workshops for visiting school groups on a range of theater-related topics. I am deeply honored to be joining Broadway Classroom’s talented and passionate team of professional educators. Click here for more information on the classes offered.

 

 

Nextly, I will be a performer in the experimental movement piece “Hands Off” next month. Created by the multidisciplinary artist Molly Lowe, “Hands Off” will be presented as part of Performa 13 on November 22nd and 23rd. It promises to be a wild and sensory experience, complete with rotating stages and giant chopsticks. Please click here for more information about the piece and to learn how to get tickets.

 

 

And finally, I am now an official Company Member of Going to Tahiti Productions, a New York based theater company with whom I performed in “Bella’s Dream” earlier this year. Be sure to check their website for information about future classes and events.

 

 

It is shaping up to be a busy and productive fall!

 

 

 



September News
September 27, 2013

 

Happy Autumn, Internet!

 

 

In honor of the change of seasons, I decided to share some photographs from shows I have done in the last couple of years. Take a gander!

 

 

 

As Caliban in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s “The Tempest” with the incomparable Collin Smith (photo credit Jan Nagle)

 

 

 

 

 

As Hamlet in Tremor Theater Collective’s “The Rub” at the New Orleans Fringe Festival with Benjamin Otto (L) and Akku Kulhari (R) (photo credit Valerie Pisarello)

 

 

 

As Devon in the world premiere of Quincy Long’s “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse with my wonderful stage mother Sharonlee McLean and Broadway’s Gavin Gregory! (photo credit Brud Giles)

 

 

 

 



August News
August 23, 2013

 

Shalom, Internet!

 

 

 

 

I just returned from my second consecutive summer season with Vermont Shakespeare Company, and as you can see by the above picture by Jan Nagle, it was once again a total joy to work with this amazing group of artists. Playing Autolycus in “The Winter’s Tale” was a beautiful challenge: I got to sing, do lots of physical comedy, and perform Shakespeare outside! A fabulous experience.

 

 

Here is what the reviews had to say about my performance (please click on the links for the full articles):

 

 

 

“The production asks eight cast members to handle a variety of roles, and a couple of those actors whose bit parts add up to a wonderful whole include Molly Pietz Walsh … and the rubbery Dean Linnard, whose marvelous portrayals of criminals and goofballs are matched only by the loveliness of his melancholy singing and chanting that links several scenes in both acts.”

 

Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press

 

 

 

“Dean Linnard shines as Autolycus, a charming thief and scoundrel. He’s faced with a lot of Shakespearean wordplay, but he distills the humor for us with an expressive face and engaging physicality. When [director John] Nagle has him pick a pocket by removing the wallet, followed by the pants, we find ourselves loving the crime.”

 

Alex Brown, Seven Days

 

 

 

And finally, regarding our production at large (also from the Seven Days review):

 

 

 

“Director John Nagle and eight skilled actors find new treasures in The Winter’s Tale, and make its pastiche of somber fairy tale, spit-take comedy and pastoral romance delightfully coherent … Bring a picnic, and bring your kids. If it’s their first taste of Shakespeare, or yours, this production offers an opportunity to be arrested by the intensity of a moment in an imagined world. A child who realizes, for the first time, that this is how theater works will go to sleep that night with marvels in mind.”

 

 

Below is another pic of me as Autolycus (photo by Jan Nagle), next to the beautiful and talented Maggie McDowell rockin’ the uke:

 

 

 

 

 



July News
July 26, 2013

 

Good day, Internet!

 

It is a time of beginnings and endings. Last month saw the end of two shows I was in: “Bella’s Dream” at  the Flamboyan Theater and “Upstanders”, which over the course of three months of performances reached thousands of children in Queens and Staten Island.

 

I am currently deep in rehearsals for “The Winter’s Tale” with Vermont Shakespeare Company. Autolycus is such a fun character and I am loving working with this ridiculously talented group of actors and designers. It is such a joy to return to Vermont Shakes for a second season. We open in less than two weeks in Burlington!

 



June News
June 19, 2013

 

Joy to thee, Internet!

 

 

My current project, the play “Bella’s Dream”, opened last night at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center. The play performs daily through June 30th. For tickets and additional information, please click here.

 

 



May News
May 30, 2013

 

How You Doing, Internet?

 

 

I am happy to announce my Summer plans! In June I will be appearing in the new play “Bella’s Dream” produced by Going to Tahiti Productions at the Flamboyan Theater at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center here in New York City. The play follows the true story of Bella and Raymond who, heeding a dream of Bella’s, flee Poland weeks before the Nazis invaded in 1939. I will be playing five different characters they encounter on their journey. The show runs June 18th through June 30th. For more information and tickets please click here.

 

 

Then in August I will be returning to Vermont Shakespeare Company with whom I played Caliban last Summer in “The Tempest”. This time around I will be playing Autolycus in “The Winter’s Tale”. Performances are August 8th – 11th and 16th – 18th in Burlington, Vermont and August 15th at Knight Point State Park in North Hero, Vermont. More information and tickets can be found here. I am thrilled and honored to be returning to this fabulous company of talented artists!

 

 



April News
April 28, 2013

 

Well hi there, Internet!

 

 

It’s been a busy month. My auditions and acting work have taken me to four out of five boroughs (I’m coming for you, Bronx!). My performance experiences have been eclectic and eccentric, from passing out flowers at a rooftop garden party wearing a goat mask (!), to operating a life-size baby T-rex puppet complete with blinking eyes and flicking tongue. My anti-bullying children’s show “UpStanders” continues to be performed in schools all across New York.

 

 

Happy Spring!!!



March News
March 31, 2013

 

Happy Easter / Passover, Internet!

 

 

“The Huntsmen” closed last month at Portland Playhouse. It was a wonderful experience and I feel so lucky to have been a part of the world premiere of Quincy Long’s amazing play.

 

 

Now I am back in New York City. My next project is a children’s show called “UpStanders” which is being produced by Sundog Theatre and will be performed in Staten Island schools. The play teaches kids how to deal with bullying. I play Lucas, a shy 9-year-old boy (between “The Huntsmen”, where I played a 14-year-old, and this I feel like I’m getting younger and younger and younger …). It is a smart play with a good message.



February News
February 8, 2013

 

Bonjour Internet,

 

 

Only two more weekends left to see “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. We close on February 17th. I am honored to be a part of this amazing production and continue to be thrilled and challenged by the play.

 

 

For more information about the show, please watch this video interview conducted by Portland’s Artslandia Magazine with me, playwright Quincy Long, and director Kathleen Dimmick on opening night.

 

 

All the reviews of “The Huntsmen” can be found below:



January News
January 24, 2013

 

Hey Internet,

 

 

This past weekend I opened in “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. Opening night received a standing ovation and multiple curtain calls. It feels wonderful to be so thoroughly embraced by the Portland arts community. Here is what the reviews had to say about my performance (please click on the links for the full articles):

 

 

 

“At the heart of this remarkable production, under the pitch perfect, tone deft [sic] direction of Kathleen Dimmick, is Dean Linnard, fresh from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and utterly fascinating as a gawky kid with a golden voice, a moral vacancy and a fantasy life that often bleeds, shall we say, into the real world.”

 

Martly Hughley, The Oregonian

 

 

 

“Played with mesmerizing zeal by Dean Linnard, Devon is equal parts clumsy teen, moody murderer and smooth crooner … Linnard’s voice is beautifully clean, and he injects the songs with surprising psychological intensity.”

 

Rebecca Jacobson, Willamette Week

 

 

 

“Dean Linnard [is] morbidly hypnotic as the altered teen with a blade.”

 

portland theatre scene

 

 

 

“New York actor Linnard plays Devon with awkward intensity, a frenetic ball of freak out that stares intently into the distance while his skinny arms scat in frenzies of staccato movement. With his gawky limbs, wild mop of hair, and tense, shoulders-pulled-back posture, he comes across almost as a cartoon killer, further deboning what could easily tilt into too gruesome a tale …

 

[T]he three supporting male actors (Gavin Gregory, Jared Miller, and O’Connell—all with fabulous voices) … provide the accompaniment to Linnard’s nimble, expressive tenor.”

 

Aaron Scott, Portland Monthly

 

 

 

“As portrayed by Linnard, Devon is a squirrely, jittery kid who only seems at home when he’s singing lead vocals in the doo-wop numbers that dominate his inner life. Linnard’s got a great voice, and he’s capably backed by the rest of the ensemble in original songs that easily pass for doo-wop standards.”

 

Alison Hallett, The Portland Mercury

 

 

 

“[T]he astonishing part … comes at the end of the scene, another bloody deed done, when Devon launches into “Speedoo,” … and Dean Linnard changes from an insatiable grub into a divine doo-wop butterfly. The beat, the close harmony, Linnard’s youthful tenor lifted in a mild version of the traditional boasting song!”

 

Barry Johnson, Oregon ArtsWatch

 

 

 

And finally, theater critic Marty Hughley said the following about our production in The Oregonian (Oregon’s largest newspaper):

 

“Quincy Long’s delightfully twisted play, which opened its world-premiere run Saturday at Portland Playhouse, delivers the most surprising, strange and satisfying theater of the season so far …

 

[T]here’s smooth singing and psychologically precise acting from everyone here … As an ensemble, they take reality and delusion, dreams and fears, humor and horror and turn it all into a transporting kind of music.”     

 

 

 

“The Huntsmen” runs through February 17th at Portland Playhouse.

 

 



2012 Recap
January 1, 2013

Happy New Year, Internet!

 

As 2012 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking back on all the wonderful theatrical experiences I’ve had in the last year. I feel such tremendous joy and gratitude to have worked with so many fantastic people and organizations. My experiences in 2012 have reaffirmed my belief in the power of theater to nurture the mind and spirit.

 

This past Summer my one-man show adaptation of “Hamlet” had a short run as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s New Works Series. I played Caliban in “The Tempest” with the fine folks at Vermont Shakespeare Company. In the Fall I played Hamlet again in an experimental production that went to the New Orleans Fringe Festival. I also worked as a character elevator operator at the brilliant Off-Broadway show “Sleep No More”. And I am writing this from Portland, Oregon where I am deep in rehearsals for the world premiere of “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. All of these adventures have challenged and stretched me as an artist and I feel so lucky to have encountered so many talented and compassionate fellow artists along the way.

 

Many thanks to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the TRUF, Manhattan Rep, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Kipuka Theater, Punchdrunk/Emursive, Tremor Theater Collective, Barrow Street Theatre, and Portland Playhouse for providing me with creative homes throughout 2012. I look forward to the new adventures in store for 2013.

 

Have a happy and healthy New Year, everyone!!!

 



December News
December 19, 2012

Season’s Greetings, Internet!

 

Hello from Portland, Oregon! I just started rehearsals for the world premier of “The Huntsmen” at Portland Playhouse. “The Huntsmen” is a new play by Quincy Long, whose work has been presented at Playwright Horizons and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I am playing Devon, a 14 year old serial killer who is obsessed with Doo Wop music. I am extremely honored to be a part of this topical, provocative, and complicated play. The show runs January 17th – February 17th.

 

For more information, please visit PortlandPlayhouse.org



November News
November 29, 2012

Top Of The Morning To You, Internet,

 

I just returned from New Orleans where I played Hamlet in the experimental theater piece “The Rub” at the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Our play was chosen as one of the top four at the festival (out of 69!) by The Gambit.

 

I so enjoyed working with my talented colleagues and exploring “Hamlet” once again. I also fell in love with New Orleans – such a beautiful and diverse city. I hope to return.



October News
October 28, 2012

Greetings Internet,

 

I am currently in rehearsal for “The Rub”, Tremor Theater Collective’s experimental adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. It is tremendous fun to be playing the Dane again. We are traveling to Louisiana next month to perform in the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Very exciting!

 

For more information, please click below:

 

http://www.nofringe.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=132:the-rub&Itemid=147



September News (and it’s exciting!)
September 1, 2012

Salutations Internet,

 

I am very excited to announce that I recently began working at “Sleep No More,” Punchdrunk’s Off-Broadway immersive theater experience. I am playing Edward, an elevator operator at Gallow Green, a beautiful rooftop bar and restaurant adjoining the magnificent McKittrick Hotel. I am a huge fan of Punchdrunk and the magnificent world of “Sleep No More,” and I am truly honored to be joining their team.

 

For more information about “Sleep No More” and Gallow Green, please visit:

 

http://sleepnomorenyc.com/



“Tempest” Recap
August 23, 2012

Howdy Internet,

 

I just returned from two weeks up in Vermont performing Caliban in “The Tempest” with Vermont Shakespeare Company. It was a wonderful experience with an immensely talented cast and crew. We received a rave review in the weekly Vermont newspaper Seven Days. Here is what they had to say about my performance:

 

 

“The current of energy first invoked by Prospero’s incantations remains high throughout the show, whether that spark is embodied by the brutish, Gollum-like Caliban (Dean Linnard), revived by the drunken antics of sailors Trinculo (Christopher Payseur) and Stephano (Collin Smith) or reflected in the eyes of the two young lovers …

 

[T]he physical comedy enacted by Caliban and the two sailors is riotous and perfectly timed. When Trinculo crawls under a pile of rags, with which Caliban has disguised himself to escape a second tempest, the resulting quadruped of their jumbled limbs is worthy of a “Saturday Night Live” skit …

 

Linnard pours heart and soul into the crouching, wretched slave Caliban, spending much of the performance hunched over on his knuckles. The requisite teeth gnashing and dirty garments capably represent Caliban’s evil nature, but Linnard does well to infuse a touch of pathos, as well.” (Lindsay J. Westley, “Weathering a Real “Tempest,” the Show Goes On for Vermont Shakespeare Company” in “Sate of the Arts,” August 15th 2012)

 

 

You can read the entire review here:

 

http://www.7dvt.com/2012weathering-real-tempest-show-goes-vermont-shakespeare-company

 



August News
August 4, 2012

Hello Internet,

 

Tomorrow I depart for Vermont to play Caliban in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Tempest.” We perform August 10 – 12 in Knight Point State Park in North Hero and then August 17 – 19 in Oakledge Park in Burlington. For ticket information and more please visit:

 
http://www.vermontshakespeare.org/

 

 



The Reviews Are In …
July 22, 2012

The Children’s show I was in, “Sarazad and the Monster-King,” closed last week, but before we closed we got reviewed by the New York Times! Here’s what they had to say about my performance:

 

“But if “Sarazad” has a shaky grasp of real-life monsters, it succeeds charmingly with the kind from dreams. Dean Linnard, turned expertly ghoulish by Sabrina Khan’s costume design (almost too ghoulish for preschoolers) plays the Monster-King with an upper-crust Vincent Price accent and a zombie’s hunger. Sarazad makes up story after story to stay out of his stew pot.” (Laurel Graeber, “Spare Times: For Children”, July 13th 2012)

 

That’s right, friends: I’m almost too ghoulish for preschoolers. You’d best tell me stories if you don’t want to get stewed!



Latest News
July 1, 2012

In August I will be playing Caliban in “The Tempest” with Vermont Shakespeare Company:

 

http://www.vermontshakespeare.org/

 

In July my solo piece “Hamlet: A One-Man Show” will have its New York premiere as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s New Works series:

 

http://www.manhattanrep.com/

 

In June and July I will be playing the Monster-King in the world premier of “Sarazad and the Monster-King,” a children show being produced by The TRUF at the Canal Park Playhouse:

 

http://www.canalparkplayhouse.com/





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