Brian Kimmel

Producing Artistic Director

1995 Alumni


Theater Studies, English Minor, 1995
Atlanta, GA
MAT, Theater Education, Brenau University
Ed.S, University of West Georgia
Producing Artistic Director for Company J, the Theater in residence at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta 

Since Emory

After Emory, I did a one-year internship at The Warehouse Theater in my hometown of Greenville, SC.  I then returned to Atlanta to train with the SITI company during the summer Olympics. I spent two years freelance acting, teaching and directing all over Atlanta. Highlights included a tour with Georgia Shakespeare and returning to Emory to work on The White Devil and Pillars of Society. In 1999, I co-founded Out of Hand Theater with fellow Emory graduates. I also taught high school theater and completed an MAT in theater Education from Brenau University and an Ed.S at the University of West Georgia.

Current activities

Directing four main stage productions each season, teaching theater classes to children ages 5-13 and cultivating a group of interns in our internship program. I live in north Atlanta with my wife and 2-year-old daughter. 

Highlights at Emory

There are too many to name. My experience at Emory informs my life every day. From the way I teach and direct to the way I do my research on a production I am directing. I would say one of the highlights for me was understudying Polixines in The Winter's Tale. I was able to shadow a gifted professional actor while receiving constant support and feedback from the theater faculty. The quality of production at theater Emory, coupled with class work that fed directly into production made for an extraordinary and memorable educational experience.

In retrospect

My understanding of text, especially classical text, comes entirely from my work at Emory. I constantly use techniques and perspectives from Tim McDonough's narrative monologue class in my acting and teaching. The breadth of methodologies, from Laban to Meisner, gave me just enough to become curious about my own focus for the future. Emory training made me more adaptable and able to take feedback and incorporate it. I also have an insatiable hunger for new ideas and perspectives.

And …

I would encourage current and future students to explore all areas of theater at Emory. Take a design class, participate in student theater, and assist with dramaturgy. I would also encourage students to gain as much teaching experience as possible, whether in camp or classroom settings. Above all, learn the business of theater and how to be marketable. My experience at Emory was beyond words. It changed my life. Keep your eyes and ears open and it will change yours as well.