BRIAN HILL (Librettist/Director of The Adventures of Pinocchio) is an award-winning actor who now devotes his time to writing and directing. As an actor Brian spent three seasons in the Shaw Festival repertory company, played Raoul in the The Phantom of the Opera, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard, and won a Dora Award as a member of the original Canadian cast of Forever Plaid. For the Stratford Festival he directed Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience and was associate director of Susan H. Schulman’s productions of Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof. He served as associate director of the U.S. national tour of Sunset Boulevard and the first national tour of The Sound of Music. For Disney Theatrical Productions he was resident director of the Broadway production of The Lion King and associate director of The Little Mermaid.
With Neil Bartram he has written, among others, Not Wanted on the Voyage (Goodspeed’s New Works Festival 2012), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and The Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed’s NWF 2014 and London 2014). Current projects include Spin (Signature Theatre 2013), and stage adaptations of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Brian is best known as the book writer for The Story of My Life, which was developed at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, premiered on Broadway in 2009 (Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Musical, Music, Lyrics, and Book). Brian wrote the new book for the acclaimed 2014 Goodman Theatre production of Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon.