MANHATTAN-BORN AND NEBRASKA-RAISED, BRIAN HASTERT IS AN ACTOR, WRITER, AND EDUCATOR.
As an actor, Brian is known for the humor, nuance, and vulnerability he brings to his roles. His career has brought him from stage to screen, around the world and back again. His work has been seen on CBS, Lifetime, HBO, Starz, NBC, as well as in pilots, films, and national ad campaigns for brands like All State and Sony Playstation.
Thoroughly trained in classic and contemporary material, he studied first at NYU and then at the Yale School of Drama where he received the Oliver Thorndike Award in Acting. On stage, Brian has performed in venues all around New York City (Manhattan Theater Club, The Sheen Center, Cherry Lane), regionally (SpeakEasy Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, The American Repertory Theater), and internationally (The National Theatre, London; The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Culturegest; Lisbon).
Brian is a founding member of The TEAM, the Brooklyn-based ensemble helmed by Tony-nominee Rachel Chavkin. With the company he has co-written and devised plays that have gone on to tour all over the United States and internationally including Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Portugal, Austria, Hong Kong, and Australia. These shows have made annual “Top Ten” or “Best of” lists on three continents and have won critical praise in The New York Times, The Guardian, and other major press outlets. "5 Plays by The TEAM", an anthology of the TEAM's first major shows, was published by Oberon books in 2015.
Brian has also collaborated with seminal New York-based company Tectonic Theater Project - creator of one of the 25 most important plays of the last century, The Laramie Project. He’s worked with artistic director Moisés Kaufman developing new work and performed in the NY premier of Tectonic’s Uncommon Sense, a play interweaving stories and lives of people on the autism spectrum.
Brian has been a part of developing and performing new work at institutions including The National Theatre of Scotland, Battersea Arts Center (London), National Theatre Studio (London), Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, The Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Tank, Women’s Project, Dixon Place, The Working Theatre, The Living Theatre, Terra Nova, and others.
As a writer and creative artist, Brian is driven by the idea that we become the stories we tell ourselves. He seeks to tell stories that are compelling enough that people stop to listen, and humane enough that they’re worth our becoming. Even if just for the moment.
A resident of Brooklyn, Brian is a member in good standing of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as his Instagram account will attest.