Dr. Brian Haimbach
Lead Theatre Arts Faculty - Acting, Intermediate Acting, Writing for Theatre
Teaches: Acting 1, 2, and 3, Intermediate Acting 1 and 2, Introduction to Theatre, Acting Shakespeare, and Acting for Camera
When Brian Haimbach realized his biggest claim to fame was singing for Cybil Shepherd in Las Vegas, he knew it was time to get a degree. He earned a PhD in Theatre with a specialization in directing and new play development from the University of Georgia. Favorite directing credits include Hamlet, Marat/Sade, Top Girls, Amadeus, and The Rocky Horror Show. As a director and/or producer he has worked on world premier productions and/or readings of plays by Lee Blessing, Arlene Hutton, Caridad Svich, and Catherine Trieschmann as well as numerous emerging playwrights. Professionally he has spent time with Touchstone Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference and his work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine. He is the former head of the national New Play Festival at Centre Stage in Greenville, SC and has taught in the theatre departments of Texas Tech, USC Upstate, and the University of Georgia. While head of theatre at Greenville Technical College, he created an AA program in Theatre which included study abroad programs to China, Edinburgh, and Egypt. He was the first faculty ambassador to Copenhagen Technical School from GTC to create a student exchange between the two colleges. He is active in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Since moving to Oregon he has sung the roles of Dan in "Next to Normal" at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, where he regularly directs, and Harvey Milk in the oratorio "I am Harvey Milk" with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus as well as entertaining audiences with his one-man show "How to be a Sissy." In a former life, he was a singer and dancer on cruise ships and earned a degree in musical theatre from Flordia State University.