As an actor Brian spent three seasons with the Shaw Festival repertory company, played Raoul in the The Phantom of the Opera opposite Colm Wilkinson, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard with Diahann Carroll, 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 Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof. He served as associate director of the U.S. national tour of Sunset Boulevard starring Petula Clark and the first national tour of The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain. 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, a musical adaptation of the beloved and controversial novel by Canada's literary giant Timothy Findley, and The Adventures of Pinocchio, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The Theory of Relativity, which simultaneously received its world premiere at Goodspeed musicals and an Off West End production in May of 2015, is a piece written with college-age actors in mind and is fast becoming a staple of college programs worldwide.
Other projects include Spin (Signature Theatre 2013) with director Eric Schaeffer, and stage adaptations of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes and Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, developed by the Tony Award-winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater company and The Transport Group's artistic director Jack Cummings, III.
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, and earned four Drama Desk Award nominations for outstanding musical, music, lyrics, and book. The piece was directed by the Tony Award-winning Richard Maltby, Jr. and starred Will Chase and Malcolm Gets. The Story of My Life has received award-winning productions throughout North America, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, and was an unmatched hit in Seoul Korea. The Korean production led to a cast album as well as a feature film. The original cast recording of The Story of My Life is available through PS Classics.
Brian wrote the new book for the Goodman Theatre's acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe's Brigadoon.