Brett’s interest in TimeLine was first sparked by seeing AWAKE AND SING. Two years later, his play HARMLESS received its world premiere at TimeLine. He has since been commissioned twice by the company to write new plays. Drawing inspiration from PJ Powers and the evolving depth of TimeLine’s mission, he maintains a close connection to the company as a member of TimeLine’s Playwright’s Collective class from 2013-2016.

I like to tell stories about consequences, and history is where consequences are birthed.

Recent theatre productions include PILGRIM’S PROGRESS (A Red Orchid Theatre), RED BUD (Signal Ensemble), DETECTIVE PARTNER HERO VILLAIN (Strawdog and SkyPilot Theatre Company, Los Angeles) and THE OPPONENT (Red Orchid; Bisno Productions; and 59e59, N.Y.). Film productions include the short CONVO (Breakwall Pictures) and the feature THE EARL (Intermission Productions). Past theatre work includes productions with The Royal Court Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company in London and Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, The House Theatre, The Inconvenience, The Side Project, A Red Orchid Theatre and American Theatre Company in Chicago.

A Sundance Institute Ucross Fellow, Brett is also a recipient of the Marquee Award from Chicago Dramatists, the Ofner Prize for New Work, the Emerging Artist Award from The League of Chicago Theatres, an After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical (OLD TOWN) and has developed plays with companies including The Atlantic Theatre Company and The New Group in New York and The Goodman, Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens in Chicago. He is a resident-alum of Chicago Dramatists, a proud ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre and an alumni member of the Center Theatre Group’s Playwrights’ Workshop in Los Angeles.

Brett has also been commissioned by The Royal Court Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Writers, Strawdog, Northlight and has several of his plays published through Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic Publishing and Nick Hern Publishing.

Brett has taught writing at DePaul University, Second City Training Center and currently teaches writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University.

A native of Newton, Iowa, Brett has a BA degree in Acting and Playwriting from University of Iowa and is an MFA Candidate in Playwriting from Spalding University.