Brant Russell has worked with Steppenwolf since 2004, when he was a Writing Mentor for the Cross-Town Ensemble. He was the Assistant Playwriting Instructor for the 2005 Cross-Town program. He assisted Amy Morton on her production of Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding, and was playwright Tracy Letts’ assistant on August: Osage County (also on Broadway). He was a script reader for Steppenwolf for two years, and has lead post-show discussions since March, 2007. He has been a Company Member of Collaboraction since 2003, and has directed twice for their Sketchbook festival. In 2006, his play Heinrich Heine, 1840, France won the Sketchbook award for best script. His work with Chicago Shakespeare Theater includes assisting Terry Hands on his production of Hamlet and assisting Barbara Gaines on her production of Troilus & Cressida. He has also worked with Victory Gardens, the side project, Chicago Dramatists, Writers’ Theatre, Next, Northlight, and A Red Orchid. He is an Associate Member of SSDC and a graduate of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2002 and is currently in his first year in Anna Shapiro’s MFA Directing program at Northwestern University.