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Brian Kapell - Artistic Director

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Brian Kapell holds an MFA in Theatre Management from California State University-Long Beach, and 2 BA degrees in Theatre and Communicative Disorders from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught acting and theatre history at CSU-LB, and has been teaching Business English at Berlin School of English for the past 7 years. He was one of the founding members of ComedySportz-Madison in 1984, helped found and direct ComedySportz-Washington DC from 1988- 1991, directed dozens of plays and musicals at theatre centers in Austin TX, Santa Fe NM, Cleveland OH, and others, including 9 original musicals written and performed by children in Walnut Creek, California. In 1989, he created the Laughing Lizard Lounge Comedy Club in Washington DC as a home-base for CSz-WDC. ‘Dedicated to Weird Fun’, this full-service restaurant and bar produced live music and comedy, and operated as a rehearsal hall and workshop space. He wrote and administered numerous federal, state and corporate grants for educational theatre projects in the USA, including major grants with Department of Education and various state agencies to expand Theatre of the Deaf programming around the USA. He was on the production team of the Tony Award-nominated, Broadway revival of Big River, a co-production between Deaf West Theatre and the Roundabout Theatre in 2003. He established Laugh Olympics in Berlin in 2005, and re-branded the show to ComedySportz-Berlin in April 2010. He founded Spirit Yoga Berlin with his wife Patricia Thielemann. They have 2 children, Benjamin and Philip.

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