Brad Rouse is a Harvard graduate from St. Louis who lives in New York City. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge and spent a year in federal jail.
Before 2008, Brad worked as a theater director in New York City and was featured on CBS (60 Minutes II) and NPR (All Things Considered). He directed at the Public Theater (NYC), City Center (NYC), Juilliard, NYU, plus productions in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston and Hartford.
His nationally recognized work included world premieres by award-winning writers and composers (multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, GLAAD, Drama League, Emmy, and Golden Globe winners and nominees.)
In addition, he assisted Broadway legend Hal Prince on new work by Stephen Sondheim, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Carol Burnett, Alfred Uhry, Jason Robert Brown, and Jim Steinman. For Mr. Prince, he line-produced on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and others.
Since 2009, he has continued to work as a director, writer, and teacher. His jail-inspired short play HIT THE BODY ALARM played The Performing Garage (NYC) and earlier in the “Art of Justice” series at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
He has directed two new plays and two new musicals Off-Broadway, including the Off-Broadway Alliance Best Musical nominated GOLDSTEIN. He is part of the thriving Arts and Justice movement and is leading the way for the inclusion of justice-involved theater artists.