Brian Lee is the founder and Artistic Director of “Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions”. Brian is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Brian has collaborated on over 40 productions in the past several years. Past directorial credits include: Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler On The Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Oliver!, The Pajama Game, Little Women: The Broadway Musical, Into The Woods and Sweeney Todd. Brian has also directed and conceived several revue shows including: Swing Time, The Sweetest Sounds: A Celebration of Richard Rodgers, Stage and Screen, A Saltue to the Sixties, Children Will Listen and That’s Dancin’: A Tribute to Bob Fosse. Brian has also directed the Canadian premier of Life Goes On: A Beatles Journey, a multi-media retrospective of the sixties through the music of the Beatles and the Toronto premier of The Facebook Musical. Brian worked as the assistant directed to Tim French on the World Premiere musical Queen For A Day: The Musical, starring Alan Thicke. Brian served as the assistant director on Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, which opened in January 2014 at New World Stages. Brian has worked as an assistant director to Stafford Arima (Carrie: The Musical, Bare, Allegiance) for several new projects including a new musical by Craig Carnelia titled Poster Boy, which had a reading, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company. Brian also assisted Mr. Arima on the workshop of the new upcoming revival of the 1970 Broadway hit, The Me Nobody Knows, this workshop featured choreography by Taye Diggs (Private Practice, RENT) and music direction by Bryan Perri (Wicked, Chaplin). Brian also collaborated with Nikki Blonsky, the star of the musical film Hairspray, on her Christmas concert with Dallas’s famed Turtle Creek Chorale. Aside from his work in theatre, Brian was also commissioned to direct the volunteer instructional video shown to all volunteers within the University Health Network. He also directed the premiere music video “Leave Me” for Dayna Bloom.
Brian is very proud of his charity work, he has organized fundraising performances for several different charities including: The Teresa Group (helping children with HIV/AIDS), Evergreen Hospice and Giant Steps (a school for autistic children). For the past six years, Brian has been involved in helping to raise funds for Eating Disorders for York Region. Brian has been the recipient of many awards including the Celebration of the Arts Bursary, the Canada Day Youth Achievement Award, as well as, the Lieutenant Governors Award for Community Service. He was also named one of Shalom Life’s “Top 20 under 40” for 2013.
Brian is currently splits his time between Richmond Hill and New York City.