Brian Linden


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Brian grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Lincoln, Nebraska. He speaks without an accent, but roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. As a child, he appeared on Romper Room.


He graduated first in his high school class and is believed to have been the last cut from his freshman basketball team. As a senior, he played Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. in Funny Girl.



He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and finished much nearer the middle of the pack. He appeared in An Evening of Beckett with Kristin Linklater. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.


For twelve years, he lived in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. He apprenticed at the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, made his professional debut in Othello, and sprained his ankle playing ultimate frisbee, but did not miss a performance.

For eight years, he shared a studio apartment in Greenwich Village with a rabbit named Andrew who passed away nearly eight years ago. He misses the rabbit but has kept the studio. He now shares it with his girlfriend, a trauma resolution therapist, and her rabbit of whom he shares the care.

He has performed at the Juilliard School, the Apollo Theater, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

A reformed vegetarian, he loves sushi, the cheeses of Murray's, and grass-fed beef. He does ponder the moral implications of eating animals. In his wilder youth, his taste for the cupcakes of the Magnolia Bakery was unparalleled. Maturing, he has not had cane sugar in several years.

He listens to Tori Amos, Philip Glass, and Pulp.

He admires David Lynch but cannot make heads or tails of Inland Empire.

He does not smoke but likes to pretend to onstage.

 He practices yoga daily.

He counts himself fortunate to share life with his parents in West Virginia, his sister in Atlanta, his brother in Cincinnati, and his many friends including a wine snob in the East Village and drama teachers in Astoria and Portland.

He has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 2001, the New Jersey Repertory Company since 2007, and the Burning Coal Theatre Company since 2009.


He looks forward to the next Stoppard play, the Second Avenue subway, and the American tricentennial.

Photograph (left) by Daniel Rader
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