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Brandon J. Dirden

 
Bio:
Brandon starred on Broadway as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Tony Award-winning production of All the Way, with Bryan Cranston, and as Booster in the Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson's Jitney. Additional Broadway credits include Clybourne Park, Enron, and Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway, ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
Brandon starred on Broadway as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Tony Award-winning production of All the Way, with Bryan Cranston, and as Booster in the Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson's Jitney. Additional Broadway credits include Clybourne Park, Enron, and Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway, ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Second Stage Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Davey Battle
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr.
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company, 2012
Boy Willie
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Security Guard

Photos

Brandon J. Dirden and Crystal Dickinson Photo

Brandon J. Dirden and Crystal Dickinson

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Dale Badway, Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden Photo

Dale Badway, Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden

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Michael Oberholtzer, Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden Photo

Michael Oberholtzer, Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden

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Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden  Photo

Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden

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Michael Oberholtzer, Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden Photo

Michael Oberholtzer, Patrick J. Adams and Brandon J. Dirden

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Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Second Stage Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Davey Battle

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr.

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company, 2012
Boy Willie

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2010
Security Guard

Brandon J. Dirden Biography

Brandon starred on Broadway as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Tony Award-winning production of All the Way, with Bryan Cranston, and as Booster in the Tony Award-winning revival of August Wilson's Jitney. Additional Broadway credits include Clybourne Park, Enron, and Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in The Piano Lesson, for which he won Obie, Theatre World, and AUDELCO awards; The First Breeze of Summer and Day of Absence at Signature Theatre; Detroit ’67 at the Public Theater and Classical Theatre of Harlem; Peter and the Starcatcher at New York Theatre Workshop and as ‘Brutus’ in TFANA’s production of Juilius Caesar. On screen, he has appeared in “The Good Wife,” “For Life,” “The Big C,” “Public Morals,” “Manifest,” “The Get Down,” “The Accidental Wolf,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Quad,” and four seasons of FX’s “The Americans” as Agent Dennis Aderholt. He is currently shooting the upcoming ABC series “For Life” and recently completed work on the FX miniseries, “Mrs. America.” He has directed numerous plays by Dominique Morriseau and August Wilson. Brandon is a frequent volunteer at the 52nd Street Project and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Fair Wage On Stage.


Brandon J. Dirden Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Brandon J. Dirden, Skeleton Crew
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Brandon J. Dirden, Skeleton Crew
 
Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
 
Obie Awards - 2013 - Performance Gold Star
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
 
The Lortels - 2013 - Outstanding Lead Actor
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
 
Theatre World Awards - 2013 - Theatre World Award Gold Star
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson

Brandon J. Dirden News

2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List! Photo 2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

The 2nd Annual Antonyo Award nominations from the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season have been announced! See the full list here!

TAKE ME OUT Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play Photo TAKE ME OUT Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

Take Me Out has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List! Photo COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. See the full list here! This year’s Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant on June 14th. See who was honored from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

Photos: Go Backstage with the 2022 Theatre World Awards Winners Photo Photos: Go Backstage with the 2022 Theatre World Awards Winners
by Bruce Glikas - Jun 8, 2022

On Monday night, the Theatre World Awards celebrated the 2022 Theatre World Award Honorees, a special 'Outstanding Ensemble' Award to 21 cast members making their Broadway debut in the Broadway Revival of The Music Man, the 13th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Honoree Michael Oberholtzer, and the 9th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Honoree Harvey Fierstein.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for the 2022 Theatre World Awards Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet for the 2022 Theatre World Awards
by Bruce Glikas - Jun 8, 2022

The Theatre World Awards celebrated the 2022 Theatre World Award Honorees, a special 'Outstanding Ensemble' Award to 21 cast members making their Broadway debut in the Broadway Revival of The Music Man, the 13th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Honoree Michael Oberholtzer, and the 9th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Honoree Harvey Fierstein at the historic 76th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony that returned to a live in-person presentation on the set of the Jeffrey Richards production of the critically acclaimed Broadway Revival of American Buffalo.

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

World Premiere of Mando Alvarado's LIVING AND BREATHING & More Announced for Two Rive Photo World Premiere of Mando Alvarado's LIVING AND BREATHING & More Announced for Two River Theater 2022/2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2022

Two River Theater has announced an exciting theatrical season, featuring world premiere work as well as plays with some of American theater’s most lauded talents.

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by Stephi Wild - May 19, 2022

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY & KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead in Wins for 2022 Outer Critics Circle Award Photo THE LEHMAN TRILOGY & KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead in Wins for 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 17, 2022

The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, has announced the winners of the 71st Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, honoring the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season.

SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards Photo SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 16, 2022

Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees is available here as well as information on who was eligible.

Brandon J. Dirden Videos

VIDEO: Jesse Williams Reveals His Baseball Connection to TAKE ME OUT on LATE NIGHT VideoVIDEO: Jesse Williams Reveals His Baseball Connection to TAKE ME OUT on LATE NIGHT
by Michael Major - Apr 19, 2022

Jesse Williams sat down with Seth Meyers to discuss his Broadway debut in Take Me Out. Williams spoke on how the Broadway schedule differs from television, his 'intense' nude scene, and his connection to baseball prior to Take Me Out. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening NIght of TAKE ME OUT! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening NIght of TAKE ME OUT!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 5, 2022

Second Stage Theater production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out opened just last night at the Hayes Theatre. Directed by Scott Ellis, Take Me Out features Patrick J. Adams, Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Jesse Williams.

VIDEO: Watch TAKE ME OUT Cast Take Opening Night Bows VideoVIDEO: Watch TAKE ME OUT Cast Take Opening Night Bows
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 5, 2022

Second Stage Theater production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, Take Me Out, opened just last night at the Hayes Theatre. Check out footage from their first official curtain call below!

VIDEO: Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams & Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talk TAKE ME OUT on TO VideoVIDEO: Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams & Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talk TAKE ME OUT on TODAY
by Michael Major - Mar 29, 2022

Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss Second Stage's production of Take Me Out. Directed by Scott Ellis, Take Me Out also features Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, JCarl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, Eduardo Ramos, and Tyler Lansing Weaks.

VIDEO: Jesse Williams Talks TAKE ME OUT on THE DAILY SHOW with Trevor Noah VideoVIDEO: Jesse Williams Talks TAKE ME OUT on THE DAILY SHOW with Trevor Noah
by Michael Major - Mar 8, 2022

Last night, Jesse Williams sat down with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Williams spoke to Trevor about his Broadway debut in Take Me Out and the power dynamics his character faces as a star baseball player of color who comes out at the peak of his career and more. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: TAKE ME OUT Gets Ready to Return to Broadway VideoVIDEO: TAKE ME OUT Gets Ready to Return to Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 6, 2022

In just days, the Second Stage Theater production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, Take Me Out, will officially begin previews at the Hayes Theater, where it was originally set to open almost two years ago. Right before Broadway shut down, BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge met with the company while they were still in rehearsals. We're looking back on that day ahead of the show's official return!

VIDEO: Dominique Morisseau and Company Talk Bringing SKELETON CREW to Broadway VideoVIDEO: Dominique Morisseau and Company Talk Bringing SKELETON CREW to Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 12, 2022

Skeleton Crew, the new play by Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is taking Broadway by storm at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, where it opened on January 26.

VIDEO: Watch Scenes from SKELETON CREW on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Watch Scenes from SKELETON CREW on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 25, 2022

Manhattan Theatre Club is presenting the Broadway premiere of Skeleton Crew, written by Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production opens tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26, at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

BWW TV: What is TAKE ME OUT All About? The Broadway-Bound Cast Explains! VideoBWW TV: What is TAKE ME OUT All About? The Broadway-Bound Cast Explains!
by TV - Press Previews - Mar 11, 2020

The Second Stage Theater production of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out is in rehearsals and will begin previews April 2, 2020 and officially open on April 23, 2020 at Second Stage's Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street). The cast just met the press and BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big day!

VIDEO: First Look at RADIO GOLF at Two River Theater VideoVIDEO: First Look at RADIO GOLF at Two River Theater
by Stage Tube - Mar 6, 2020

This season, Two River continues its commitment to produce all 10 plays of August Wilson's American Century Cycle with Radio Golf, directed by Brandon J. Dirden. This is the sixth play in the Cycle produced at the theater. Performances will run in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, through Sunday, March 22. The opening night performance is Friday, March 6 at 7pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. Two River Theater's 2019/20 Season Sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center.


Brandon J. Dirden Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Brandon J. Dirden been in?
Brandon J. Dirden has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Brandon J. Dirden been in?
Brandon J. Dirden has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Brandon J. Dirden been nominated for?
Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Skeleton Crew , Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Skeleton Crew , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for The Piano Lesson , Performance (Obie Awards) for The Piano Lesson Outstanding Lead Actor (The Lortels) for The Piano Lesson and Theatre World Award (Theatre World Awards) for The Piano Lesson .

What awards has Brandon J. Dirden won?
Performance (Obie Awards) for The Piano Lessonand Theatre World Award (Theatre World Awards) for The Piano Lesson.