Ari Brand as Kyle
Ari Brand is a Brooklyn-based actor, musician, writer and teacher. The son of professional musicians in New York City, Ari learned quickly that performing was his calling. At twelve he played the young male roles in an award-winning off-off-Broadway production of Macbeth. He continued acting at an arts-focused high school in Brooklyn, starring in student plays, musicals and films, and he appeared on Saturday Night Live a few months before graduation. He furthered his education at Wesleyan University, where he played lead roles on stage and screen, and graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Psychology. He studied acting intensively at BADA in London during his Junior year abroad. Since college, Ari has developed an extensive theater resume, working on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally with such reputable directors as Michael Greif, James Lapine, Mary Zimmerman, Gerald Freedman, Gordon Edelstein, Mark Lamos and David Cromer. Ari won an award for best actor at the Midtown International Theater Festival in 2008, but his most notable role was as the title character in the critically-acclaimed My Name Is Asher Lev, which ran for ten months at the Westside Theater in midtown Manhattan. After a few short films and a TV guest star, Ari is thrilled to be making his feature film debut with Alex Webb’s To The Flame.
You can see Ari in his latest project, the West Coast Premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles this summer. Visit www.aribrand.com for more info.