Donald Rees co-founded Brave New Production’s in 2003 as a small troupe of performers developing original work with a focus on merging art with entertainment while telling incredible stories. The company reformed in 2011, with Donald taking on the role of Executive Director, refocusing the path for Brave New Production to one of a semi-professional company invested in developing new and existing works. In the past 10 years, he has honed his writing and acting skills by wearing many hats for Brave New Productions, including performing, writing, directing and producing shows in both Montreal and Toronto. He has mentored with Peter Hinton, Liz Valdez & Gilles Plouffe and has studied with Second City in Chicago as well as the Barrow Group in New York. He writes for Mobtreal.com and has written for both The Charlebois Post and 2Be Magazine. In 2013 Donald co-founded Brave New Comedy in order to support new and upcoming comedic talent and encourage experimental comedy productions.
Recently, he has been nominated for “Outstanding Male Lead” for his performance in Craig Wright’s “Mistakes Were Made” by the METAs and in 2015 co-directed the Montreal Premiere of the Tony Award Winning Broadway drama "33 Variations".
Praise for The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Directed by Donald Rees)
“I saw the closing Montreal performance of Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. It was powerful, simple, sincere and strong. There were many great performances and it was a very important and worthy project.”
Roy Surette, Director of Centaur Theatre Company
“This is what theatre is for. This is why people should still do theatre. Superb, fulfilling, authentic and so moving.
Jordan Arsenault, 2Be Magazine
Praise for ‘ART’
“Donald Rees is right on the money as Serge, the defensive dermatologist who has purchased the snowy painting by an artist named Antrios for 200,000 francs.” – Pat Donnelly, Montreal Gazette
“Donald Rees stretches his words and gestures to great effect, teasing out Serge’s irritation and anger as only an art- and status-obsessed man can.” Sarah Deshaies, Charlebois Post
Praise for “Mistakes Were Made”
“Mistakes Were Made is an intense, unforgettable monologue by Donald Rees in the role of Felix Artifex, a manically overworked producer. Rees is unrelentingly energetic and dements