Russell Garrett joined Boston Conservatory in 2019 as an assistant professor of theater.
Garrett spent the early years of his career in New York performing on Broadway and in touring productions of The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, and Show Boat. He also created roles off-Broadway in Pageant and Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens, and assistant directed three Actors Fund Benefits at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Nationally, Garrett has performed at Actors Theater Louisville, the Old Globe Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars (Houston), and the Papermill Playhouse. Here in New England, he has been seen at New Repertory Theatre, the Ogunquit Playhouse, Greater Boston Stage Company, Wheelock Family Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and the last nine holiday seasons at North Shore Music Theatre playing Bob Cratchit in their annual production of A Christmas Carol.
As a director and choreographer, Garrett has staged musicals across the country including multiple productions of Chicago, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and Beehive! as well as A Chorus Line, The Who’s Tommy, Cabaret, Legally Blonde, Gypsy, and Falsettos. In New England, he has directed All Shook Up (North Shore Music Theatre, 2012), Camelot and Little Shop of Horrors (New Repertory Theatre, 2012 and 2013), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre, 2016), and The Full Monty, Hairspray, and Nine to Five (Theatre By The Sea, 2010–2012). Garrett’s work also includes 10 years working with college students at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region 1 with both the SDC directing participants and the Musical Theatre Initiative and as a guest artist at various schools leading dance and acting audition workshops. He also served as Artistic Director for Foothills Theatre Company in Worcester, MA (2005–2009).
Garrett currently resides in Boston’s South End.