Brian Wild has been working in theater since the age of 11 in Wausau, Wisconsin and hasn’t let up since. Involved in over 85 theatrical productions since 1977, he has appeared on stage hundreds of times across the state. His compositions and plays have been critically acclaimed by The Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times, The Isthmus and many other publications over the years.
The 2011-2012 Proud Theater season marks Wild’s 8th year as Artistic Director of Proud Theater, Madison’s Premier LGBTQ youth and allied youth theater troupe and his 11th year of involvement. Under Wild’s leadership as Artistic Director, Proud Theater produced 7 immensely successful year end shows including Proud Theater: R Evolution (2005), Proud Theater: Unplugged (2006), Proud Theater: Plugged In (2007), Proud Theater: Loud and Clear (2008), Proud Theater: Full Circle (2009), Proud Theater: 3D in Stunning Queer-O-Rama (2010) and Proud Theater: Rockin’ the Rotunda (2011). Aside from producing year end shows, Wild pushes the group to perform in other venues around the state – Pride Fests, Schools, colleges, Senior Centers and other LGBTQ functions and events.
Wild has been an active member of Broom Street Theater for over 19 years, starting his career with the company as an actor in 1992. 2011’s A Broom Street Halloween marked his 65th production involvement with BST. Of those shows, he has acted in 18, written 14, directed 15, composed music for 13 and has also worked on the technical side in dozens more as a designer of sound, lights, set, programs, posters, and stage management. Some of Brian’s works as a playwright include the wildly popular Tales for a Millennium, Sex Kittens From Mars, The Ghost and Doctor Liz, A Very Bitchy Christmas, 667: the Number of the Neighbor of the Beast, the original Dork Side of the Moon, Run Faggot, Run and Tales from the Dork Side. Wild is also the former treasurer of Broom Street Theaters Board of Directors.
A University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point graduate, Wild earned a B.A. in Communications with a double emphasis on Advertising/Public Relations and Film and Television Critical Analysis. While there, he was a member of the Xi Omicron chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, a professional music fraternity.
In 2005, Wild was honored with the Broom Street Theater Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for extraordinary dedication to the promotion of experimental theater. In 2007 he was awarded a certificate of achievement from the Gay-Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE) for his commitment to community activism and social justice in Wisconsin, and in 2008 was presented with the Outreach, Inc. Man of the Year award for his work with youth in the community.