Brian Linden (he/him/his) grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Lincoln, Nebraska. He speaks without an accent but roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
As a child, he appeared on Romper Room.
In high school, he was the last cut from his freshman basketball team and then graduated first in his senior class.
He also played Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. in Funny Girl.
For college, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Much nearer the middle of the pack.
He also appeared in An Evening of Beckett with Kristin Linklater.
For twelve years, he lived in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, where he worked as a technical writer in both Silicon Valley and Multimedia Gulch. He apprenticed at the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival where he made his professional debut in Othello.
He sprained his ankle playing ultimate frisbee but did not miss a performance.
For many years, he has resided in Greenwich Village, New York City, in an apartment he has shared with two rabbits named Andrew and Cannoli. He now lives with a pre- and perinatal somatic facilitator and mentor who is also a fine photographer.
He has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Apollo Theater, and the Juilliard School. A reformed vegetarian, he enjoys the pastrami of Katz's Delicatessen and the grass-fed beef of Hudson & Charles, though he still ponders the ethics of eating animals. In his wilder youth, his taste for the cupcakes of the Magnolia Bakery was unparalleled. Maturing, he tries to avoid cane sugar and has single-handedly kept Hu chocolates in business. He listens to Yazoo, Mozart, and They Might Be Giants. He admires David Lynch but cannot make heads or tails of Inland Empire.
He practices yoga. Every. Day.
He won't allow his life to be defined by either COVID-19 or Facebook.
He has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 2001 and of the Burning Coal Theatre Company since 2009.
He looks forward to the next Tom Stoppard play, the continuation of the Second Avenue subway, and the end of the Pandemic.