Brian Cimmet

Department of Drama

Professor of Practice, Musical Theater
Music Director
Program Coordinator

Brian Cimmet portrait.

Syracuse Stage/Department of Drama Theater Complex
820 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210-1508

Brian Cimmet teaches courses in musical theater performance, literature, history, and audition technique.

His recent Department of Drama credits include direction and musical direction for Avenue Q and music direction for Parade and Spring Awakening. Other Syracuse credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Seussical, Hairspray, Violet, Like You Like It, White Christmas, Cradle Will Rock, Rent, and Cabaret.

Beyond the confines of Syracuse, Cimmet’s credits include the Broadway companies of The Drowsy Chaperone, Mary Poppins, and Grease; the original Off-Broadway productions of I Love You Because (also the cast album); and The Tin Pan Alley Rag, as well as too much regional and stock theater to remember. He has composed scores to Absolutely AnythingThe Spirit of ReindeerA Christmas CarolBurn ThisStop KissLet’s Play Two, and No Poop!, and his songs have been nominated for three MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs).

In an entirely unrelated walk of life, Cimmet is a two-time award winner at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, co-creator and co-host of Lollapuzzoola (his own summertime crossword tournament,, and contributor to several puzzle books, some of which are available at Barnes & Noble.


  • B.A., Wesleyan University