BRYAN CHESTERS grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. He has performed on stage and screen in Chicago, NYC and Los Angeles. He received both his BA (Music) and MFA (Theater) from UCLA (Magna cum laude). He has studied with some of the best acting teachers in the country including: Bobby Lewis (Founder of the Actor’s Studio & original member of the Group Theatre), Mel Shapiro, Salome Jens, Ellen Geer, Gil Cates, Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Larry Moss, Terry Schreiber, Ken Lerner, Tom Irwin, Jeff Perry, Shannon Cochran, Gar Campbell, Marilyn Fox. He is the recipient of several acting awards including scholarships from Carol Burnett, George Burns and Laura Pels.
Recent TV/Film acting credits include: WAR DOGS (w/Jonah Hill & Miles Teller), MAD MEN (Dir. Jon Hamm), MODERN FAMILY,
ANGER MANAGEMENT, Grey’s Anatomy (Dir. Jeannot Szwarc), A Lesson in Love (Starring Kristy Swanson) & Jet Set (Starring Eric Roberts). Upcoming films in 2018: Harvest Season & A Haunting at Silver Falls 2.
He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is a company member of the prestigious Pacific Resident Theater in Venice, CA and an
original member of the SAVAGE PLAYERS in which LA TIMES critic David C. Nichols recently praised Mr. Chesters’ work in The Psychic Life of Savages at the New LA Theater Center. His work in the theater includes plays by Shakespeare (Hamlet), Williams (The Glass Menagerie) and Chekov (The Cherry Orchard) to name but a few. Some of his favorite roles include: Eddie (Hurly Burly), Charles (The Clean House), Oed (Big Love) and Millet/Binky (Fuddy Meers). A true triple threat he has played the Gene Kelly role in Singin’ in the Rain at two different regional theaters. (Art Park-NY, Glendale Theater, CA). Broadway Tours include: 1st National Sunset Boulevard (Dir. Trevor Nunn) and 42nd Street-European (Dir. Jon Engstrom). As a director he worked alongside Mel Shapiro and assisted him on ANGELS IN AMERICA: Parts One and Two. He also adapted, produced and directed the 25th Anniversary Production of ST. ELMO’S FIRE at the Flight Theatre in Hollywood, CA.