About Rusty

Rusty Tennant is the Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre Ensemble. They have an MFA in Directing and Performance from the University of New Orleans.

Selected Regional Credits: Directing: The Reason for the Season (Director, Artists Rep), Ten Chimneys (Asst. Director, [Dámaso Rodriguez, dir.] Artists Rep), A Streetcar Named Desire (Asst. Dir., Fight Choreographer [Jon Kretzu, dir] Artists Rep). As an Actor: Carousel (Gary English, dir. Connecticut Rep), House of Plunder (Ryan Rilette, dir. Southern Rep), Mother Courage (Robert Benedetti, dir. Nevada Conservatory Theatre).

Recent Portland productions: Directing: Cabaret (Six 2019 Drammy Awards including: Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Director), Sordid Lives, Stupid Kids, Under the Influence (Director, OUTwright/Fuse), King Lear (Director, Post5), Rope (Director, Bag&Baggage), The Last Days (Director, Post 5), A View from the Bridge (Co-Director, Fuse), Sonnetscape (Director/Performer, Fuse), Suburban Tribe (Co-Director, Fuse), Tether (Director, Fuse). As an actor: As You Like It (Touchstone/Jaques, PAE), The Importance of Being Frank (Fuse), Richard III (Buckingham, Post5), Henry IV 1 (Falstaff, Post5), A Midsummer Night's Somnambulism (Bottom, Fuse).

Rusty serves as the Technical Director at Reed College and is a regular adjunct faculty and guest artist at multiple local colleges and universities. They are also the Producing Artistic Director of The OUTwright Theatre Festival, a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ contribution to theatre that is held annually in Portland, OR. They have won Drammy awards in directing and design, a Storer Boone Award for directing, and an OOBR award for performing in The American Globe's Hamlet.