music. lyrics. stories.


“The music, book, lyrics and overall story-telling [Dean & Brush] create are superb and everything I think this artform can accomplish”

- Kevin David Thomas, Les Miserables, A Little Night Music, Behind The Curtain podcast


RACHEL DEAN is a composer, pianist, and music director originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now New York City-based, she serves as a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton and has collaborated alongside the likes of Luis Salgado, Brandon Uranowitz, Alysha Umphress, and Jennifer Jancuska. An ASCAP award recipient, Rachel has had her work performed in New York, Miami, Ohio, Phoenix, and New Jersey. In addition to her work with David, she is currently developing Medusa (with Wes Braver). Rachel is a member of ASCAP and a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

DAVID BRUSH has served as dramaturg, writer, director, producer, and various other roles in the theatre over the course of his career. David's writing work has been honored by Chicago Theatre Building, The American Harmony Prize, and cabaret circuits in London and NYC. In addition, David has directed the regional premieres and/or developmental labs of Rent, 35MM: A Musical Exhibition, Jacob's Pillow, Once On This Island and over 40 additional productions as well as lead producer for the Off-Broadway run of Hot Mess In Manhattan. David is the librettist/lyricist for Summer of My German Soldier and The Big Picture (w/Jim Farley) -  and is currently developing The Anxiety Project , Amelia and The Freakout of Emily Preston (w/Rachel Dean). David is a graduate of Wright State University (B.S.) with an M.A. in Theatre from Regent University.