Brian started his career in the New York theater scene, performing on Broadway in Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning Lost in Yonkers and off-Broadway in Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves, directed by the late Mike Nichols. Brian went on to work with Nichols in multiple films including, Wolf, Primary Colors, the Emmy award winning mini series Angels in America and Charlie Wilson's War. In 2016, Brian directed Haberdashery Theatre Company's The Motherfucker with the Hat at The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC.
He has worked extensively with Woody Allen, appearing in Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Other film credits include Godzilla, Shooter and Enemy of the State. Brian has over 150 television credits, including the critically acclaimed AMC series Mad Men, the award winning series Fargo, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, The Romeo Section, Continuum and the miniseries’ Unspeakable and Klondike. Brian was nominated for a Gemini award for his role as James Roszko in the film Mayerthorpe. Brian can currently be seen in the APTN series Tribal.
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Agam Darshi Actor, Writer, Director. (view credits on IMDb.com)
"I have been a fan of Brian's work for many years. So being able to work with him, has been illuminating and inspiring. For me, finding excitement for a project is the biggest hurdle sometimes, and Brian seems to have an unending well of love and joy for the craft that is contagious. His connection to breath and body is a game changer for me, as that's such a powerful 'in' to character. He brings so much presence to the moment with his students."
Mark Hildreth Actor, Voice Actor. (view credits on IMDb.com)
"At Railtown Actors Studio, I feel like I’ve finally found a home to study at when I’m in Vancouver Brian and his Railtown scene study class are magic. His enthusiasm for teaching and for the craft of acting is infectious. He is a consummate professional and a joy to work with. He does what the best teachers do: shows you not what to see but where to look."
Sarah-Jane Redmond Actor. (view credits on IMDb.com)
"I have enjoyed thus far a successful career in film and television, but longed to go back to my theatre roots. I missed the passion and excitement and rush I felt when diving into a play, exploring the rich characters, and the safety of a place where you can make mistakes and reach the depths that feel so cathartic. When a spot came up in Brian Markinson's class at Railtown Actors Studio, I leapt at it. I don't know why I waited so long to go back to doing something that is so incredibly rewarding! Brian's wealth of knowledge, experience, passion, and heart are enormous and I am very fortunate to have this opportunity, I feel inspired again, and I remember why I started this journey of becoming an 'actor'. Railtown's environment and enrollment was top notch, and it makes me feel like I'm in the theatre district in New York. I had forgotten my roots, and I am so very glad to be back! Thank-you to Brian and Railtown Actor's Studio."