Everyone who knows Rene can attest to his energy, enthusiasm, kind-heartedness and talent, which radiates from everything he does. He is at his best working with kids - of all ages - and his writing overflows with joy and creativity, which any listener will immediately discover. His scores simply bubble with frolic and fun.
Broadway Conductor and Music Director
Rene Pfister’s performances have featured 30 musical adaptations with over 300 original songs.
He is Artistic Director of the Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative, where he has brought together world-renowned Berklee theater faculty to create a training program dedicated to the development and professional success of new musical theater writer-performers.
As a member of the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music, he teaches classes in musical theater, acting, and vocal performance; and directs the Musical Theater Ensemble and the Theater for Young Audiences Ensemble. Rene has produced and directed performances for the Berklee Performance Center since 2011, including the world debut of the new musical THE KISS in 2017, and his own musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, A LITTLE MISCHIEF, in 2015.
Rene graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music, and studied with master teacher Stella Adler, as well as Circle in the Square Playhouse, and Shakespeare & Company. His vocal training includes work with Paul Harman, Jean McLelland, Ellie Stone, and Matt DiBatista. Rene has acted, music directed, and directed regionally in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. His national and international performing credits include the 30th Anniversary European Tour of HAIR and OH, FIGARO! with The National Theater of the Deaf’s U.S. touring company.
As a solo artist and teacher, Rene has worked throughout New England, India, Africa, and China, appearing at peace conferences, colleges, summer camps, and schools to teach and perform his unique brand of music and theater. A multi-instrumentalist, Rene was the violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist in the folk duo BROTHER BLISS, a member of the quartet THE BROADWAY UNDERGROUND in New York City, and continues to play as the front man/violinist for the band PARIS.
In 2015 Rene was awarded The Guilford Residency from Berklee College of Music to create his ALICE IN WONDERLAND Storybook Musical recording released in 2017, now available to the public.
Rene playing piano, center, surrounded by the cast for a rehearsal of his musical AN AMERICAN TOWN