Rene playing piano, center, surrounded by the cast for a rehearsal of his musical AN AMERICAN TOWN
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 body of work has featured 30 musical adaptations with over 500 original songs, performed in schools, theaters, and communities across the world. He has been teaching and working with kids and families for over 35 years.
As a member of the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music and Artistic Director of the Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative (BTAC), he teaches classes in musical theater, acting, and vocal performance; and leads a revolutionary musical theater program that champions the creation of original one-person shows, cabarets, and musicals.
A decade of his own work has been brought to the Berklee stage with his original Musical Theater for Young Audiences program - bringing local communities together with new shows for family audiences. In 2020, Rene created BTAC Around the World, an interactive hybrid education program where Berklee students collaborate in the classroom to write and stage 10 minute original musicals which are shared with students in other countries, fostering cultural exchange and creative collaboration.
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, theater, and community building. Rene’s 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.
Rene founded Make Your Life a Musical™ in 2006 - an event company that produces original musicals about people’s lives and was featured in both the New York Times and The Boston Globe. He is currently writing a book inspired by his journey and mission to foster community through musical theater.
“I write musicals. I write for the joy of writing and creating with others. Music and theater in their purest forms both started as ritual, a way to pass down communal stories. I write musicals for the joy of being with people and communities and the stories that we create together. It is my way of continuing that legacy. It’s why I started my company, Make Your Life a Musical. I did it to bring other people the same joy that I experienced teaching kids songs from my original musicals or any of the hundreds of projects I’ve worked on throughout my career.” - Rene Pfister from his upcoming book MAKE YOUR LIFE A MUSICAL
For more information on how to MAKE YOUR LIFE A MUSICAL with Rene visit: www.makeyourlifeamusical.com
He is directing his Alice in Wonderland in Beijing during the summer of 2023 and will return to the U.S. this fall to present a series of his one person shows at Don’t Tell Mama’s in New York City.
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 and is available for purchase on his site under the “Storybook Album” tab.