Rhett is an actor and a Founding Artistic Director of The Outfit, a theatre company in New York City. Their original production of Jester’s Dead: a Top Gun Shakesparody was proclaimed, “critically acclaimed” by The New York Times. Rhett has appeared on stage with Portland Center Stage (Oregon), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC), Shakespeare on the Sound (Connecticut), Second Thought Theatre (Dallas), and Epic Theatre Ensemble (New York), among others. Rhett appeared in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire; and has done several collaborations with Sunnyside Films – including the popular web series iChannel, and feature film The Last Day of August, called an “intelligent drama” by The New York Times. Rhett most recently played Casca in the forthcoming Julius Caesar adaptation Ambition's Debt (2017) . Rhett and his wife Nicole Brydson are the team behind Misfit Media, a creative digital agency with a focus on using open source tools to empower artists.
Henry IV Part 1 & 2
Shakespeare Theatre Company
"Rhett Henckel parlays a truly spectacular Scottish accent into a riveting and nuanced portrayal of a soldier celebrated for his bravery."
- Sophia Howes, DCMetroTheatreArts, April 16, 2014
"Rhett Henckel plays Thomas Mowbray, the cleverest among the rebels and the one who accurately predicts when things will go wrong...not just intelligence but a canny grasp of how the world actually works. Henckel displays his doubts with honesty and flair."
- Sophia Howes, DCMetroTheatreArts, April 19, 2014
Second Thought Theatre
Melancholy Brilliance in Second Thought's Dying City
"Rhett Henckel as Peter/Craig [is] urgent, effusive and somber."
- Christopher Soden, Dallas GLBT Arts Examiner, June 29, 2011
"In scenes that shift forward and back in time, Henckel portrays both brothers. That sounds gimmicky, but Henckel makes the transitions subtle ... Director Trull and his actors handle Dying City with exquisite care. Heid and Henckel excel at the style of natural, unfussy acting that Second Thought has rediscovered in their three-show comeback season this year. They're back in a groove, this bunch. Can't wait to see what they do next."
- Elaine Liner, Dallas Observer, June 23, 2011
"Henckel’s challenge, a formidable one at that, is to play both brothers, who are very different men, as fully realized persons and not just caricatures. ... Henckel interprets the “dependable,” yet flawed brother as an outspoken, type A personality, but with touching vulnerability. Henckel’s Peter is a bundle of relationship-challenged boundless energy that wants to share too much. It’s a mini master class of multiple personality acting at its finest, and Henckel garners success in both his iterations."
- Lance Lusk, D Magazine, June 20, 2011
"Henckel played the title role in Shakespeare Dallas’ Hamlet a decade ago but hasn’t been seen here since. It’s nice to have some fresh faces on stage, and the performers make good choices. Henckel, for instance, doesn’t use gimmicks to differentiate the brothers, but builds each character detail by detail."
- Lawson Taitte, Dallas Morning News, June 17, 2011