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I've heard it said that you shouldn't be in the music or theatre business unless you can't imagine doing anything else. That's part of why I do what I do. That is also why I love to teach children and adults to be better performers.

I started taking piano lessons when I was seven years old, but my interest and aptitude in music began at a very young age. When I was a toddler I picked up songs very quickly, (once informing my mother that she was singing out of tune). Probably the first song I learned on my own was a cigarette commercial from television.

 

 

I have been rockin’ since fourth grade, when I kept my classmates in for recess to start our own rock band. The rock band thing was actually successful in ninth grade when I put together an all-girl band for a variety show in high school called the “Billion Dollar Babies”. Our one song, “Born to Be Wild” was learned from a book, and our faces were painted like the members of KISS.

I attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, studying piano, clarinet, Javanese Gamelan, voice, conducting, acting, and dance. I received a BA from CUNY Hunter College in 2009 in Music with a minor in Theater, also studying French Language, modern French civilization and French women's literature.

I moved to New York City in 2002 from Portland, Oregon, where I had been working as a music director, accompanist, vocal coach, composer and arranger since 1986. I also have numerous credits as an actor, singer and dancer. Professional theatre credits (music direction, composition, sound design or acting) include:

Off Broadway: Big Apple Circus; American Girls Revue, Assistant Music Director; Trouble, Midtown International Theatre Festival; The Pirates of Finance, New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Off-Off-Broadway: Chess, The Full Monty, Bachelorette, 4Play, Nunsense, Torch Song Trilogy, Urinetown, and Puck’d (a punk rock adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – for which I co-composed the music with Billy Atwell).

I recently wrote and performed in my third one-woman show, "I've Got The Music In Me." My second one-woman show, “Hebomia: Will the real Brenna please stand up?” was produced after receiving a grant from the Performing Arts Fund at Hunter College. I am currently researching and writing a musical about 18th century French playwright and political activist Olympe de Gouges.