Kate Brennan is the recipient of a 2021 MAP Grant for her work with The Infinity Trilogy, a musical cycle created with David Lee White to encourage mentorship between fledgling artists and professionals. Her first book, elevated thoughts, co-created with Corinne Prudente, was released with Literati Press; her musical ALiEN8 is available with YouthPlays. Additionally, she wrote Some Assembly Required and ELFuego, both of which premiered in Philadelphia in 2010 and 2012 respectively, as well as What’s in Store, which was recently developed with Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival and named a semi-finalist for The O'Neill Playwriting Conference. She is the recipient of the 2020 OCU CAIRS Grant for collaboration between a professor and student for her development of Illuminate: A Myriodrama. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Dramatist, Howlround, and The New York Times. Kate runs The Brennan Book Blog and its accompanying podcast as well as The Fair Play Podcast.
Kate is a Designated Linklater Teacher, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Thai Bodyworker, Melt Hand & Foot Instructor and Artistic Director of Ignition Arts. She has taught at Oklahoma City University, McCarter Theatre Center, Walnut Street Theatre, St. Joseph’s University, Temple University, Tofte Lake Center and the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, among others.
Curious by nature, her research interests include long-form empathy-building through wellness and creativity, the science of breath, and healing through gut health. Her methodology, Brennan Check-In, cultivates more present, collaborative and self-sufficient artists who are agents of their own well-being.
She is not only interested in new work, but in creating new genres of work and new ways of working. She is committed to curiosity, collaboration and creating more - and more meaningful - roles for women.
Kate is in The Dramatist Guild, AEA and VASTA and holds an MFA from The University of Virginia.
A member of AEA, some of Kate's performance credits include: Angels in America, Parts I & II (Harper, BCKSEET Productions), Fatebook (Zo Ex, New Paradise Laboratories), [title of show] (Susan, Mauckingbird Theatre Co., Philly Premiere), Bachelorette (Katie, Luna Theatre Co.), Tooth & Claw (Ana u/s, Arden Theatre Co., World Premiere), Roundelay (Sonya/Pilar, Passage Theatre Co.), Live Stream (Marcy, Bristol Riverside Theatre), Dead Man's Cell Phone (Jean, Simpatico Theatre Project), Hedda Gabler (Hedda, UVA MFA), & The Assassination of Jesse James (Charles Ford, EgoPo Classic Theatre).