Kirsten Brandt

Kirsten Brandt

Theater Arts
Acting Teacher, Content Creator, Playwright, Stage Director and Theatre Director

Boulder Creek, California

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About Kirsten

Kirsten Brandt is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice embraces inquiries into gender, social and environmental justice, and the intersection of theatre and technology. . An award-winning theatrical director, playwright, and producer with over 20 years of experience, her passion lies in igniting the imagination of audiences through visceral storytelling and visual poetry to encourage dialogue and ethical engagement. She specializes in Musical Theatre, Experimental Theater, devised and ensemble-created events, Shakespeare, and the intersection of live performance and digital media.

For seven years, she served as Executive Artistic Director of the Sledgehammer Theatre (San Diego’s leading alternative theater) where she produced 25 productions including 11 world premieres, five west coast premieres, and directed 15 productions. Brandt served as Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre where she directed over half a dozen shows while serving as casting director, literary manager, and mentor for the Emerging Artists Lab.

She has directed for The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Arizona Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory, City Lights Theatre, African-American Shakespeare Company, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, The Jewel Theater, North Coast Repertory, Diversionary Theatre, Show & Tale Productions (Canada), Playwrights Project, and Sierra Rep. She has directed readings and workshops for NYU (Strasberg Studio), New Dramatists, San Francisco Playhouse, New Fortune Theater, Mo’olelo Theatre, and ASK Theatre Projects.

As a playwright, her plays/musicals have been produced at Sledgehammer Theater, Unbound Productions (Wicked Lit), The Old Globe, The Raven Theatre (Chicago), City Lights Theatre, Southwestern College and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

As an educator, Brandt has taught or directed for UC Santa Cruz (continuing lecturer), UC Davis (Granada Artist in Residence), UC San Diego, and American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA Program. She is currently Assistant Professor of Musical Theater at San Jose State University.
She received her BA in Theatre from UC San Diego where she took part in the Education Abroad Program in Birmingham, England. Her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College focuses on gender in performance, performative technologies, and environmental justice. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, The Dramatists Guild of America, and the National Theatre Conference. Ms. Brandt is an Instigator with the Bay Area Women’s Theater Festival 2020 and previously served on the Theatre Bay Area Gender Parity Committee.

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