Brenda Kilianski


Brenda Kilianski was a founding member of the Chicago-based Dead Writers Theatre Collective and served as the Lead Dramaturg and Editor of their publication In Memoriam. Playwriting credits include Battle of Anzio (Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Festival; Dir. Beth Cummings; How Now Brown Couch Play Festival; Dir. Gabrielle Johansen), Free Radicals (Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Festival; Stockyards Theatre Project –World Premiere; Dir. Lydia Milman Schmidt), Loos Ends or A History of Two Broads in Two Acts (Dead Writers Theatre Collective Concert Staged Reading Series; Dir. Charlie McGrath), Me, Louise & The Queen of the Bs (Southampton International Playwriting Festival; Dir. Brian Clemente; Trellis Readings at the Greenhouse Theater Center; Dir. Carmen Cavello), Cut: A Restoration Drama (Southampton International Playwriting Festival; Dir. Jenna Mate), and No-Kill Shelter (Confetti Fest; Dir. Kat Fronheiser). Brenda worked as Dramaturg and Assistant Director for Circle Theatre’s production of The Women (Dir. Jim Schneider) and the Dead Writers Theatre Collective’s production of Lady Windermere’s Fan (Dir. Jim Schneider). Other dramaturgical credits include Albany Civic Theater’s production of Heidi Schreck’s Grand Concourse (Dir. Patrick White) and the Sand Lake Center for the Arts' production of Matt Pelfrey’s adaptation of John Ball's In The Heat Of The Night (Dir. Patrick White). Her play Free Radicals was published by Chicago Dramaworks in the Spring of 2016. Her fiction and poetry has been published in Chronogram, HalfHourToKillOnthebus, Shotgun HoneySpillway, and The Yard: Crime Blog. Brenda is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America. She lives in Albany, NY.


2018   Decentralized Grant - New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) - Individual Artist Commission 2017   Arts Center of the Capital Region - Nuts, Bolts, & Beyond - Entrepreneurial Artist Program 2016  AS220 Practice/Practice Residency 2016  Free Radicals published by Chicago Dramaworks