Brendan Pelsue

Librettist Playwright

Brendan Pelsue is a playwright, librettist, and translator whose work has been produced in New York and regionally. His play Wellesley Girl premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Hagoromo, a dance-opera piece for which he wrote the libretto, appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Pocantico Center, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Opera Recording category. Recent projects include a new translation and adaptation of Molière’s Don Juan at Westport Country Playhouse, and Read to Me at Portland Stage, where he won the Clauder Prize. He is currently working on a chamber opera titled One Thousand Years of Music and Two American for Theater Emory and a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities for The Alliance. Commissions include South Coast Repertory, American Opera Projects, Westport Country Playhouse, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Chateau de la Napoule, France, where he produced the podcast We Are Not These People.  Originally from Newburyport, MA, he received his MFA from Yale School of Drama and his BA from Brown University, where he received the Weston Prize in playwriting.


Wellesley Girl at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Hagoromo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Don Juan at the Westport Country Playhouse.

Read to Me at Portland Stage.