Brenda Varda

Composer Librettist Lyricist Playwright

A playwright, composer/lyricist, performer and educator, Brenda has worked with a large number of new works in Los Angeles, at such theatres as Bootleg, Sacred Fools, Unknown Theatre, the Met, and more.   Her own theatre works include Fables Du Theatre, Liquid, A Play In a Restaurant With a Piano and A Bar, Alice Through the Wormhole and Things That Fall From the Sky (ACTF award).  Varda’s work has received support from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCIRA Emerging Artist Fund, the L.A. History Project, Edge Fest, the Mellon Foundation, and the Gluck Foundation.  She currently teaches Psychology of Cinema/Performance and is also the founder of Wordspace (an L.A. based organization for writers), one of the founders of Circle Readings, and a member of Fellswoop Playwrights.  She has a band that does original jazz/Americana.  

Highlights

PLAYWRITING and DIRECTION

A Wasted evening with Tom Lehrer, Cal Tech, Writer/Director/Musical Director
Women’s Nite Out – Live Los Angeles talk show
Nine Dresses  Hollywood Fringe Festival, Writer/Producer/Performer
Producer's Award, Best Cabaret Nominee
Alice Through the Wormhole, Caltech, Writer-Composer- Lyricist (Musical Director) They Promised Her the Moon, Mach 33 Festival – Cal Tech:  director
Numbers, New Play at The Vagrancy (Tactical Reads):  director
Rent, California Institute of Technology: director
Reactor: Simple, Clean, Efficient,  Son of Semele Ensemble:  writer/director           Lunar Tunes, music and lyrics, Sacred Fools; composer/lyricist
Things that Fall From the Sky, Barn Theatre,
Liquid, Unknown Theatre, Los Angeles: playwright
What Pola Wants in L.A. Views II, Company of Angels: playwright
A Play in a Restaurant with a Piano and a Bar-Yale Cabaret (reading)
Cyberlilly:  UCIRA multimedia presentation: Fall 2008; writer/perfomer
Fables du Theatre, Unknown Theatre –  August/September 2008:
Nominated for L.A. Weekly Award: new play
Jackalling – Company of Angels:  playwright
Rubes and Reality – UCR, Golden Mean:  playwright
Impossible Movies, EdgeFest Los Angeles:  Writer/Performer
Making Love in Supermarkets, Playworks – UCR: playwright
Big Baby, Unknown Theater – One-Act Festival: Playwright
Wilshire Words, L.A. Conservancy- Writer/Performer/Producer  - Multimedia
The Extra, Sacred Fools -  Composer and Lyricist-workshop musical
The Spanish Café, L.A. History Project - Writer/Co-director - Multimedia
Mad Blue Demon of the Night -Sacred Fools-Book/Music/Lyrics – Co-Director
The Wench Upon the Stage - Sacred Fools-Book/Music/Lyrics

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS 
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE – Nine Dresses – Nominated Best Cabaret/Producer’s Award 2016
SOLO CREATION FESTIVAL – Son of Semele: 2016
ARC GRANT (Durfee) Center for Cultural Innovation: 2012 - R e a c t o r: simple clean efficient
UCIRA Emerging Artist’s Grant  2009
Regional Playwriting Award: American College Theatre Festival 09:  -“Things That Fall From the Sky” Mellon Humanities Workshop Grant 2008-09: Convergence of Cultures: Science/Art
LA Weekly Award Nomination- Best Play for “Fables Du Theatre”- 2009
UCR Humanities Grant (for production of original work LA), 2008
Gluck Fellowship, University of California, Riverside – 2007-2009
Edge Fest Grant, New Works Festival, Los Angeles, Impossible Movies, 2007
UCR - Chancellors Fellowship, 2006
Los Angeles Conservancy, Performance Grant, Wilshire Words, 2005
Los Angeles History Project, Performance Grant, 2005, The Spanish Café