Campus Address: Rockwell 203
Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Goddard
Bachelors of Arts and Letters (Summa Cum Luade) Buffalo State, State University of New York
Vocal Performance Major Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Performer. Storyteller. Vocalist. Actress. Teacher. Healer.
A committed, diverse creator and performer.
From operas to plays to her own devised work, Kelly brings great passion and dedication to arriving at the truth of each character and performance moment whether embodying an aria of heartache, or lobbing sarcastic comebacks in a farcical play. Rooted in appreciation of the myriad personal qualities of those around her, Kelly has a keen sense of empathy and kinesthetic understanding, which has enabled her to portray a colorful assortment of characters in a range of venues. Theater allows us to open our understanding of our shared humanity; it shows the world from another’s perspective and invites you on their journey. Kelly has tremendous respect for the craft and the exploration of performing and is constantly seeking opportunities to stretch her creative endeavors.
The development and performance of socially engaged works is the mainstay of her creative practice and Kelly created two original pieces in the hope to elicit healthy trans-formative dialogue.
The Gift: Encountering Life, Love & Loss
This undertaking spans several art forms, from pop tunes to arias, from still images to improvisational dance, from poetry to monologues, and from tales of ghosts to tangible loss. Every piece of this performance has been removed from its foundation and placed just outside its intended platform. As it echoes the stages of grief, which can never be structured or choreographed, it hopes to bring an acceptance to everyone’s journey of loss.
Gone are the days of folded notes and whispers that take time to travel. In their place is one click and millions of shares. Technology has surpassed our emotional evolution. The onslaught of aggression that is now psychological bullying can be a deadly weapon within this new digital society.
Humanizing the trauma of bullying in a performance piece where the psychological damage can be embodied and openly expressed will hopefully allow for a substantive empathetic experience among viewers.
Witnessing residual trauma which impacts the life and decisions of the victim as an adult can be a powerful theatrical device. It allows those would-be aggressors to recognize their role in the cascading aftermath of their choices.
The hope is to prompt discussion and awareness of intersecting societal dynamics resulting from bullying. It’s for those within a community to recognize when someone has been left behind, socially and emotionally abandoned by their peers and an easy target for a predator.
Embodying the experience and sound of another woman from another space and time is a tremendous honor. As an actress and vocalist, Kelly centers the creation of a character around the characters truth and voice.
With nearly 20 years in professional theater and over 40 productions throughout her career, it has been Kelly’s creative pleasure to portray a colorful assortment of women on virtually every stage in the region.
The Artie awards committee has honored her work in productions with 19 nominations and 6 wins, including productions with Kavinoky Theater, New Phoenix Theater, Torn Space, and Irish Classical Theater.
Buffalo Spree also honored her work with their “Best of WNY award for Best Actress”
Kelly serves her voice and theater students based entirely on their needs. Each lesson is grounded in progressive pedagogy, where dialogue and reflection are pivotal to comprehension and growth.
She has successfully taught a diverse student population ranging from kindergarten through the collegiate level. Kelly is skilled in evaluating student needs and developing: teaching strategies, practical and engaging exercises, and lesson plans based on individual goals. She is proficient in involving, motivating and leading students to achieve personal and professional performance goals by working within these categories:
Some reviews of Kelly Meg Brennan’s work:
"Kelly Meg Brennan holds the eerily lit venue at 44 17th Street in Buffalo for 80 ripping minutes as she portrays over 20 characters in a one-woman monologue portraying the last night of Jack the Ripper's final victim, Mary Jane Kelly. Speaking to an unseen person (Jack, himself?) she describes her life and the circumstances that brought her to her present situation, an "unfortunate" as the Victoria press called sex workers. It's not about Jack, though. It's about Mary and Ms. Brennan has the audience wrapped around her little finger in wrapt attention. If they don't extend the run, it will close on Saturday."
-Peter Hall & Anthony Chase
"Kelly Meg Brennan gives a bravura performance as Petra, intimidating here, impulsive there, the approach to final implosion gradual and operatic. A stunning role, Brennan beautifully garbed by Melissa Meola - with credit to Brennan's "expansive closet." The extraordinary Brennan is aided by Kara Mckenney as Karin, likeable but maddening; the always precise Katie White."
“Kelly Meg Brennan as Gabriel’s wife, Gretta, adds a whole new layer of emotion. Gentle, sympathetic and ultimately quite vulnerable, Ms. Brennan offers a very real and undiscovered facet to the Conroy’s seemingly perfect marriage. It is a painful secret she keeps and the exquisitely genuine manner in which Greta holds, and then releases this secret produces a very rich tableau for Mr. Riggs, who takes full advantage. Together the couple delivers the knock-out which is at the heart of Joyce’s story."
"The Opera singer Kelly Meg Brennan beautifully carved the wistfulness of “Ah, Fors e Lui”, and prepared herself for losing love and life in “Addio de Passata”, both awesome sung with a cappella skill and clarity. Her arm upraised from shadow slowly dropped before the flames."
-Willy Rogue Donaldson
"The production looks glorious, and the entire cast clicks into the style of the piece with perfection. The laughs build momentum in waves, and embrace the entire theater. Kelly Brennan and Lona Geiser play Gwendolen and Cecily with flawless precision. Never a laugh is missed-unless it is lost in the audible glee of the audience over the one preceding."
"With her pleasing and confident voice, her sultry delivery and her easy command of the stage, Kelly Meg Brennan wows them as Jenny. At one point, Miss Brennan must sing while being turned slowly on a box by two actors-I wish they would cut it before she falls! She is too talented to lose"
"The dusky sensation, almost as if it were innately scripted by the performers, proceeded with the mezzo-soprano voice of Kelly Meg Brennan, (the Singer), who harbored a fiery, yet elegantly polished eclipse of the human spirit; a speechless foreshadowing, deeply encompassed with, at times, a melancholic tone, paralyzing the audience from viewing the play as most Americans do- a cheery 'good time'."