Brenda earned her undergraduate degree in theatre and music from Northwestern University and an MFA in theatre arts from the University of Iowa. She has 18 years experience teaching children's theatre. Before joining the faculty of WCTDC in 1998, she taught at the Children's Theatre of Western Springs in the Chicago are, working with students to create original dramas. During the summer of 2014, she taught theatre classes to children in Kenya. She has also performed in theatres in Chicago, Iowa and Kansas. For the past four seasons, Brenda has performed with the Wichita Grand Opera.