Brendan is a professional playwright, librettist, and translator whose work has been produced in New York and nationally. He currently teaches at Rutgers University. Past teaching experience includes Wesleyan University, as well as secondary schools in Massachusetts and India. He enjoys tutoring French and literature, since he uses these subjects in his professional life. When he is not writing, teaching, or tutoring, he likes cooking, reading, sailing, hiking, skiing and generally being outside. He recently purchased his first home, so he is also learning to garden. He is originally from Newburyport, MA, and holds a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama.
Education: Brown University
Undergrad Major: Literary Arts
Other Degrees/Minors: MFA in Playwriting Yale University
Awards & Honors: Founders Prize, the school's highest award for academic achievement and community participation.
Interests & Activities: Theater, including Molière performed in French; Improvisation; cross country team; student teacher for lower school; community service at local nursing home.
SAT Scores: 750 Verbal, 650 Math
AP Exams: 5 French
SAT Subject Tests: 800 Literature, 790 French, 780 Writing, 760 World HIstory
Other Awards: Professionally: Grammy award nomination (first round ballot) for libretto to "Hagoromo"; Clauder Prize for best play written in New England; Chateau de la Napoule Foundation residency and fellowship
In graduate school: Cheryl Crawford Scholarship to Yale School of Drama
In undergraduate: Irving Lysander Foster Prize for Excellence in French Studies; Lisa Beth Feldman Prize for Excellence in Fiction Writing; Weston Prize for Excellence in Playwriting; Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellent in Expository Writing; Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award; Phillips Scholarship; BA with Honors
Other Interests & Activities: In college, I was active in theater and performed regularly in an improv troupe; I wrote multiple plays that were performed by fellow students. I also worked as a French-English translator on a Knowledge Attitudes Practices (KAP) study conducted by Brown University Medical School in Bamako, Mali. During my junior year, I lived in Paris, and received a semester's credit for time spent working in the offices of La Comedie-Française, the national theater of France.
Since graduating from college, I have worked professionally as a teacher, French-English translator, and playwright. My work has been staged at major venues around the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Westport Country Playhouse, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Location: Princeton, NJ