Brennan O’Rourke is a queer, trans-femme theatre practitioner, poet, freelance costume designer, arts educator and stage manager. While at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, they investigated theatre and its relationship to communities’ histories, identities and memories in efforts to create and imagine justice. In addition to working with PRY SAFE as a Sexual Health Educator and Performance Facilitator, Brennan works as a program manager and teaching artist for Arts For All, and as a teaching artist with Illuminart Productions on Staten Island. Brennan was a performing arts producer for the Gallatin Arts Festival in April 2018 and co-created/directed the Gallatin Mental Health Arts Festival in November 2017.

Their play, your own kind of normal, about the trauma of mental health, queerness and family premiered at the Gallatin Arts Festival in April 2018, and was recently produced as a staged workshop at Dixon Place in October. Brennan’s short play, it’s a blur, will premiere at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in October 2018. Brennan’s oral poetry debut was at the Nasty Women Unite Fest in June 2018. Jejune Magazine published their poetry from NWUF in July 2018. Brennan spoke about the power of embodied memories and practices and their relationship to social activism in April 2018 at the Gallatin Senior Symposium.

Brennan is pursuing an MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY SPS. Follow Brennan on Instagram (@ksbrennan1) to learn more about their upcoming projects.

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