Brenda Withers

When I’m not writing plays, I spend a lot of time acting, directing, and helping to run the Harbor Stage Company, a magical theater on the shores of Cape Cod.

Sometimes I perform in my own work and sometimes I work at terrific places like Actors Theatre of LouisvilleHartford StageFirelight Theatre WorkshopMcCarter Theatre, and the Guthrie.  Join the theater, see the world.

My plays have been produced at places like Portland Stage, Urbanite TheatreAmphibian Stage Productions, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, HERE, Performance Space New York, and Square Product Theatre and have been the recipients of the Clauder Prize and an Edgerton Award.  I studied drama and religion at Dartmouth College, and have enjoyed playwriting residencies with New Georges, the Camargo Foundation, and the Huntington Theatre Company.

​​I believe in theater as a democratizing force, something that can breed healthy discussion amongst people from all walks of life.  I aim to create work that acts as a catalyst for compassion, delight, and civil debate in a larger arena.  I’m deeply curious about the connection between the personal and the political and love funny plays about serious stuff.