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Bren McElroy

Program Director & Lead Coach

​Bren holds her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater and was honored with the coveted Professional Theater Internship (PTI) position in the ACT Company. She received her BA in Theater from Kenyon College, where she was awarded the Joanne Woodward Acting Trophy. She also studied acting at the British American Drama Academy (London), Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University. In the NSDA, in Dramatic Interpretation (DI), Bren is a National Champion, a 3 time State Champion, a 3 time National qualifying Champion, and a Harvard Tournament winner;  She is very proud to be apart of the the Milton Academy team with Randy McCutcheon in '87, winning Nationals/ Sweepstakes and doing it again in '88. Her Acting has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Boston Shakespeare Company. Bren has coached at several summer Speech programs including Forensics Debate and IE Forum and Nova University - she regularly coached speech for Stuyvesant High School and Milton Academy. She most recent coached at the Tremont  School and at Nobles & Greenough, where she was their dialect coach for the Irish play, The Cripple of Innishman.  She opened her own coaching Studio, Communication Matters Studio in 2016 when she returned from Dublin in 2016.  As a professional actor, Bren has performed in theaters across the United States, Ireland and the U.K. Productions include Lynn Nottage’s world premiere of Las Meninas at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the premiere of The Robb’d That Smiled at the Dublin Fringe Festival, The Comedy of Errors at the Tricycle Theatre in London, Othello at the American Conservatory Theater, and The Theory of Seduction at the Apollinaire Theatre. Bren was a morning news reporter for KPFK in Los Angeles and has performed in numerous voiceover commercials. She is best known for her role as Cassandra Hudson in RTE 1's Fair City in Dublin, Ireland. Her commitment to honest/ clean work remains a number 1 priority in her many functions as a performer, mentor and coach.

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