Brynne O’Rourke (they/them) is a white, Transfemme director, multidisciplinary artist, teaching artist, and poet dedicated to anti-oppressive practices and imaginings for a more just world. As a theatre practitioner, Brynne commits themself to stories that challenge and expand definitions of performance in ways that uplift the project of liberation. They are a member of the F.U.N. (FiercedUntamedNiñes) Collective, Pride Youth Theatre Alliance, Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network, and Trans Writers Union. They co-founded and co-produced the first-ever Gallatin Mental Health Arts Festival.
In 2023, they are a recipient of a teaching artist mentorship through NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, an Artist Residency with Motive Brooklyn, and an Artist-Activist fellowship with EmergeNYC. They recently finished a micro-residency working on their project, Stitching Grief, with Loisaida Inc. Center. Their work as a director, playwright, and performer has been showcased at Fiasco Theater Company, Dixon Place, WOW Cafe Theater, The Tank, The Brick, The Flea, The Kraine Theater, usagi gallery, Skidmore College, among others.
As a teaching artist, Brynne has worked with Brooklyn Arts Council, Arts For All, Franklin Furnace Fund, PRY SAFE, WSR Signature Theatre, Elmwood Day Camp, and IlluminArt. They also co-teach an MSW course on Applied Theatre and Social Work at Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work. Brynne has produced and co-created many Applied Theatre projects. Brynne holds an MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY School of Professional Studies. www.brynneorourke.com IG: @ksbrennan1