Anna Brennen received her formal theatre training at Carnegie Mellon and the University of California, Berkeley. She studied with Sandy Meisner (Neighborhood Playhouse), Mira Rostova (Moscow Art Theatre), Wynn Handmann (American Place) and Lloyd Richards (Yale University Drama School).
Anna’s professional acting credits include understudying Colleen Dewhurst in Hamlet and the three leads in Much Ado About Nothing for the New York Shakespeare Festival. She appeared with the Theatre for New York City, Playwrights Horizons and the Chelsea Theatre, and directed plays in California and New York before coming to Tampa Bay.
As a playwright, Anna’s first play, Sleepless Dancer (Victims 3), had an Equity showcase production at N.E.T.W.O.R.K. in New York City in 1980. She received a Florida Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship in 1981 and in 1989, received an Emerging Artists grant from the Hillsborough County Arts Council for her new play, Echo Nevada. Anna Brennen has produced or directed more than 90 mainstage shows in Tampa.
In 2006, Anna was given the Artist of the Year Award by the Mayor of the City of Tampa, Pam Iorio. Honored by the Rotary Club of Tampa’s 2014 Unsung Hero Award and Theatre Tampa Bay’s 2014 Visionary Award.