Kelly J. G. Bremner holds advanced degrees in both music and theatre, including a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her dissertation focused on multidisciplinary spaces between music, theatre, and dance, particularly the phenomenon of Total Theatre.  In addition to being a professor, Kelly is a freelance director and performer, particularly in opera and devised performance.  Her performance training includes both traditional and experimental theatre techniques.  Recent directorial credits include Labute’s The Shape of Things at Albion College, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in Edgerton, WI, Sophocles’s Electra for Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening Space in New York and the world premiere of Scott Gendel’s Iphigenia at Aulis in Madison, WI.  She has worked as an Assistant Director at Opera North in New Hampshire and she regularly assists for the Madison Opera as well. Recent devising credits include being a member of Richard Gough’s devising team for his performance of The Last Supper with the Arts Institute in Madison, The Fruit of All Evil for the University Theatre’s Open Stage program, and Greek to Me: A Choral Extravaganza of Mythic Proportions for the Madison Youth Choirs, where she staged close to 300 children in a devised performance.  In 2010, after five years of work, her latest devised project came to fruition in the form of Nick Lantz’s Across A Distance, a world premiere play for Deaf actor and operatic soprano.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison-Madison