Passionate College Theatre Professor Wins SCHEV Award

Posted on: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Brent Treash

Dr. Kelly Bremner, an Emory & Henry College theatre professor, has been honored with the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award given by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV).

Bremner, who will receive the award in February during a ceremony in Richmond, has been repeatedly recognized for her success as a theatre director and producer and for her mentorship of students who have won major regional and national theatre competitions.

A Passionate College Theatre Professor Dr. Kelly Bremner is an award-winning and passionate college theater professor at Emory & Henry College in southwest Virginia

According to E&H President Jake Schrum, Bremner not only teaches theatre students how to act; she teaches them how to break down the invisible walls between the stage and the audience and between audiences and the outside world.

She encourages her students to understand that they have the power to move audiences to not only reflect on what they see on stage, but to help those audiences relate to a play’s message and even to act upon it.

Jake Schrum
21st President of Emory & Henry College in Southwest Virginia (SWVA)

Her award represents the 19th state or national award given to an E&H professor in the last 29 years, including 9 awards in the last 10 years. The most recent award came in November, when an E&H English professor Nicole Drewitz-Crockett was honored by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

A member of the E&H faculty since 2010, Bremner has directed numerous plays that have enjoyed large audiences and critical acclaim, including numerous Meritorius Achievement awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and also done extensive work with the Washington County Public Schools.

In much of her work, Bremner seeks to connect theatre productions to audiences in ways that will lead to positive social action. For example, in 2012, the E&H Theatre Department under her leadership was selected to produce the Virginia version of a nation-wide election-year production of  “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” which was tied to a nationwide voter registration drive, and in 2016 she directed the college premiere of Ayad Ahktar's "Disgraced" along side extensive talkbacks with visitors from a nearby mosque.

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