Kelly Bremner, Department Chair, holds advanced degrees in English, music and theatre, including a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her fascination with multidisciplinary spaces between music, theatre and dance led to a dissertation focused on political utopias tied to the phenomenon of Total Theatre. She is a specialist in musical performance, directing and civic engagement through performance. Bremner has received numerous grants to pursue her passion in creating new innovative musical performances and her work has been seen professionally in both the Midwest and the Northeast. Two new musicals have come from these endeavors, Across a Distance which combines deaf performance with operatic singing, and Unearthed  (developed and produced by Endstation Theatre Company in Lynchburg, VA) a work about the Blue Ridge mountains which blends bluegrass, opera and musical theatre with local concerns and content. Her expertise in singing-acting has been sought after by the Ryan Opera Center at the Chicago Lyric Opera. Her teaching has been recognized by the YWCA Tribute to Woman Awards for Excellence in Education and by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, including the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching at a liberal arts college.  


Dr. Bremner teaches courses in Directing, Applied Theatre, Devised Theatre, Theatre History and Script Analysis.

Educational Background

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