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College of Arts and Humanities

Brenda Hubbard, MFA

BRENDA HUBBARD (Professor Emeritus) was a professor in the Theatre Arts Department for 23 years where she variously served as Chair, Head of Performance, Graduate Coordinator, Professor and Director. During this career of service and achievement, she received the following awards: Parent’s Association Teaching Award, Woman of Achievement, and the first faculty Diversity Award for fostering diversity and inclusivity on campus. In addition, she was awarded numerous certificates of merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her directing and sound design. For Central Theatre Ensemble she directed, acted in, designed or wrote over 32 productions.Brenda has continued her professional career spanning over 40 years of experience as an actor, director, playwright and artistic director, having worked with some of the leading theatres in the nation including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, and San Jose Repertory Theatre, among others. A BFA graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, she also earned her MFA in directing from the University of Portland. A member of Actors Equity Association since 1978 and AFTRA/ SAG since 1975, Brenda has appeared in hundreds of radio and television commercials, as well as several feature films and television shows.

Brenda has also served as the artistic director of two professional theatre companies. At Portland Repertory Theatre she directed 15 productions during her five-year tenure with the company and also created the sound design for thirty productions. At the time she resigned, Portland Rep was 95% subscribed and the oldest professional AEA theatre in Portland. For her accomplishments at the Rep she received Drammy awards for "Best Show" and "Best Director" for her productions of Home and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? For Laughing Horse Summer Theatre she directed five productions, acted in three and also served as a co- set designer, designing the sets for the 1998 season.

As a playwright Brenda had written two original full length plays, Concrete Dreams and DOUBLE EXPOSURE and created adaptations of Sleeping Beauty and A Christmas Carol.  She continues to teach and direct around the country and also continues her work as a writer and is engaged in creating her first full length novel, Ohio Girl, and an historical biography about a formerly enslaved African American, Wheeling Gaunt, who became a philanthropist.

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