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Jackie Brenneman


Storytelling has always been at the heart of everything I do. I started college as a musical theater major but then pivoted to Anthropology to deepen my interest in the impact of culture on personality and behavior. However, I continued my theatrical education at NYU in a number of ways including: taking part in the CAP21 musical theater summer intensive; performing and directing shows at NYU; and participating in a number of choirs. I also wrote lyrics for NYU’s parody show, FNYU, that are still done today (one was a parody of If I Were a Rich Man titled If I Were a Tisch Man; another was set to Do-Re-Mi and was titled Floor Meeting).

I have a day job that I am very proud of as the General Counsel & Director of Industry Relations of the National Association of Theatre Owners, which has meant I had to innovate to keep theater and creativity as a significant part of my life. To that end, I established Conundrum Theatre Company in 2014 along with a number of other working professionals to bring high-quality theater to those with the scheduling constraints of a typical day job. In my role with Conundrum Theatre Company, I have been a producer, director, writer, and/or performer in over a dozen productions ranging from original musicals, staged readings, and a large full-scale professional production of Funny Girl. Conundrum is dedicated to doing modern interpretations of classic musicals or rarely-done productions. In each production a focus on the connection between lyric, music, character, plot and themes is key to my approach.

As a lyricist, I have written two mini-musicals - Covid Baking Competition: The Musical (20 minutes) and Quarantine Breakup (10 minutes), both centered around problems unique to the current Coronavirus situation in the world and how people deal with it. I have also been working on a full-length musical since 2019 titled The Escapist, which is based on Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

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Burbank   CA