Brenda Jean Foley | Panel Discussion
Brenda will be joined by Jane Vogel and Yasmin Ruvalcaba (Advance Gender Equity in the Arts) and Lindsey Gardner-Penner (The Bridge Initiative) for a panel discussion called "2020 Call To Action: What's On Your Calendar?"
About this session: Jane Vogel is bringing together a group of artists, activists, and organizations that have an action plan for advancing gender equity in theatre. AGE is planning a partnership/coalition project that links arts organizations together in their equity efforts. The goal of this session is to embrace and support efforts and actions that help birth a new gender-balanced cultural paradigm. We will brainstorm and disseminate ideas, link and leverage assets, network, and mobilizing resources.
Brenda Jean Foley is a professional AEA actress and artistic director of The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre, co-founded in 2015 with Tracy Liz Miller in Tempe, AZ. Foley has performed most recently locally with Arizona Theatre Company, iTheatre Collaborative, AC/TC, and new play readings with Stray Cat Theatre and Phoenix Theatre. Previously, she lived in NYC and performed off- and off-off-Broadway, on tour, in regional theatre, and internationally. She founded a theatre company, the Cockeyed Optimists, who were the first to revive John Cariani’s Almost, Maine in NYC. Also a writer, her screenplays have placed in national contests, and she wrote the book and contributed lyrics to an original musical, To Find Happy, which was part of the Emerging Artists Theatre New Works Festival in 2013 in NYC. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.