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A.A. Brenner

Based in New York City

They / Them / He • Member Since 2020

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My Story

A.A. Brenner (they / them) is a playwright, dramaturg, and New Yorker. Their writing blends naturalistic dialogue with heightened realism to explore queer, Jewish, and disability themes, challenging both societal power structures and theatrical form. A.A.'s plays have been produced or commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, National Disability Theatre, CO/LAB Theatre Group, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Fellows Consortium), Three Muses Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Inc., The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, and The Hangar Theatre Lab Company; their play for all audiences, EMILY DRIVER'S GREAT RACE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE (co-written by Gregg Mozgala), was featured on the 2020 Kilroys List. Most recently, A.A. was named a Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship, the 2021 Platform Presents Playwrights Prize, and the 2021 Roundabout @ Columbia New Play Reading Series. ​ Currently, A.A. lives on Lenape land in Brooklyn, and is a recent graduate of Columbia University's MFA Playwriting program, as well as a current Writer / Producer at Epiq Media (as A. Ari Brenner). When not writing, they're probably watching baseball, working on a crossword (in pen), or taking photos of their cockapoo, Cody, who is really, really, ridiculously good-looking. (Website: aabrenner.com | Instagram: @a.a.brenner | Facebook: facebook.com/aabrenner | Twitter: @aa_brenner | New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/17071/aa-brenner)

Sexual Orientation
iSexual orientation describes a person's enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to another person.


Gender Identity
iOne’s internal, deeply held sense of gender. Some people identify completely with the gender they were assigned at birth (usually male or female), while others may identify with only a part of that gender, or not at all. Some people identify with another gender entirely. Unlike gender expression, gender identity is not visible to others.

Transmasculine / masculine-of-center / nonbinary

iRacial identity is the qualitative meaning one ascribes to one’s racial group, whereas ethnic identity is a concept that refers to one’s sense of self as a member of an ethnic group. At their core, both constructs reflect an individual’s sense of self as a member of a group; however, racial identity integrates the impact of race and related factors, while ethnic identity is focused on ethnic and cultural factors. We celebrate our Keys’ intersectionality and understand that creating one’s racial/ethnic identity is a fluid and nonlinear process that varies for every person. Many folks will identify with more than one background while others will identify with a single group more broadly.

White / Ashkenazi Jewish


Playwright / Dramaturg / Librettist

Unions & Affiliations

Non-union, Dramatists Guild of America




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