BREN DUBAY

Coming Home to Write

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Welcome to this work in progress … a website in its early stages. Have you ever gotten sidetracked? For a number of years, my focus was writing. Then it wasn’t. I got distracted trying to save the world. I got distracted more than once getting this website going. Time to get back on track.

Writing is nothing if not about discipline and accountability. This site is meant to help with both. Come by often and see if it is working.

Writing and writing about writing.

Bren

Recent Blog Posts

Much Ado

Porn?

Once upon a time, I was so young I thought all artists were progressives. I had taken the long way round to writing but there I was, a finalist for The Texas Playwrights’ Festival

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Much Ado

Use Your Hands

Not that I go around dreaming about biblical characters or saints … but Joseph showed up the other night. Yeah, that Joseph.

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Much Ado

Like Lazarus

A memory surfaced. What does it mean that it had been submerged, the hatch slammed shut, locked tight for years and years? Nothing? Maybe not.

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Accountability

So, I asked Katie if she would be game to pick up the accountability emails again … read more

Writing Groups

One way to be more accountable about your writing is to join a writing group … read more

Composer/Lyricist

Eric Ian Farmer is composing the music and lyrics for my play Angleton Grillread more

Writing for Mystic Activists

A week with eleven fellow writers of enormous talent … read more

Writing About Writing

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Same Time, Same Place

“Write every single day at the same time and in the very same place.” … read more

The Secret Lives …

If discomfort can make you grow, I grew a lot by the time I finished this book … read more

What Are You Reading These Days?

If you want to write, you have to read … read more

Kindred Spirits

Brown had an idea for a screenplay. He took that idea and turned it into a novella … read more

What People are Saying

Bren’s unfaltering belief in the value of theater and her relentless passion for creating has changed me as an artist and as a person …
Michael Harren
Composer | Musical Performance Artist
I would characterize Bren’s writing as character-driven, enigmatic, almost mystical … Bren’s own background as an actor and director serves her well in that her plays are solidly stage-worthy …
Neil “Sandy” Havens
Professor Emeritus | Theatre | Rice University
Bren continues to be an inspiration as an artist who charts her own fiercely independent course through life while remaining deeply committed to the building and sustaining of community …
Kyle Henry
Filmmaker, Assistant Professor | Northwestern University
An enormous talent, Bren’s work is inventive and versatile in its scope. She is a writer whose work speaks to the human spirit …
Suzanne Phillips Jennings
Adjunct Theatre Instructor | Prairie View A&M University
As a director working with Bren … I found her Zen-like in her patience, shrewd in her analysis, cogent in her probing, welcoming to all input and enthusiastic in her willingness to work … 
Terence Lamude
Playwright/Director
Bren has the rare combination of genuine demonstrated talent in her own work and the ability to foster, with compassion and understanding, like talents in young students …
Jeffrey Green
Professor & Chair | Theater, Communication & Media Arts | Georgia Southwestern State University | Artistic Director | Rylander Theater/CP Productions | Immediate Past Chair | Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival – Region 4
Bren Dubay is a unique voice in American theatre. She needs to be heard and her plays need to be produced …
Ted Swindley
Playwright/Director | Author of ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE | Founding Artistic Director of | Stages Repertory Theatre | Houston, Texas
Bren puts all her resources behind whatever project she takes on, in the meanwhile drawing on every talent—recognized or hidden—of her co-conspirators in artistic creation …
Suzanne Savoy
SAG/AFTRA/AEA
Bren knocked our socks off … she is one of those rare talents who has a distinct voice that is rich in culture and character. Though her primary background is in playwriting … her voice would make a major contribution to whatever genre in which she chooses to write …
Bryan Coley
Artistic Director, Art Within