A.A. Brenner (they / them) is a playwright, dramaturg, and New Yorker.
A.A.'s writing blends naturalistic dialogue with heightened realism to explore queer, trans, Jewish, and disability themes, challenging both societal power structures and theatrical form.
Their 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. Additionally, A.A. was a Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship, and is one of the inaugural recipients of the Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman Award.
Most recently, A.A. was named a Finalist for the London-based Platform Presents 2021 Playwright's Prize and the 2021 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series, and has been a writer-in-residence at New York Stage and Film's 2021 Summer Season and The Lark's Beyond the Binary initiative for trans and nonbinary writers.
Currently, A.A. lives on the Upper West Side on Lenape-Wappinger land and is a third-year MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts. Outside of theatre, they're also a 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 incredibly photogenic cockapoo, Cody.