Brenda L Huggins is a theater and opera director, puppeteer, costuming professional, actor, and singer in NYC. With a deep interest in new works, Brenda has directed premieres of a new mask play in iambic, Cupid and Psyche, at Emerson College (2009), Three Women And a Bear at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (2010), The Misery Play at Puppet Showplace Theater (2011), 334 Bunnies (2012) at the Longy School of Music and The Rough Faced Girl, a touring children’s opera (2012). In March of 2016, Ms. Huggins directed contemporary opera "An Embarrassing Position" by American Composer, Dan Shore.
In 2014, Brenda was invited by Eve Budnick, artistic director of Opera del West, to direct the opera adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull by American composer, Thomas Pasatieri. Eve was looking for a director passionate about handling the drama of an opera with the strong artistic vision of a theater director, and the ability to work with young post-grad singers to encourage their growth as actors. The success of The Seagull led to more collaboration in 2015 with a production of The Marriage of Figaro to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary season followed by Donizetti's Don Pasquale in the summer of 2016. Additional collaborations with Opera del West includes "Opera in Portraits" with a double bill featuring Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon and Signor Deluso by Thomas Pasatieri in March, 2017.
As an Assistant Director, Ms. Huggins has worked with the Connecticut Early Music Festival, Commonwealth Opera, Lowell House Opera, and the Boston Opera Collaborative serving as an acting and puppetry coach.
Ms. Huggins is also a passionate teaching artist with an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her background in classical vocal music as a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Music lead her to develop a unique approach to voice performance that is a combination of techniques from across music and theatre disciplines. Brenda has taught this innovative philosophy in the Greater Boston Area for the last 8 years as a private voice teacher and workshop instructor for youth, college students, and adults. Brenda has led workshops of this cross-discipline voice performance technique at the 2013 National Puppetry Conference in Swarthmore, PA, at Puppet Showplace Theatre (2011, 2014 & 2016), and M.I.T. Shakespeare Ensemble (2010).
Brenda is the co-creator and puppeteer of Puppet Showplace Theater's Puppet Playtime, an interactive puppetry performance series with live music for very young audiences that performs on tour across the East Coast including the Cambridge River Fest, Outside the Box Festival, Lawn on D, Boston Children's Museum, Boston First Night, Brookline First Light, Boston Public Library, and many schools and private venues. Ms. Huggins has taught puppetry and arts education techniques at the Urban College of Boston, and is currently the Learning and Leadership Manager at OPERA America in NYC.