Brenley Charkow is a Sterling-nominated professional director and dramaturge who divides her time between Ontario and Alberta. Throughout her career, Brenley has worked across Canada and toured the United States. Brenley’s love for new Canadian works has led to her involvement with the New Works Theatre Festival (Artistic Director, 2016-2017), Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre, Scriptlab, Musical TheatreWorks Vancouver, and the Charlottetown Festival. Brenley's directing credits include the world premiere of The Ballad of Peachtree Rose by Nicole Moeller (Workshop West Playwrights Theatre), the Canadian premiere of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, SCORCH (Sterling nomination, Outstanding Direction); If We Were Birds (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre); Tom at the Farm (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre), The Waves (winner of the Patron's Pick award, and Best of Fringe selection), Mo and Jess Kill Susie (Outstanding ensemble, NOW Magazine), Almost, Maine (The Hall, Stratford); On The Other Side of the World (Next Stage Festival, Factory theatre Main Stage), Seagulls by Caryl Churchill, and The Maids. In 2014, she was named as one of the top ten artists to watch by Jon Kaplan in Now Magazine. For three seasons, she directed for Acting Upstage's One Song Glory showcase. Assistant directing credits include the Canadian premiere of The Humans (CanStage/Citadel Theatre, Jackie Maxwell), Mamma Mia (Citadel Theatre/ Ashlie Corcoran), Parade (Studio 180 and The Musical Theatre Company), Hair (Grand Theatre), and the world premiere of Colleen Murphy’s Bright Burning, or, I Hope My Heart Burns First.
UPCOMING: The Girl in the Machine (Zeidler Dome); 2020 Neil Munro Directing intern at the Shaw Festival. Brenley is the current Artistic Producer for Bustle & Beast - a Canadian Independent theatre company. She is the Associate Artistic Director at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre.