Brenner has received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Faculty Civic Engagement Leadership Award at Drew. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Columbia University and studied with seminal theatre artists such as Augusto Boal, Anne Bogart, Moisés Kaufman, and Holly Hughes. She is a playwright and dramaturg and past editor of Theatre Topics, an official journal of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She is also the editor of the book Playing Harry Potter: Essays and Interviews on Fandom and Performance (McFarland), and co-editor of Katrina on Stage: Five Plays (Northwestern UP), and the forthcoming Represent! New Plays for Multicultural Youth (Bloomsbury), and Applied Theatre with Youth: Education, Engagement, and Activism (Routledge). A playwright and dramaturg, her documentary-based play Katrina: The K Word (co-written with Suzanne Trauth) has been presented on campuses in fourteen states. Brenner’s published articles include “Playing Jewish at the National Asian American Theatre Company,” “Beyond Words: Producing Dialogue at the Galilee Multicultural Theatre,” “Storming the Nation: Post-Katrina New Orleans, Documentary Theatre, and Civic Responsibility,” and “How Moment Work Leads to Narrating with the Elements of the Stage.” Her published reviews have been featured in Theatre Survey and Theatre Annual.