Brenda Banda, Theatre Teaching Artist: is an actor, director, playwright, acting coach and Spanish/English tutor from South Central, Los Angeles whose career spans over 20 years. She has studied with a number of theatre companies including Steppenwolf West, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, CA. Currently, she is a teaching artist with P.S. Arts where she teaches in their in-school and after school programs. She also teaches at 24th Street Theatre (Enter Stage Right and After ‘Cool), and The Bridge Project. Other contracts have included ENACT (an in-school Art Therapy Theatre Program at Miramar H.S. 2016), The Red Balloon Project and ImagineUsFree at Bresee Foundation. She is the co-founder of Urban Theatre Movement (UTM) and served as the company’s first Artistic Director in 2010. Brenda was a key collaborator in the elementary school curriculum development for Diversifying the Classics. Her hands-on experience in the classroom bridged the gap between theory and practice.