Wayne Brinda, Ed.D. - Biography
Wayne Brinda, Ed.D. As an educator, researcher, and stage director, Wayne is the founder and Artistic Director of Prime Stage Theatre since 1996. He has directed several productions including Treasure Island, The Outsiders, Twelve Angry Men, The Snow Girl, I Never Saw Another Butterfly and The Terezin Promise, and last year’s premiere of The Giver.
Wayne is also an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education in the Division of Management and Education at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford where he teaches and conducts research on adolescent literacy. Prior to teaching at Pitt, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University, an instructor at The Oakland School and Director of the Senior School Theatre Department at Sewickley Academy. His dissertation, Bringing literature to life for sixth grade “reluctant readers:” A collaborative, participatory study using Theatre for Young Audiences experiences to address aliteracy, was nominated for a national research award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
As a Museum Teaching Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, Wayne produces Holocaust theatre productions and conducts research on using young adult literature and the theatre to teach the Holocaust. He has delivered papers and presentations in Budapest, Hungary, Krakow, Poland, and for the National Council of Teachers of English, The Teachers Teaching Teachers conference, the International Reading Association 21st World Congress on Reading in Budapest, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Wayne has published articles in Stage of the Art and publications for Seton Hill University. Prior to teaching at Duquesne, he was an instructor at The Oakland School and Sewickley Academy.