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Druid Hills’ Brenda Bynum Takes Another Bow

Brenda Bynum flanked by Governor Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra

Brenda Bynum flanked by Governor Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra

The 2015 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities has been bestowed upon Druid Hills resident Brenda Bynum. The “First Lady of Atlanta Theatre,” whose career as an actor and director started in 1974, may be best known for her starring role in the Alliance Theatre’s 2011 production of August: Osage County.

Brenda, who taught theatre at Emory University for 18 years, has been involved in more than 60 productions at The Alliance, the Academy Theatre, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Theater Emory, Imaginary Theatre, Seven Stages, Actor’s Express, Southeastern Playwright’s Project, and other venues. Each year, Emory University presents “The Brenda Bynum Award” to an outstanding drama student.

Winner of the AJC’s “Outstanding Performance of the Year” in 2004-2005, Brenda also brought Samuel Beckett’s entire dramatic canon to Atlanta – starring and directing – after she retired from teaching. She and her husband, playwright and director R. Cary Bynum, have been longtime collaborators in the theatre, including two oral history projects about women’s lives. Brenda and Cary’s papers comprise part of the theater collection at the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Books & Manuscript Library.

But you just might recognize Brenda as the assistant poll manager in your voting precinct!

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