Brenda Van der Wiel

Professor • Head of the Performing Arts Design Program

Brenda serves as head of the Performing Arts Design Program for the University of Utah. She has designed regularly for the department, and her work has also been seen frequently at Pioneer Theatre Company; recent shows include Sweeney Todd, Fences, Outside Mullingar, Alabama Story, Rent, and Emma. Some of her favorite work has been for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

In recent years she has designed Annie, The Glass Menagerie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Designs for the Utah Shakespeare Festival include Mary Poppins, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Treasure Island. She has also worked at the Seattle Opera and the Santa Fe Opera.

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