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Brenda Lilly

Brenda Lilly

Assistant Professor

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Stage and Screen

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2092
Office: 283 Belk Building


Professor Lilly is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, director and producer whose work has been seen internationally. She is the creator and Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed television series, STATE OF GRACE and has written and produced hundreds of hours of network television. Her plays have been work-shopped and produced across the country. As an actor she appeared at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the American College Theatre Festival. Sponsored by The United Arts Council and the NC State Arts Council, she formed the ACT Co., a professional theatre troupe. The Company produced avant garde theatre in non-traditional spaces and began nurturing new playwrights, which she continues to do today. The Company participated in fundraising efforts for the purchase and renovation of the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC and produced the first stage plays in the space in more than fifty years. She has appeared in films and on television and worked with Academy Award winning director William Friedkin and Emmy Award winning director Lee Shallot. She has served on the boards of the Writers Guild of America/west and the Writers Guild Foundation. She is on the board of the Asheville Community Theatre and the Arts Commission of the Cathedral of All Souls. Ms. Lilly continues to work in the entertainment industry and is a member of the professional guilds and unions – Writers Guild of America, Writers Guild of Canada, Dramatist Guild, Screen Actors Guild and , Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


  • Other
  • Other
  • Other, Television and Screenwriting
  • Other, Acting
  • BFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching Interests

Identifying, encouraging and supporting students - especially those under-served in the entertainment industry - inspires me to explore the best teaching methods possible. Providing students with the appropriate skills and tools to effectively enter the work-force in the highly competitive fields of writing, performing and production is extraordinarily satisfying as a professor.

Research Interests

Working with a fellow screenwriter to develop a standard formatting textbook for scripts.

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