Wow….you are fabulous! My tears are dripping on the desk from just the two minutes. I look forward to seeing your entire show someday soon…in person. XO Darlene
“Brenda–wow! Loved it, loved the concept, your “acting,” your strength and your courage. I can tell this is your path and your gift. Thank You!” Yolanda Comparan, M.S.W. Adoption Referral & Information Service
Your show was such a treasure. Your impersonations were amazing and you just have such a beautiful heart that radiates through – I can’t wait to see it again in New York! Erin (actor/writer)

“My Brooklyn Hamlet” brilliantly explores the complexity of emotional experiences and dynamics of living within the shadow of family violence. In her brave autobiographical play, Brenda Adelman masterfully intertwines humor and gravity, bringing to light the experience of moving from tragedy to forgiveness. As a therapist, I have personally recommended this show to clients because of the power it has to help heal and transform. For anyone who has ever felt alone in their experience of surviving trauma or toxic family relationships, this play can validate and affirm one’s experience of survival and offer the possibility of hope through forgiveness. Brenda herself is a true inspiration as one witnesses through the play her struggle to come to terms with her family trauma and sees Brenda today as an authentic, charismatic, compassionate woman who is clearly dedicated to helping others on their path to healing. “ “I so believe in the work that you do and the ability of your play to help people to heal.” April Ely LCSW, Child Counselor

She played to hushed and mesmerized audiences in Vienna” Robin Hirsch-performer of ‘Mosiac: Fragments of a Jewish Life’

Two thumbs up to a spectacular show, Brenda Adelman!!! So glad I went. The Brooklyn Hamlet was funny, witty, moving…an emotional roller coaster with so much learning. You’re so talented, Brenda…thanks for sharing your gift to the world 🙂 Trissa Tismal

I also previously saw Brenda Adelman’s show, My Brooklyn Hamlet. It is incredible and NOT to be missed. Powerful and moving, it’s hard to describe in words. She touches you at your core, while entertaining you with every word and gesture.Blessings to you, Margalit

And Jude wrote this directly to me:

The words could not do justice to the extraordinary, writing, performance, exquisite storytelling and courage you have in what you have created to now become your ministry, or your mission. My Spirit and Soul has been moved on every level and the surrender to the truth inside myself of Self-Forgiveness has been deeply awakened. I have such honor, respect and Gratitude for you and your life. Thank you for the inspiration you are and for the opportunity to taste what is possible. Jude Weber

Brenda’s Speaking and Performance History

Theatres/Festivals/Cultural Centers/Jail:

  • The Leeds International Performing Arts Festival (Leeds, England)
  • The New End Theatre (London, England)
  • The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (West Bloomfield, MI)
  • Best of the Fest fundraiser for the 21st annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (Fremont Centre Theatre, Pasadena)
  • The Marsh, San Francisco
  • The 1st & 2nd annual San Diego Fringe Festival (Top 5 Shows to See)
  • The Orlando International Fringe Festival (Critics Pick: Nominated for Best Actress award)
  • Bang Comedy Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Aurora Theatre (Long Beach, CA) Divas in Danger
  • Lamplighters Theatre (San Diego, CA)
  • Celebration Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Canyon Moon Theatre (Sedona, AZ)
  • Actors Art Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Theatrikos Theatre (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Philip Cotloff Center (NYC, NY)
  • Red Tent Womens Project (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Dr. S. Steven Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at The Brooklyn Public Library (Comedies and Tragedies Festival)
  • The 11th Annual Los Angeles Womens Theatre Festival
  • Until The Violence Stops: NYC festival
  • V-Day Sedona
  • Repair the World-an International Jewish Theatre Festival (Vienna, Austria)
  • Pulse Ensemble Theatre (NYC, NY)
  • LATC (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Huntington Beach Art and Cultural Center (Divas in Danger)
  • Simi Valley Cultural Center (Divas in Danger)
  • Lynwood Jail for Women (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill (Albuquerque, NM)

Schools and Youth:

  • University of Hawaii
  • The University of Santa Monica
  • Manhattanville College (Purchase NY)
  • Verde Valley School (Sedona, AZ)
  • Red Rock High School (Sedona, AZ)
  • Campbell HS (Ewa, HI)
  • Communities in Schools (Wiapahu, HI) ages 8-15

Spiritual Communities

  • Center for Spiritual Living(La Crescenta, CA)
  • Universal Spirit Center (San Diego)
  • Unity Church (Phoenix,Sedona, Flagstaff, AZ; Oklahoma City, OK; Oahu, Hawaii)
  • Church of Religious Science (Flagstaff, AZ, North Hollywood, CA)
  • Jewish Community Center of the Verde Valley (Sedona, AZ)
  • Seicho No Iea (Maui and Oahu, HI)
  • Temple Chai/ Congregation Beth Israel (Scottsdale, AZ) S’lichot Service


  • Association for Jewish Theatre
  • Jewish Women International (Phoenix, AZ)
  • International Hawaii Forgiveness Project
  • The United States Air Force


  • Celebrating the Divine Feminine (Sedona, AZ) Stellar Productions
  • Secrets of Activating Your Personal Power, (Panelist alongside Dr. Michael Beckwith)
  • The Gift of Shift
  • Women’s Journey Conference (Long Beach Convention Center) Divas in Danger
  • Healthy Living: Aging with Grace (Scottsdale, AZ)

These are three 35 minute shows.
(35 minute version of My Brooklyn Hamlet)

Actress/Author DEBRA EHRHARDT knows Jamaica Farewell is more than a song. With the unwitting help of a CIA Agent, she risked her life escaping her home in Jamaica during a violent revolution to fulfill her life long dream of coming to America.

Actress/Author BRENDA ADELMAN’S mother was shot and killed by her father and then her father quickly took a new bride, her aunt. (her mother’s sister). Brenda’s one-woman show My Brooklyn Hamlet is about the power of forgiving the unforgivable.

On a less dramatic scale, although equally shocking, author/storyteller MARIANA WILLIAMS undergoes budget plastic surgery with a doctor practicing out of his suburban home in Park City, Utah.

The Aurora Theatre in Long Beach: 2018
Huntington Beach Arts Center
Rail Yard Performing Arts Center: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Harwood Museum: Taos, New Mexico

Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill: Albuquerque, New Mexico 2019
Torrance Arts and Cultural Centr

In-Person Workshops with Brenda Adelman:

  • Forgiving the Unforgivable: The Path to Freedom
  • Creating a One-Person Show
  • Healing Through Life Stories

Teleclasses and Webinars:

  • Forgiving the Unforgivable
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries in Love and Life
  • The 3 Steps to Forgive and Finally Be Free
  • Polish and Package Your Life Story and Your Talent
  • The Confident Storyteller

Domestic Violence Community Clients: (Keynote presenter, speaker, trainer)

  • The Verde Valley Sanctuary
  • AZ Coalition against Domestic Violence
  • NM Coalition against Domestic Violence
  • Healthy Families Training (Phoenix, AZ)
  • The Coconino Coalition for Child Advocacy (Flagstaff, AZ)
  • Prevent Child Abuse (AZ)
  • The Children’s Aid Society (NYC, NY)
  • Time-Out Shelter (Payson, AZ)


  • Recipient of 2008 Hero of Forgiveness award by The Hawaii International Forgiveness Project
  • Best Actress Award 2007 at The Zaki Gordan Film Festival for ‘Daddy’s Girl’



  • The Riverside Shakespeare Company (NYC, NY)
  • The Atlantic Theatre Company (NYC, NY)
  • The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • The Beverly Hills Playhouse
  • Sal Romeo
  • Larry Moss Studios (Michelle Danner, Improv workout, On-Camera Technique)

Voice :

  • Bob Corff


  • Cindera Che

Improv/ Stand-up:

  • Bang/ Judy Carter

Acting Experience:

  • theatre
  • film
  • stand-up
  • improvisation troupe (Laugh on the Rocks)
  • One-woman show
  • commercials
  • print model

Other training/ experience:

  • MA in Spiritual Psychology, assistant for  3 years, reader for 1 year
  • Prayer Chaplain for Unity Church, Board member Unity and Universal Spirit Center, volunteer with youth ministry
  • Boys and Girls Club: volunteer, Cedar’s Sinai: volunteer in pediatrics
  • Guest on dozens of podcasts
  • Expert on Storytelling, Forgiveness and the Art of the One-Person Show (panels and for online programs)