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Brenda Peyser


Distinguished Service Professor of Professional Communications

Brenda Peyser is a Distinguished Service Professor of Professional Communications at the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and is on the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women.

From 1998-2016, she served as Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. There she oversaw the School’s masters programs in public policy, arts management and entertainment, and healthcare.

She is the founding Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon, Australia and was resident in Adelaide, South Australia from 2005-2006 to establish the campus and its programs. She is one of the founders of the Institute for Social Innovation. She was instrumental in establishing the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program.

Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Brenda worked as the Director of Career Services at a West Virginia state college (2 ½ years), and as a manager in a consulting division of Coopers & Lybrand’s New York City office for 10 years.

Before those ventures, Brenda was a professional actress in New York and regional theatres throughout the U.S.

She has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Rowan University.

Courses Taught


  • 94-801 - Acting for Management

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