Bren founded and leads Kirkegaard’s integrated systems practice, delivering audiovisual, information communications technology and security systems design. Bren began her career in artists & repertoire for Island, A&M and Virgin Records, overseeing recordings and tours across North America and abroad. Next, she launched a company to consult traditional labels, advise Silicon Valley digital music startups, design digital products and produce e-commerce solutions. Later she joined Zumobi, a pioneering mobile app firm in Seattle, where she conceived and published apps for major television and magazine media partners like Dwell, MotorTrend and MSNBC.
Bren began working with Kirkegaard in 2013 to shepherd the firm through an ownership transition and to develop short and long-term business strategies. Bren serves on the firm’s board of directors as its lead strategist and has launched new initiatives in emerging technologies, focused on the application of artificial intelligence for performing arts research and facility operation. As a designer and avid technologist, Bren brings an artist’s perspective and an early-adopting pragmatist’s skepticism to the potential new uses of technology. She draws on her background in digital media and her experience producing and managing projects to reach concepts that fit the client’s aspirations and their budget. A former Recording Academy governor and advocacy chair, Bren is a musician and a frequent speaker on technology, design, digital media and arts entrepreneurship.
Do you play a musical instrument? If so, which one and why?
I studied trumpet (jazz and classical); I’m currently studying voice and piano; I’m self-taught on guitar and cajon. I like to make a joyful noise with any instrument I can get my hands on.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Reginald Hill, which is near my house on Salt Spring Island.
What is your destination bucket list?
- A.B. in African-American Studies with a Theater emphasis, Harvard University, 1988