Brenda Way received her early training at The School of American Ballet and Ballet Arts in New York City. She is the founder and artistic director of ODC/Dance and creator of the ODC Theater and ODC Dance Commons, a community performance venue and training facility. Way launched ODC and an inter-arts department at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in the late 1960s before relocating to the Bay Area in 1976. She has published widely and is a 2000 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and was named Resident of the Arts at the American Academy in Rome for ‘08/’09. Way holds a Ph.D. and is the mother of four children.