Born in 1960, Brenda Malley grew up in Miramichi, New Brunswick and attended high school at James M. Hill. In 1978, following graduation, Brenda attended the University of New Brunswick and in 1982 earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Psychology. She then attended the University of Ottawa and graduated with a Masters degree in Criminology.
Brenda worked for the N.B. Department of Justice and Public Safety for 33 years, retiring in 2017. For twenty years she worked as a Probation and Parole Officer. In 2005 she relocated to Fredericton, N.B. where she worked as a Senior Policy and Program Officer until her retirement.
Since 2016, Brenda has immersed herself in the world of writing and filmmaking, completing two features and four short screenplays to date. She is a member of the N.B. Film Co-op, WIFT- Atlantic and DOC Atlantic.
Through the N.B. Film Co-op, Brenda has taken numerous courses. She also participated in two of their programs, Actors Helping Actors, and Scripts and Screen. In addition, she attended a writing course taught by Sharon Buckingham in Parrsboro, N.S. (2019).
Brenda worked on several short films as a lead or supporting actor (Moving On, At the Back), background actor (Entropic, Queen of the Andes, March 2.4), 3rd AD (March 2.4) and Script Supervisor (Friend Zone). In 2018 she also worked as a Production Assistant on a national television show, The Amazing Race.
Between May - July 2019, Brenda produced and directed her short screenplay, After the War, made possible when she was awarded the Jane Leblanc Award in November 2018 through the N.B. Film Co-op. This film garnered five awards at the Silver Wave Film Festival in 2019, including best N.B. Short Film and Best Writer in a N.B. Short Film.
In January 2020, Brenda wrote, co-directed and co-produced Digi Dating, Anyone? It is the first episode in a series entitled Ok, Boomer! This episode is currently in post- production.
In 2019 Brenda’s short screenplay, Chuppah, was selected, achieved semi finalist or finalist status at the following film festivals: The Independent Talents International Film Festival, The Hague Global Cinema Festival (Netherlands), The Social World Film Festival (Italy), Los Angeles CineFest and Macoproject Film Festival in LA. Brenda plans to film Chuppah in 2020.