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Brennen Reeves was born in Hilton Head Island, SC in 1991. He graduated from Hilton Head Island High School in 2009. Attending the College of Charleston (C of C), he received his BA in Acting and Performing  Arts in 2014.

Brennen worked many years at C of C as an Adjunct Professor. While there Brennen co-founded a sketch comedy group called Tiny Shorts Comedy!. He dabbled in stand-up, while also performing with a member of Tiny Shorts Comedy!, creating Brenna and Brennen's, 'Our Mom's Think We're Funny'.

After college, Brennen continued to act both on-stage and off. Following his passion, he began to write plays and stories of his own including “BREATHE. A True Story”.  This production is a bold, courageous telling of his life with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Diagnosed with CF at eight weeks of age, this one-man show follows his life’s journey, including his double lung transplant at age 19. He performed his show for several years around the country including the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.


A few years following undergrad, Brennen returned to school with aspirations of earning his MFA in Creative Writing. He attended Sewanee the University of the South, and Queens College in Charlotte, NC.


As an advocate for Cystic Fibrosis awareness and organ donation, Brennen was often found speaking at events nationwide. At the time of his passing, Brennen was collaborating with a creative team on a documentary about Cystic Fibrosis and organ donation through the eyes of two friends. “Sweat Test” tells the broad story of CF, how it impacts people’s lives, and the importance of organ donation. The film was also a journey to find Brennen’s donor family and to thank them for giving him a chance to BREATHE.

Complaining was not in Brennen’s nature. Throughout his life and the hardships he endured, he remained hopeful and positive. The thought of quitting never occurred to him. While waiting for a kidney/pancreas transplant, Brennen passed away from health complications in 2023.

"My God doesn't make mistakes."

—Chancelor Jonathan Bennett 

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