Branigan was first involved in theatre at the age of five, when she played the Wicked Witch in her kindergarten production of The Wizard of Oz, and has stuck with it ever since. Her love for theatre began as a performer, one who was always “putting on a show” for friends and family. After years of dedication and a great deal of work, she has gained a lot from the theatre and is proud to say that she has the experience of over 40 different productions under her belt. Much of her performance experience was with the Boston Children's theatre where in addition to performing and making friends, Branigan discovered her love for directing and teaching theatre as well. After working with the Executive Director of BCT on a number of different projects, Branigan applied and was accepted to Emerson College's B.A. Theatre Education program where she continued both of her theatre passions: performing and teaching.
As a sophomore, Branigan was fortunate enough to travel to the Netherlands, where she lived in a 12th century Dutch castle, attended regular classes, and traveled to a dozen different countries during her fall semester. Diversity is very important to Branigan, so having the experience to see and live in another part of the world was a wonderful opportunity for her to experience and learn more about other cultures as well as different perceptions of her own culture from varied perspectives.
Currently, Branigan is teaching at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, which she is proud to say is her alma mater, as well as teaching creative drama at Boston Children's Theatre. She earned her B.A. in May, and is looking forward to continuing to share her love for theatre with her students. Additionally, Branigan is working toward her goal of founding a children's theatre organization that specializes in working with mentally and/or physically challenged children, by developing a program that meets these goals.