Learned Pussies is a collaborative of women sharing their talents, passions, and worldviews.
We are bound together by these shared values:
We believe that all people are of equal value and deserving of equal opportunity.
We commit to giving each other and others time, thought, and careful consideration. We realize that not all opinions are informed, cede the floor to informed opinions, and welcome the opportunity to be educated by experienced voices.
We aim to grant authority to lived experienced over outside opinion, to do the mental work necessary to put ourselves into the shoes of others, and to make our best efforts to understand others.
We invite our readers to join us in committing to these shared values, and hope that constructive dialogue will happen with this framework.
Brooke Tansley’s career in entertainment has spanned 26 years both on and off stage and on both sides of the camera. Her career in design has spanned 19 years and included work in many mediums on both coasts.
On stage/camera, Brooke starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and was in the original cast of Hairspray, eventually playing sidekick Penny Pingleton. Films: Music and Lyrics (Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore), My Sassy Girl (Elisha Cuthbert & Jesse Bradford), Who’s the Top? (Steve Buscemi), and Take Care. Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) and Video Game Reunion (Comedy Central). Los Angeles stage: the smash hit immersive concert/club experience For the Record, Rocky Horror: the Concert (Janet) at Rockwell Table & Stage, Anne Frank in the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (Cast Recording on iTunes), and the Los Angeles Regional Premiere of The Light in the Piazza as Clara Johnson (Best Performance by a Leading Actress – Stage Scene LA). She’s performed on the Tony Awards, the Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and was featured alongside Micky Dolenz in the starry From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook on television, DVD, and CD. In the comedy world, Brooke spent three years on the roster of Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade and has appeared in comedy festivals all over the country. She is currently based in Sonoma County where she has spent four years as a performer with Transcendence Theatre Company‘s (Winner – Theatre of the Year 2013 & 2014, Broadway World San Francisco) Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park. Her next films are Stumptown from Pixel Grove Productions (in post-production) and a stoner comedy with Brooke starring opposite Steve Rannazzisi from FX’s The League (in post-production).
Off stage/behind the lens, Brooke’s career began at age 13 when – with her family – she founded St. Mary’s School Children’s Theatre in her hometown of Waterbury, CT. Their ventures into theatrical production have now spanned 25 successful years, over 50 productions, and included over 5000 children aged preschool through college, with Brooke serving as either producer, director, choreographer, set designer, lightning designer, or publicist over the years. While studying acting, musical theatre, and design at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she studied lighting design, studied advanced costume design under Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes, assisted Mr. Barnes on the original Broadway production of Side Show and the reimagining of the iconic Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, served as wardrobe supervisor under Tony Award winners Beowulf Boritt and Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and worked in children’s television, handling national publicity for Nickelodeon’s Goosebumps and Lily Tomlin’s The Magic School Bus. During Brooke’s four years on Broadway, she was proud to have personally raised over $90,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, while an original cast member in one Broadway show and later starring in another. Through her work with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, she partnered with some up-and-coming filmmakers and comedians, producing the feature film Take Care. In 2011, Brooke was brought to Sonoma by Transcendence Theatre Company, having worked onstage and off in marketing & publicity, front-of-house management, design & branding, casting, ticket sales, event planning, assistant stage management, community outreach & service, merchandise sales, and arts education. In 2015, Brooke served as artistic director for Sonoma Arts Live, a local theatre company where she spearheaded changes that resulted in a 219% sales increase. Brooke is currently the Executive Producer of Sonoma Laughfest, bringing 100+ comedians from all over the country each year to do a comedy festival and pop-up shows all over the county.
Concurrently, Brooke has enjoyed a 19-year-long organically-grown career in design and branding, with clients seeking out her attention to function, focused purpose, and individual character expression in graphics (businesses, celebrations, and everything in between) and interiors (home and business).
She shares a home in a little gay bear town on Sonoma County’s Russian River with her husband Scott, daughter, doggies Fenway and Buddy, and seventeen magical redwoods.