Our eighth-grade students enjoyed a visit with two Renbrook Alumni recently to talk about careers. There was no shortage of questions from our inquisitive students as they explored career options and choices in the area of arts and entertainment and government. We are grateful to Barrie Kreinik "00, an actor, singer, writer, and audiobook narrator based in New York City, and Vasishth Srivastava ’06 who serves as Chief of Staff for Hartford Mayor Luke A. Bronin.
Barrie Kreinik ’00 is an actor, singer, writer, and audiobook narrator based in New York City. She made her stage debut at Renbrook as Hen #1 in the Junior Kindergarten play Ask Mr. Bear and has fond memories of playing Ti Moune in the school’s 1998 production of Once On This Island. She also sang in several choirs and had a short-lived stint as an oboist in the concert band. After graduating from Choate Rosemary Hall, Barrie earned a BA in Theatre and English at Cornell and an MFA in Acting at Brown/Trinity Rep.
Ms. Kreinik’s performance credits in Off-Broadway and regional theatre include Goodspeed Musicals (Fiddler on the Roof—CT Critics’ Circle Award nominee), Irish Repertory Theatre (The Dead, 1904—world premiere), Fallen Angel Theatre (When I Was a Girl…), and the Union Square Theater (The 39 Steps). As a singer, she has appeared in concerts with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and in cabarets at 54 Below, Birdland, and the Beechman Theatre. She is the author of two plays, a short film, and a webisode, as well as a creative nonfiction blog, Points of View, and her essays have been published by Theaterhound, Months to Years, and Medium.
Ms. Kreinik released her debut EP, Unlearning,
in 2019, and has performed her original music at Birdland and The Bitter End. She is the award-winning narrator of nearly 100 audiobooks, including titles from the New York Times
bestseller list. She also works as a freelance acting and dialect coach. She is an avid knitter and a devoted fan of the UConn women’s basketball team. To find out more, visit barriekreinik.com
Vasishth Srivastava ’06 serves as Chief of Staff for Hartford Mayor Luke A. Bronin. He oversees the mayor's local, state, and federal legislative policy agenda, and he serves as the Mayor's spokesperson overseeing the city's communications responsibilities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he has helped lead Hartford's vaccination campaign in partnership with the city’s health department, as well as the recovery from a severe cyberattack on Hartford's IT infrastructure in the Fall of 2020.
Before joining Mayor Bronin's office in 2017, Mr. Srivastava served in a variety of roles on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, including opposition research, paid media preparation, and debate preparation. Earlier in his career he worked on several successful campaigns for United States Senate, including Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Michigan Senator Gary Peters, primarily conducting policy and political research.
Mr. Srivastava attended Renbrook from first through ninth grade. He graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, and then Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2014. He currently lives in Hartford, Connecticut.
Thank you both for sharing your time and stories with our students.