Born in Jamaica, Yvonne Brewster went to the UK to study drama in the mid-1950s at the Rose Bruford College - where she was the UK's first Black woman drama student - and the Royal Academy of Music. She returned to Jamaica to teach Drama and in 1965 she also jointly founded (with Trevor Rhone) The Barn in Kingston, Jamaica's first professional theatre company.
Upon her return to England she worked extensively in radio, television, and directing for Stage Productions. In 1985 she co-founded Talawa Theatre Company with Mona Hammond and Carmen Munroe, using funding from the Greater London Council.
In 2004, Brewster published her memoirs, entitled The Undertaker’s Daughter: The Colourful Life of a Theatre Director (Arcadia Books). She has also edited five collections of plays, including Barry Reckord's For the Reckord (Oberon Books, 2010) and Mixed Company: Three Early Jamaican Plays, published by Oberon Books in 2012.
- Simon Reade, "Pioneer with a vision of black theatre", New Straits Times, 23 August 1992.
- Notes on contributors, in Geoffrey V. Davis, Anne Fuchs (eds), Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black And South Asian British Theatre Practice, Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2006, p. 337.
- "Yvonne Brewster - Reckord Celebrations", News - Talawa Theatre Company, 7 September 2012.
- "RBC Fellow Yvonne Brewster OBE edits new Jamaican play anthology", Rose Bruford College, 9 August 2012.
- Profile of Yvonne Brewster at 100 Great Black Britons.
- Roy Bartholomew, "Homeless, but not rootless" (interview with Yvonne Brewster), The Independent, 1 November 1995.
- Interview at Sustained Theatre.
- Tanya Batson, "Yvonne Brewster and 'Bella's Gate Boy'", Jamaica Gleaner, 5 January 2003.
- News, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, 9 August 2012.