CAMILLE A. BROWN (Artistic Director/Choreographer), originally from Jamaica, Queens, New York, is interested in that space between dance and theater where interdisciplinary work defies category and takes flight. Informed by her music background as a clarinetist, she creates choreography that utilizes musical composition as storytelling- investigating the silent space within the measure. She builds dance vocabulary from a very personal place. Characters are facets of her life, her experience as a lens into the past and the present.
The 2012 recipient of The Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University, and a Princess Grace Award Winning Choreographer, Camille (according to The Boston Globe), "is a storyteller, with many tales to tell." She received a 2011 Bessie nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in her work, The Evolution Of A Secured Feminine, and is 1 of 4 choreographers selected as a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey's New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is also the recipient of the She was a guest performer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2008 and 2011, and currently guests with Rennie Harris/Puremovement. Commissions include works for The Ailey Company, Ailey II, Philadanco, Ballet Memphis, Hubbard Street II, Urban Bush Women, TU Dance, and August Wilson Dance Ensemble, among others.
Images of Camille (in her signature explosive jumps) were featured in the artwork for Jacob's Pillow's 2011 season, Harlemstage's E-moves, and City Center's 2007 Fall for Dance . Her work has been showcased at Sadler's Wells (London, England), The Apollo, The Joyce Theater, Jacob's Pillow, The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Central Park's Summerstage, Madison Square Garden, Bates Dance Festival, and New York Fall for Dance Festival (City Center). She choreographed a duet for Tony nominated artist Karine Plantadit and Danny Tidwell for The Youth American Grand Prix Gala (City Center) and for New York Fashion Week for Saverio Paletella's line, WholeGarment 3D (2008).
Camille danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company from 2001-2007. She is rapidly making a name for herself in the musical theater world, choreographing for The Foundry Theater produced musical, Pins & Needles, and the new musical, Fortress Of Solitude. She graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, attended The Ailey School, and received her BFA from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her training began at Bernice Johnson's Cultural Arts Center and Devore Dance Center.