Camille A. Brown Receives 2021 ISPA Distinguished Artist Award

Camille A. Brown Receives 2021 ISPA Distinguished Artist Award

  • 2020-12-15


Camille A. Brown

2021 ISPA Distinguished Artist Award Recipient

Presented to artists who have made an outstanding contribution of talent, artistry, dedication, and service to the world of the performing arts.

CAMILLE A. BROWN is a prolific Black female choreographer, who is reclaiming the cultural narratives of African American identity.

She is a 2020 Dance Magazine Award recipient and 2020 Obie Award Winner for Sustained Excellence in Choreography. She is a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, Audelco Award recipient, five-time Princess Grace Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, TED Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient.

Her Bessie award winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD), tours nationally and internationally and is now featured on Google Arts & Culture. As a 2020 Emerson Collective Fellow, Ms. Brown is building the “Social Dance for Social Change” virtual School- “The School that Camille A. Brown Built” to provide opportunities for dance education, cultural engagement, and mentorship during the pandemic and beyond.

Broadway and Off-Broadway theater & television credits include: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Tony Award-Winning Broadway revival, Once On This Island (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Chita Rivera Nominations), Toni Stone (Drama Desk, Lortel nominee, Audelco nominee), Emmy Award- Winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire, The Fortress of Solitude (Lortel Nomination), BELLA: An American Tall Tale (Lortel, Audelco winner), Much Ado About Nothing (Audelco winner, SDCF finalist) for Shakespeare in the Park, among others.

Ms. Brown’s TED-Ed talk, “A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves” was chosen as one of the most notable talks of 2016 by TED Curator, Chris Anderson, and has over 15 million views on Facebook and counting.

Ms. Brown is the choreographer of The Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy & Bess. She will make her feature film debut in the soon-to-be-released Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom- directed by George C. Wolfe (Netflix).

Brown will make her directorial debut with the Broadway revival of, for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf , Fire Shut Up In My Bones for The Metropolitan Opera (co-directed with James Robinson), and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Westport Country Playhouse.

Link to full list of 2021 ISPA Award Recipients



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