Rodney A. Brown
Assistant Professor Rodney A. Brown is a choreographer and founder/director of The Brown Dance Project (The BDP). Professor Brown connects art, performance and education by involving choreographic practice and advocacy. He has done national and international work as an HIV/AIDS educator— an activism that fuels his concern for using art and dance to enrich the community. On World AIDS Day (2011), The BDP premiered the sound of a feeling, a YouTube dance for the camera commemorating the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States.
As an independent dance-maker, Brown’s choreographies have been performed in South Africa, Europe, and nationally by concert dance companies, university/college and community programs. His work has garnered commendation from the Ohio Dance Council, American College Dance Festival, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. Brown is a native Daytonian and former member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). His most recent ballet The Gatherer / weething (2012), continues a 15 year affiliation with DCDC.
Professor Brown has taught at University of Michigan, Spelman College, Kentucky Governors’ School for the Arts, and most recently as Artistic Director of Dance at Santa Fe College. He received his MFA in Dance from University of Michigan and BA in Performing Arts from Oakland University. Currently, Professor Brown teaches coursework in Contemporary Dance Technique, Repertory/Performance, and Dance Composition.
- MFA in Dance, University of Michigan
- BA in Performing Arts, Oakland University