This event is presented in partnership with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Juneteenth Celebration.
Camille A. Brown is the artistic director of the nationally acclaimed, Bessie award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which she founded in 2006. Ms. Brown is the recipient of the 2021 ISPA/International Society for the Performing Arts’ Distinguished Artist Award, a 2020 Dance Magazine Award, and the 2020 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Choreography. She is a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, five-time Princess Grace Award winner, Guggenheim Fellow, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, TED Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. Her work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, Complexions, Ballet Memphis, and Hubbard Street II; her dance, City of Rain, created for her Company, entered the Ailey Repertory in December 2019.
Theater, TV, and film credits include: Choir Boy (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Tony award-winning Broadway revival, Once On This Island (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, & Chita Rivera Nominations), Toni Stone (Drama Desk, Lortel nominee), Emmy award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, Much Ado About Nothing (Audelco winner), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and the television series Harlem. She is the choreographer of the 1619 Project docuseries.
Brown made her Metropolitan Opera debut as choreographer for Porgy & Bess in fall 2019. Brown made history as the Metropolitan Opera’s first Black director of a mainstage production, Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. In April 2022, Brown made history again directing and choreographing “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf” on Broadway— the first Black woman to both direct and choreograph a Broadway show in 65 years. Her production of “for colored girls…” received 7 Tony Award Nominations, including 2 Tony nominations for Brown for Best Direction of a Play and Best Choreography.