Camille A. Brown Will Be The First Black Woman In 65 Years To Both Direct And Choreograph A Broadway Production

  • Written by Tomas Kassahun
  • Published on 27th August 2021
    Choreographer Camille A. Brown attends the “Once On This Island” Broadway Opening Night at Circle in the Square Theatre on December 3, 2017, in New York City. Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil
  • Camille A. Brown, who is set to direct the upcoming production of ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow’ is Enuf,will become the first Black woman in more than 65 years to serve as both director and choreographer of a Broadway production. According to Forbes, Katherine Dunham was the last Black woman to hold such a role, directing and choreographing at the Broadway Theater in November 1955. 
  • Brown, who will lead the play in 2022, choreographed a revival of For Colored Girls in 2019 at The Public Theater off-Broadway, according to Broadway Direct. 
  • “It’s an amazing feeling to bring this seminal show back to Broadway 45 years after it opened at the Booth Theatre on September 15, 1976,” Brown said. “I look forward to diving into the divine Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem and celebrating her legacy.” 
  • Shange’s piece features seven Black women who use songs and poetry to highlight the reality of living in a sexist and racist society.


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