ASSOCIATE RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER
Brian Harlan Brooks was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. He began his dance training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, and later moved on to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Since then, Brian has performed with such companies as Forces of Nature, Philadelphia Dance Company (Philidanco), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater; the tour of Vinette Carole’s Your Arms Too Short Box with God, Donald Byrd/The Group, Williams/Henry Danse Theatre, Earl Moseley’s Diversity of Dance, and The Color Purple first national tour. He has trained as a professional actor completing a two-year intensive training program at The William Esper Studio under the training of Bruce McCarty and Suzanne Esper. Brian has recently added television and film to his career, performing in Across the Universe, Lifted – a Fox Searchlight Film, and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Brian’s teaching, choreography, and artistic leadership are an important part of his career. He has had the pleasure of working as a leader in varying capacities such as rehearsal director for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/The Group, Ailey Camp Missouri Site Director, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Dance Captain for The Color Purple (first National tour) and choreographer of The First Noel.