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Brian Harlan Brooks

Director/Choreographer

Brian was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey.  Brian attained the majority of his dance training at The Dance Theater of Harlem,  and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has performed with, Forces of Nature, the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philidanco), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, Williams/Henry Dance Theatre,  Earl Moseley’s Diversity of Dance, in musical theatre with Vinnette Carol's Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, and the First National tour of Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple, In Tv and film Across the Universe, ‘Lifted’ a Fox Searchlight Film, and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.  Inspired by his experiences in musical theatre and film, Brian moved to deepen his work as an actor by attending The William Esper Studio under the training of Bruce McCarty and Suzanne Esper. Brian's acting credits include, The Metropolitan Playhouse’s One-third a Nation,  and the independent feature film Tormenting the Hen. Brian has always held positions of leadership throughout his performing career teaching as a guest artist, adjunct professor, choreographer and guest lecturer at multiple colleges and universities. Other positions include rehearsal director for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, rehearsal director for Donald Byrd/The Group, interim tour rehearsal director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet,  Ailey Camp Missouri site director, associate artistic director for Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, dance captain for the Color Purple First National Tour,  associate Choreographer for Motown the musical on Broadway, associate resident  choreographer for Motown the Musical London,  choreographer, re-stager for Motown the Musical Uk Tour, associate choreographer for Born for This, Choreographer of  First Noel (at the Apollo), co-director of One Harlem Night, director of Ayodele Casel's “While I Have the Floor” stage director Jesus Christ Superstar promotional video for the 2019 Work Light production tour.  Brian knows the being a working artist is a privilege and a service, he continues to be grateful to be able to work in the arts.

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