For the first time in over 20-years a Black female choreographer has been nominated for a Tony Award. Camille Brown was nominated for her flowing and innovative dance creations for the New York play ‘Choir Boy.’ The 37-year old Jamaica, Queens native told ‘Forbes‘ that the nomination came as a “refreshing surprise” given her experiences with discrimination in the dance industry.
“My first 2 years [of college] I wasn’t even called to audition for a lot of choreographers because of my body type, which was very disheartening.”
The last Black woman to be nominated was Marlies Yearby for Rent in 1996.
Check out Ms. Brown’s work in this video clip from ‘Choir Boy.’
(Cover photo: Camille A. Brown-Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)