Bernard Brown
Theater and Performing Arts Academy Instructor


A choreographer, performer, activist and educator, Professor Bernard Brown will bring his talent and creativity for the first time to the Summer Academies for High School Students. He will lead the Theater and Performing Arts Academy in 2018. He teaches dance in Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre and Dance and serves as artistic director of the modern dance company, Sacramento/Black Art of Dance.

Bernard has taught dance at UCLA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He earned his master of fine arts in dance from UCLA and his bachelor of fine arts in dance from State University of New York at Purchase.

Bernard has performed as a dancer in numerous places including the Kennedy Center, New York’s Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He choreographed Scott Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha,” for Skylark Opera Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work “Champion” was presented at the launch of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin in 2016.

Bernard describes dance as a catalyst that “sparks dialogue, which in turn inspires action,” and “the action being the change within our communities.”