Camille A. Brown – A Glimpse Behind The Curtain - Free - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Monday, May 10, 2021

Camille A. Brown – A Glimpse Behind The Curtain - Free

An MTC Snapshot

Conceived and Created by Tony Award Nominee Camille A. Brown


Streaming May 20-23 Only


Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, and Barry Grove, Executive Producer) announced MTC’s virtual Snapshot Series with Camille A. Brown – A Glimpse Behind The Curtain, streaming Thursday, May 20 – Sunday, May 23 only. Conceived and created by Tony Award nominee Brown, the piece is filmed and edited by Bowie Alexander, with a prologue and original music by Daryl Waters.


A Glimpse Behind The Curtain features Juel D. Lane with Chloe O. DavisTimothy L EdwardsCatherine FosterMayte Natalio, and Maleek Washington. The creative team includes Rickey Tripp as an associate choreographer, Mayte Natalio as assistant choreographer, and Talvin Wilks as dramaturg.


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Camille A. Brown – A Glimpse Behind The Curtain is a rare and intimate look inside the mind and creative process of this superstar director and choreographer as she prepares for her re-envisioned production of the landmark musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, which will premiere in a co-production between Westport Country Playhouse and Barrington Stage Company. Ain’t Misbehavin’ was originally produced at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978.


Filming took place during Camille A. Brown & Dancers' Bubble Residency, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham, NY.


Manhattan Theatre Club’s Snapshots are created exclusively for the digital format, inspired by our current moment in theatre and the world. The series kicked off with RITUAL, written by Alexis Scheer and directed by Alexis Scheer & Gabrielle Carrubba, and Please Welcome Our Guest: a personality test/performance piece written and facilitated by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Trish Harnetiaux. Premiere dates for future Snapshot performances will be announced soon.


While physical stages remain dark across America, Manhattan Theatre Club invites audiences to gather virtually as a community and find connection, inspiration, and entertainment through a series of virtual theatrical experiences from the comfort of their homes. Up-to-date information about all MTC Virtual Stage initiatives can always be found at


MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over more than four decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including 7 Pulitzer Prizes, 27 Tony Awards, 40 Drama Desk Awards and 49 Obie Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). For more information on MTC, please visit



CAMILLE A. BROWN is an award-winning Black female choreographer addressing issues of identity with her dance company, her Broadway theater choreography, and her community engagement programs. Broadway: Choir Boy (Nominee: Tony & Drama Desk), Once on This Island (Nominee: Drama Desk, Outer Critics & Chita Rivera), A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway: Obie for Sustained Excellence in Choreography, For Colored Girls… (Public Theater; Nominee: Drama Desk & Lortel), Porgy & Bess (Metropolitan Opera), Much Ado About Nothing (NY Shakespeare in the Park; Winner: Audelco), Toni Stone (Roundabout, Nominee: Audelco & Lucille Lortel), Bella (Playwrights Horizons; Nominee: Lucille Lortel; Winner: Audelco), Fortress of Solitude (Nominee: Lucille Lortel), tick, tick…BOOM! (Encores!). Regional: The Wiz (MUNY), ink (premiere, The Kennedy Center), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theatre Center), Once (Pittsburgh CLO). Company: Camille A. Brown & Dancers (Bessie Award; Google Arts & Culture). Television: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” (NBC). Film: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix), Tracey Oliver Project (Amazon). Upcoming: for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf (Broadway revival), Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Metropolitan Opera, co-director w/James Robinson), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Westport Country Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company).


DARYL WATERS (Original Music) has spent a bit of time in Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters. He was the music supervisor/orchestrator/arranger for The Cher Show; Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; Holler If Ya Hear Me; Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; Street Corner Symphony; and A Civil War Christmas. He was the conductor for After Midnight; the orchestrator for Memphis (Tony/Drama Desk Awards for Best Orchestrations) and Bella; and dance music arranger for The Color Purple and Jelly’s Last Jam. His composing credits include Noise/Funk (Tony/Grammy nominations for Best Musical) and Drowning Crow. Mr. Waters is a graduate of Livingstone College, a historically Black college in Salisbury, NC.


RICKEY TRIPP (Associate Choreographer)Broadway: Once on This IslandChoir Boy. Off-Broadway: Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre Company); Much Ado About Nothing (New York Shakespeare in The Park); Cabin in The Sky (New York City Center, Encores!); TV/Film: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” (NBC); “New Year’s Eve with John Legend” (NBC). As Choreographer: A Wonderful World – World Premiere (Miami New Drama); In The Heights (Dallas Theatre Center, Broadway Sacramento); Dreamgirls (Dallas Theatre Center/Irma P. Hall Black Theater Award for Best Choreography); TV/Film: “ENCORE!” (Disney+); It’s Quiet Uptown (feature). As Assistant Director: Daniel J. Watts, The Jam: Only Child (Signature Theatre, VA).


MAYTE NATALIO (Assistant Choreographer) is from Queens, NY. She trained at LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase (BFA). She has performed and toured with the Parson’s Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Kyle Abraham's A.I.M and Darrell Moultrie, Mylene Farmer, and Kanye West. Favorite TV & film credits include NBC’s NYE Special 2019, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “The Get Down” (Netflix), NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix). Favorite regional credits include Stagger Lee and Hair (Dallas Theater Center) and Aida (Ogunquit Playhouse). Off-Broadway credits include the immersive hit Queen of the Night and Third Rail Project’s The Grand Paradise. Choreography credits include The Winter’s Tale (Public Works/ DTC), Red Speedo (Juilliard), Runaways (NYU), Into the Woods (Barrington Stage), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater), and Measure for Measure (Public Theater/ Mobile Unit). Mayte is also the co-founder of the production company, MinuteZero and a core member of LubDub Theatre Co.


JUEL D. LANE is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and currently dances with Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In 2012, Lane became the first Black independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet, choreographing Moments of Dis for the company. Lane was selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab. Lane’s dance on film, “The Maestro,” was featured on He was recently awarded The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Chancellor’s Alumni Artpreneur of the Year Award, Southwest Arts Center Young Innovator Award, and Best Music Video for Bronze Lens Festival. Currently, his film Touch & Agree is being screened at multiple film festivals!


CHLOE O. DAVIS is a performer and debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York City. She has performed at New York City Center, the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and has appeared on PBS Great Performances with Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” on NBC, and Southern Landscape performed by the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!). Davis has choreographed for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and was the Associate Choreographer of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (Public Theater). She is a proud member of Camille A. Brown and Dancers and most recently, you can find Davis dancing in the hit Netflix movie, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Davis made her author debut in 2021 with her book, The Queens’ English, The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo, and Colloquial Phrases. The dictionary celebrates over 800 terms and highlights queer identity, history, and pride.


TIMOTHY L EDWARDS. This dancer, choreographer, teacher, and Hawaii native began his journey into dance at the age of fourteen when he stepped in his first dance class, African dance. From that day on his teacher, Desiree Kramer would give him the tools and inspiration to pursue his newfound dance dream. Since landing in New York City he has had the honor of dancing with David Dorfman and is currently a company member with Camille A. Brown and Dancers. He has had the privilege of traveling the world through dance. He has had the honor of working with Camille A. Brown on such projects as Cabin in The Sky at City Center, The Wiz at The MUNY, and “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” with John Legend on NBC.


CATHERINE FOSTER hails from Washington, DC, and received her training from the DC Youth Ensemble (DCYE), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA), and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Donald Bryd, Hinton Battle, The Fred Benjamin Dance Company (artistic director Fred Benjamin), Forces of Nature (artistic director, Abdel Salaam), and Darrel Grand Moultrie. Catherine made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the hit musical FELA! produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith in 2009 and went on to tour internationally with the production until 2011. She has been an assistant choreographer for the Broadway production Once on This Island, the Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, and other Off-Broadway productions as well. Catherine Foster gives thanks to all of her ancestors and loved ones for her success and guidance.


MALEEK WASHINGTON is from the Bronx. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, where he studied on full scholarship, he began his dance training at Harlem School of The Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. He has danced with CityDance Ensemble (Washington DC), Montreal’s SpringBoard Danse (working with Jose Navas & RUBBERBAND), and Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M for four seasons, before becoming the first African American male to perform in Sleep No More. He has also performed for Sia, Phish, and Rihanna (for an immersive experience for her AntidiaRy Campaign). Maleek was part of NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” and performed with Camille A. Brown and Dancers in the 2018 Ted Talk Conference in Vancouver. Maleek is thrilled to be a member of CABD for 4 seasons having the opportunity to work on shows like Porgy and Bess of the Metropolitan Opera as an assistant choreographer, Spike Lee’s Mont Blanc commercial as assistant choreographer, and Camille’s Alvin Ailey piece entitled “City of Rain.” Recently Maleek was a guest choreographer and adjunct professor at the University School of the Arts for fall 2019. Finished his third year choreographing at Sydney’s premiere full-time training program Brent Street and was Movement Director for Fenders “Inside the Box” with guitarist Nile Rodgers.

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