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Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance


Education

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy with a focus in Movement/Musical Theatre
Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with Dance minor
Minnesota State University – Moorhead

Teaching Specialties

  • Social Dance
  • Musical theatre
  • Folk Dance
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Choreography

Research Interests

  • Ballroom/Social Dance
  • Folk Dance
  • Musical Theatre Dance History
  • Roots of modern dance styles

Affiliations

  • Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium
  • Association of Theatre Movement Educators
  • Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance
  • National Dance Education Organization

Biography

Brianna joined the A-State Department of Theatre as a choreographer and dance instructor. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy, with a focus in Movement/Musical Theatre, from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre as well as a Dance minor from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Before attending graduate school, she worked as a teaching artist at Roanoke Children’s Theatre, and as a freelance choreographer, getting to work not only in the theatre, but also setting a piece for the City Modern Ensemble in Roanoke, VA. During her time at VCU she had the opportunity to work on a number of wonderful projects, including almost a year of workshopping, with Patti D'Beck, for the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s new musical, Mata Hari. A current passion of hers is working to incorporate her background of ethnic folk dance and ballroom dance into her study of performance and instruction for the theatrical stage; and using dancer/actors (or 'danctors') to tell stories without words by utilizing the international language of body movement.

Brianna Larson


Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2355
F: (870) 972-2830


Office

Building: Fowler Center
Room: 158C