Master of Fine Arts in Acting
University of Georgia
Areas of Emphasis: Performance, Cultural Enrichment, Diversity and Inclusion
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting/Minor in Communications
Old Dominion University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE & INTERESTS
Background: Race Performance, Theatre of the Oppressed, Solo Performance Development, Cultural Enrichment, and Youth Development
MEMBERSHIP & ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)
A.E.A Equity Member Candidate (EMC)
Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Fraternity)
U.G.A Graduate Emerging Leader
Brittney S. Harris has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia. She holds a B.F.A in Acting and Theatre Performance with a minor in Communications from Old Dominion University. Most recently, she was an instructor of Theatre and Performance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA. and in Fall 2019, Brittney will be starting at Old Dominion University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts.
Her areas of expertise are in performance, cultural enrichment, and diversity/inclusion. Brittney’s PaR (Performance as Research) emphasis is in Race Performance, Activist Theatre, and youth-based Cultural Enrichment programming. Beyond her extensive educational and performance credentials, she possesses about seven years’ experience in cultural enrichment, youth development/involvement, and grant writing. Throughout the Southeast regions of VA, NC, and GA, Brittney has created and conducted workshops on personal development and cultural identity for the past 5 years. Through 2013-2016, she toured as a Keynote Speaker to multiple universities in the state of Virginia and addressed the topics of Bystander Intervention and Youth Violence Awareness.
As a professor, her approach to education centers around providing a sacred space for discovery, exploration, and individuality. While pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Georgia, Brittney instructs undergraduate courses in Acting for Non-Majors, History of African-American Theatre, Characterization, Solo Performance, and youth community-based workshops in audition prep and personal/artistic development. In Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, she developed and workshopped a one-woman show centered around the #SayHerName Movement titled The Intersection about Black Lives Matters Activist Sandra Bland. Currently, she is workshopping two independent projects exploring the effects of social media on the personal psyche. These projects are called Drama to Drama: From the Headlines to the Stage. Specific topics explored, but not limited to, are Domestic Violence Awareness and Diversity/ Inclusion.
Between 2018 and 2019, Brittney was invited, as a presenter and artist, to workshop her two solo performance projects, The Intersection and Being B.A.D., at several national interdisciplinary conferences, including the Annual African, African American, & Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Conference and 2019 Gender, Bodies & Technology Conference: TechnoLogics: Power and Resistance.
Her personal aesthetics for performative and outreach initiatives is creating an environment for individuals that is free from predispositions and limitations. Through the idea of experiential learning, Brittney is adapting a skill set and practice that will present an open forum for both theatrical and non-theatrical individuals to explore their own artistic and leadership interests using Augusto Boal’s Theatre for the Oppressed and Improvisational techniques. By providing resources and exercises for utilizing one’s own distinctive histories and experiences, Brittney believes we can foster a community of artists built on confidence and artistic integrity.
Membership affiliations: ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) , WOCA (Women of Color in the Arts), Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Fraternity), AEA EMC (Equity Member Candidate).