Master of Fine Arts in Acting | University of Georgia
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting/Minor in Communications | Old Dominion University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE & INTERESTS
Background: Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, Solo Performance Development, and Cultural Enrichment programming.
MEMBERSHIP & ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME)
A.E.A Equity Member Candidate (EMC)
Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Fraternity)
Black Theatre Network (BTN)
Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)
Brittney S. Harris, a native of Norfolk, VA, has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Theatre Performance with a minor in Communications from Old Dominion University. Most recently, she was a teaching fellow of Theatre and Performance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA., a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Old Dominion University and as of Fall 2020 has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts.
Brittney's research efforts are supported and documented by the practices of PaR (Performance as Research). Her areas of expertise and interests are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, Solo Performance Development, and performative community-engaged programming. Throughout the Southeast regions of VA, NC, DC, and GA, Brittney has created numerous community engagement-based projects and conducted workshops on solo performance development and devised theatre for the past 10 years including Black Theatre Network (BTN), KCACTF Region IV, Georgia Theatre Conference (GTC) and Virginia Theatre Association Conference (VTA). Brittney has created work and performed professionally at Virginia Stage Company, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Hampton University.
Featured directed performances/programming include The Hidden History of the Banjo (Zeiders American Dream Theater); Intimate Apparel and devised both Symptomatic: IRL and Echoes: Transcending Through Story for the ODURep Theatre Mainstage season and Resilient Stillness: A Project about Stillness and Togetherness for the 2020 ODU Summer Arts Series. Currently, she is workshopping and touring her three solo performance projects, Pedigree, The Intersection: The Sandra Bland Project and Being B.A.D.; each project explores the adverse effects of violence in social media on the personal psyche and how narrative-based storytelling is used as a vessel for social resilience and redemption. These projects are called Drama to Drama: From the Headlines to the Stage. Specific topics explored, but not limited to, are Racial Injustice, Gender Equality, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Diversity/ Inclusion.
She was invited, as a workshop presenter and artist, to several national interdisciplinary conferences, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE); 2020 & 2021 Global Conference on Women and Gender; BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival; Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), and Black Theatre Network Annual Conference.
Beyond her extensive educational and performance credentials, she possesses about ten years’ experience in cultural enrichment, youth development/involvement, and grant writing.
Membership affiliations: ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), ATME (Association for Theatre Movement Educators), BTN (Black Theatre Network), WOCA (Women of Color in the Arts), Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Fraternity), AEA EMC (Equity Member Candidate).