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Being B.A.D., performed and written by Brittney S. Harris audience feedback:
"Bold. Alive. Determined. Brittney Harris’s solo performance of ‘Being B.A.D.’ is all of those things and more. In this piece, the Virginia Tech MFA Fellow takes the audience on a journey into one woman’s story—one woman, who is also many women. A vulnerable, nervous, yet powerful woman battling a life time off messages about behavior and relationships but who finally finds her voice within the noise that surrounds her.
This compelling performance delves into the complexity of gender-based violence and healing and aroused within me many emotions. Harris’s physicality and voice are artfully crafted giving this difficult piece a true sense of beauty. A performance that must been seen more than once in order to truly catch the nuances and layers, Harris brings the character of Kendra Foster to life. Kendra could be—and is—any woman. Sexual, domestic, relationship, and interpersonal violence impact too many women daily, and Harris’s piece brought to light some of the seemingly innocuous ways in which it manifests.
Harris uses her words and physicality to showcase the various ways in which gender-violence is enacted—hands gripping her throat, words used to cut her down. This piece is beautiful presented, and has the potential to bring tears to all who have the privilege to witness Harris in action.
Being B.A.D., performed and written by Brittney S. Harris, selected for the Women’s Theatre Festival Fringe 2019, Raleigh N.C.
Reviewed by: Naveed Moeed of Chatham Life and Style, 'Theatre Review: Best of the Women's Theatre Festival', 31 July 2019
" Being B.A.D. was good. Very good. Written and performed by Brittney S. Harris, this is the story of a woman’s oppression at the hands of family, spouse and society. Harris uses a narrative both physical and verbal in nature as she animalistically mirrors the history of abuse across the stage. We’re captivated by the story of a survivor who once internalized their abuse and, most importantly, how they can reclaim their power.
As both playwright and performer, Harris is a rising star; we encourage you to look out for her. "
Titus Andronicus, directed by Ray Paolino for the Drama Department of the University of Georgia, Fine Arts Theatre, University of Georgia, Athens (Ga.)
Reviewed by: Janice Valls-Russell and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, University Paul Vale´ry Montpellier 3, 12 April 2017
"Working with Brittney has always been a consistent growth experience. Never in my academic career have I met a professor so elaborately in-tune emotionally, and wonderfully driven by learning and desire for my success. She's someone who can see through your flaws and recognize the beauty and importance of what you currently have and then shape it into something great. She doesn't teaches you just about whats needed in class but what it takes to be and have a character and whilst having your own individuality to it. She is an amazing inspiring woman who pushes you forward but also someone who you can easily connect and relate to in so many ways than one, which is often rare in academic circles, as she is the first and only professor I can communicate with about literally anything. I have nothing more than tremendous love, respect and gratitude for Ms. Brittney Harris, as she has made a lasting impact on my life as an actor and an independent individual."
-Junior, THEA 352 Acting Three
"My experience with Brittney was phenomenal. She is the best professor I’ve ever had. She is understanding, kind , detailed , and connects with all of her students on such a caring level. I’ve never felt close to any of my professors but she really made me push through and too never give up on myself. Not only was she my teacher but too me she was always a person I could go to for help. She made my last semester worth continuing my journey."
-Senior, THEA 152R Acting One
"It has been a great experience have a professor so outgoing and caring about her students. She truly connects with the students 1 on 1 to make sure they are mentally okay alongside with her course. I never had a professor connect so much with a student and I love it."
-Sophomore, THEA 152R Acting One
"I had an amazing time in class with Brittney as my professor. She was understanding of us and our needs, and genuinely cared about us and what we had to bring to the table. She took the time to get to know our strengths and weaknesses. I remember how good it felt to know that in our scene projects, she paired us up according to what she saw in us, and not just at random. During a discussion about our “type”, she offered very helpful (and confidence boosting!) insight on how she felt about what our “type” was, and highlighted the strengths she saw in us. I would absolutely take another class with her, and will definitely keep in touch. She’s a very valuable resource and a fantastic teacher!"
-Sophomore, THEA 152R Acting One
Brittney really helped me discover things about myself I probably would never been able to uncover. Her teachings have already helped me in other classes and will probably continue to help me in the future. She also helped me discover an unknown love for acting and I’m am beyond grateful for her.
-Junior, THEA 152R Acting One
Student evaluation scores available upon request.
The first time I met Brittney, she was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for my History of African American Theatre class at the University of Georgia. We’d never crossed paths before that class, but I am so grateful that we did. That class was the beginning of me declaring myself a theatre major. I had always enjoyed the arts and had nothing but respect for those who made it a lifestyle. I’d never had the courage or the confidence to do such a thing until Brittney told me that she saw something in me. It was after a performance my group members and I had to do in front of the class. I was very nervous because though I was enjoying every moment of the class and the experiences that came along with it, I was very self-conscious that I wasn’t good enough. Until she told me that I was. She is the most kind, warm-hearted, gentle, intelligent woman I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.
She brought me out of my shell more than she probably knows and gave me the initiative I needed to do something I love. She has coached me through countless monologues and has always has constructive criticism that I used to better my skill and my technique. She is a wonderful friend whom I can talk to anything about. She genuinely cares about my well being, my mental state of mind, and whether or not I’m doing what I love. Brittney is an amazing teacher, mentor, counselor, but most importantly she cares. I have thrown myself into the theatre world and I am seeing how much of the right decision it was. I truly owe it all to Brittney.
-Ashleigh, THEA 4480/6680 History of African American Theatre, University of Georgia
Brittney is extremely dedicated and passionate about her work. I have worked with her on outreach for the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia, and she never fails to inspire me with her balance of professionalism and entertainment when talking to and working with high schoolers and perspective students. She truly cares about them, and wants to see them succeed in college and beyond. I have seen her work with kids who come to her shy and downtrodden, and leave with a newfound confidence and a positive outlook on life. She is always able to address their questions and concerns, and if she can't, she always knows who can. She does extensive preperation before visiting or workong with any of the kids, because she wants to ensure that she is giving them nothing less than her best. She also makes sure that everyone assisting her operates with the same level of professionalism and preparedness that she does.
Having someone give us that extra push to to be our best self is extremely beneficial to myself and anyone else who works with her. I believe I speak for anyone who has worked with her when I say that working with Brittney is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had.
-Eric, Outreach & Recruitment for UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies
I first met Brittney in a beginner’s acting class that she taught my sophomore year of college. Out of all the acting classes I’ve taken, Brittney has been one of the most helpfully constructive teachers. She was attentive to the students’ needs and constantly did everything she could to ensure that everyone was grasping the lessons and growing as actors throughout the class. If a student was not understanding something, she spent time working with them and supporting them until they achieved their goal within a scene or monologue.
On the two separate occasions that I decided to audition for UGA’s Theatre department, Brittney has taken time out of her schedule to personally coach me. Her feedback is knowledgeable and honest in a way that moves my monologue work forward in understanding my character’s objectives tactics. I could not be more grateful for the time and energy that she has dedicated to helping me achieve my goals as an actor.
-Kileigh, THEA 2010 Acting for Non-Majors, University of Georgia
It wasn’t for you, Brittney I don’t know if I would want to be an actor today. The moment you stepped into the room it seemed as if you just soaked up the air in the room. There is a sense of energetic aura you give off that seeps into others in the room, whether they know it or not. I only took the class due to a mild interest in acting, but you took that mild interest to another level. Acting wasn’t simply just pretending to be another thing anymore. There were steps, procedures, and training needed to become an actor.
One of the first things we learned was how to breathe. I thought breathing was just you know, breathing but I learned momentum and build up through it and how breathes could raise the stakes in certain scenes. Not only was breathing emphasized but posture, vocal warm ups, confidence, especially confidence was taught. The foundation was set all I needed was a little push to really get going. When you told us we would get bonus points for auditioning I really just wanted the points, never did I dream I would get casted. I had no idea what to do or what to say so all I had was you for guidance. You helped me go through being a stage actor and then coached me individually on my monologues. You told me there that when I perform you don’t see “another character but I see you. There is something special about that I want you to know.” That line is what really got my chains rolling. I made a firm decision to continue acting and now am getting ready to act in Korea. People always say you never know what could happen. And you know what? They’re right. Thea 2010 and especially Brittney S. Harris set such a strong foundation for my acting career. What I hope that you continue in your coaching/ teaching career is set more building blocks for more actors. You can never have enough talent and who knows maybe 20, 30 years in the future you may have a tree of mentees you have coached over the years. And we would just branch out and create more trees. But you would be the start.
So my biggest take away from you is seeing you as my acting role model and hope that you have more success stories as well. If I were to offer one piece of constructive criticism maybe spend a little more one on one time with your most passionate students? And really train them into the next generation of actors. Other than that really just amazing work Brittney and Thank you for everything you have taught me.
- Issac, THEA 2010 Acting For Non-Majors, University of Georgia
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