Dance Guest Artists

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown headshot

Photo © 1999, Jean Pagliuso.


Trisha Brown (Choreographer, Founding Artistic Director) from Aberdeen, Washington, is the most widely acclaimed choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era. After graduating from Mills College, Brown first came to public notice when she began showing her work with Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s. Along with like-minded artists, Brown began pushing the limits of what could be considered appropriate movement for choreography thereby changing modern dance forever. Brown explored dances for alternative spaces including rooftops and walls, forming Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970. Brown has created over 100 dance works since 1961, including several operas. She is an accomplished visual artist represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in NYC.

Amongst numerous honors, Brown was the first woman choreographer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Award.” She has been awarded two John Guggenheim Fellowships, the New York State Governor’s Arts Award, National Medal of Arts, and Commandeur des l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. She served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994-97. In 2011, she received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015, the Honors Award given by Dance/USA.

Campus Address

Lewis Center for the Arts