Theatre TCU Interviews Tony Award-Nominated Director and Choreographer


Seven women stand staggered, dancing on stage.

The cast of “For Colored Girls…” performs on stage.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to include an additional podcast.

Theatre TCU senior Tychelle Bearden and  faculty member Ayvaunn Penn recently interviewed Camille A. Brown, the Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer of the Broadway revival of “For Colored Girls…” for Black and Making It. Theatre TCU alumna Rachael Marie Palmer ’21 also recently wrote a review of the show for Black and Making It.

“For Colored Girls…,” written by Ntozake Shange, is the most Tony Award-nominated play this season with seven nominations; winners will be announced at the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 12.

The play follows “….seven women [who] share their stories and find strength in each other’s humor and passion through a fusion of music, dance, poetry and song that explodes off the stage and resonates with all.”

In the video interview, Bearden and Penn ask Brown about being the first Black woman in more than 65 years to direct and choreograph a Broadway show, moving the show from off-Broadway to its current home in New York’s Booth Theatre and more.

In a recent podcast, Penn and theatre senior D’Mariel Jones interviewed Michael R. Jackson, book writer, lyricist and composer behind the hit musical A Strange Loop, which is currently running on Broadway. In addition to winning the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A Strange Loop also won Jackson two Tony Awards this season: Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical.

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