Patricia Brown

Visiting Instructor Dance

Theater Building, 206
Telephone: 651-696-6089

Patricia Brown is an adjunct faculty member of Macalester College, who has been teaching dance in the Theater Arts and Dance Department since 2002, and who has been affiliated with the department since the latter 1990’s. For 21 years, she has been an active member of the Twin Cities arts community as a dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer. She is an African-based movement instructor whose style is rooted in dance of West Africa and other African regions, the Caribbean, and the Americas. She is a teaching artist who works with students of all age groups in a wide variety of settings, including primary and secondary schools, juvenile detention facilities, summer programs, dance studios, community centers, and with organizations such as Arts-Us, Penumbra Theatre Company’s Summer Institute, and the VocalEssence WITNESS School Program. She is also an adjunct faculty member who teaches dance in the Theatre Arts and Dance department at the University of Minnesota, where she received the College of Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Century Council Diverse Community Award. Penumbra Summer Institute created the Patricia A. Brown scholarship in her name. She was also nominated for a Sage Award in the category of “Outstanding Dance Educator.”

Her performance credits include Children’s Theatre Company, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and Patrick’s Cabaret, where she premiered her one-woman show, “Here I Stand” as part of the “People of Color Performance Cabaret.” In addition, she was the founder, director, choreographer, and costumer for The Spirit of Ashe’ Performing Arts Company, and a member of the Burundi African Dance Company, The Circle of Choice Ensemble, The Dancers and Drummers of Langa, Nimely Pan African Dance Company, and a guest performer with Sundance Production Multiple Performing Arts Company.

Her choreography has been seen on area stages including the Walker Arts Center, Southern Theater, Macalester College, and the Minnesota Historical Society. As a movement coach, she has worked with theaters such as Pillsbury House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, SteppingStone Theatre, and the History Theatre. 

Her national credits include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Guthrie Theater, Lied Center for Performing Arts, University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, Lincoln Memorial, St. John the Divine, and the Center for Puppetry Arts.