Betsy Brandt | Webster University

Betsy Brandt

Adjunct Faculty
Introduction to Global Dance, Improvisation, Dance History, Composition

Betsy Brandt

Betsy Brandt is an interdisciplinary dance educator, dramaturg, writer, maker, and mover. She currently holds a faculty appointment at Webster University, teaching courses in history, theory, composition, and technique. A pioneer of the emergent role of dramaturgy in contemporary dance, recent dramaturgical projects include Sara Hook and Elizabeth Johnson's Erstwhiles and Somnambulations(2017), Kate Corby's Harbor (2016), Sara Hook and Paul Matteson's Bored House Guests (2014), and Jennifer Monson's Bessie-nominated Live Dancing Archive (2013). In 2012, Brandt collaborated with Doris Duke Performing Arts Award recipient Tere O'Connor to develop a dance-film installation of the choreographer's work for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Brandt's dramaturgical work is shaped by her history as a choreographer and performer, having danced in works by diverse artists including Victoria Marks, Lisa Race, Kim Epifano, Jennifer Monson, and Bebe Miller. In 2017/18, Brandt was one of five dance writers from across the country to be invited to participate in the pilot Dance Writing Laboratory sponsored by the National Center for Choreography at NCCAkron. Brandt's scholarship has also been presented at a Special Topics conference of the Congress on Research in Dance, the Congress of Illinois's Beyond Utopia conference, and as part of the Lorado Taft Lectureship series. Brandt was the Co-Artistic Director of the aTrek Dance Collective from 2003-2009, served as the president of the Board of Directors for Leverage Dance Theater from 2013-2018, and is a current member of the Artist Advisory Board for The Luminary, an interdisciplinary arts incubator. Brandt also worked in arts administration and program development with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Young Audiences of St. Louis. Her research and choreographic works have been supported by the Lorado Taft Lectureship Fund (2015), UIUC's Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship (2009-2012), the Mary Elizabeth Hamstrom Award (2010), the Patricia Knowles Graduate Travel Award (2011), and the Moe Family Award (2012). She earned her MFA in dance, with a research emphasis in cinema studies, from University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, where she was also a teaching assistant and an adjunct faculty member. She received her BA in dance and political history from Kenyon College.