Brooklyn Draper is a performer, choreographer, educator, and researcher currently residing in Missoula, MT. She received her MFA from the University of Utah in 2019. In 2012 she received a Post-Graduate degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, UK and in 2011 she received her BA with a minor in Anthropology. Brooklyn has had the honor to perform In the U.S., China, and the UK and to work with over 20 choreographers including Hagit Yakira, Gary Lambert, Eric Handman, Pamela Geber Handman, and most recently Anouk van Dijk. Companies that Brooklyn has performed with include Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, Co.da, Porridge for Goldilocks, Triptych Figures, and various project-based works.
Brooklyn’s choreographic work has been shown nationally and internationally through Mudson, WCDC, Artist Interrupted, Beijing Dance Academy (China), Bonnie Bird Theater (U.K.), Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (UT), Flatlands Dance Theater (TX), Utah Metropolitan Ballet, Utah Valley University, and University of Montana. Her most recent works “All Thorns and No Flowers" and "Void and Withered" premiered in Missoula, Montana Fall 2019. In November of 2018, "The Wallflowers" premiered at the Hayes-Christensen Theater (UT). "The Wallflowers" was recently chosen to be shown at the ACDA Northwest Conference in 2019.
Brooklyn was co-director and founder of Salt Lake City-based dance company, Triptych Figures, from 2014-2016, where she regularly choreographed, performed, and taught workshops for the company. Triptych Figures was dedicated to collaboration and activism within the Salt Lake Community. She also co-directed Speakers’ Corner SLC 2015-2017, to provide a space dedicated to the dialogue of the present by bringing citizens, politicians, scientists, activists, and artists together to work on solutions.
While attending the University of Utah, Brooklyn received a Certification as a Laban Movement Analyst through the Integrated Studies program under the mentorship of Peggy Hackney and Janice Meaden. Brooklyn’s most recent research was a study under the mentorship of Tom Welsh, to determine the percentage of modern dance majors who have detectable Leg Length Discrepancies and correlations of self-reported orthopedic complications. Brooklyn was also the recipient of the Sally Fitt Award Spring 2018 from the University of Utah and was also awarded the prestigious University Teaching Assistantship to design and teach her own course, "Collision Theory: The Essence of Collaboration" for Spring 2019. Brooklyn is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Montana.