Camille A. Brown
Camille A. Brown and Juel Lane, award-winning choreographers and dancers, are the recipients of the second annual Alumni Artpreneur of the Year awards from their alma mater, UNC School of the Arts. Brown and Lane, 2001 and 2002 graduates of the School of Dance, respectively, will each receive $20,000. Brown’s award, for creative enterprise, will sustain her New York-based company Camille A. Brown & Dancers that she founded in 2006. Lane’s award, for a creative project, will be used to create new choreographic work.
The Chancellor’s Alumni Artpreneur of the Year Awards was launched in 2018 to support alumni who establish creative projects or creative enterprises of the highest merit, artistic excellence or innovative potential.
Brown has choreographed for dance companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women and for theater productions including “Once on This Island.” In April 2018, she was the choreographer for the Emmy Award-winning “Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert” on NBC. In 2016, her TED-Ed talk, “A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves,” was chosen as one of the most notable talks of the year by TED Curator Chris Anderson.
Lane is the recipient of two Celebration of Dance Awards in his native city of Atlanta, for Choreographer of the Year and Best Choreography for Live Performance for “Touch & Agree.” He is currently dancing with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In September 2018, he premiered “DM” at UNCSA’s Fall Dance concert.
“An artpreneur is an artist who is not defined by what is, but inspired by all that could be; who is business savvy and technologically aware; who is devoted to creating value and impact through their creative practice; who reaches beyond existing disciplines to create new ways to connect with others; who is willing to take creative risks in order to positively transform our world,” UNCSA Chancellor Lindsay Bierman said.
“Camille A. Brown and Juel Lane exemplify what it means to be an artpreneur,” he added. “Trained as dancers and choreographers, they create groundbreaking work that enriches our culture, enlightens our society, lifts our spirits, and feeds our souls. They take creative risks, but are grounded in sound business practices. We’re proud of them, and we’re pleased to support their very promising careers.”