Brown will be the first Black woman to serve as both director &
choreographer on Broadway in more than 65 years
Producers Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons and Kenneth Teaton announced today that Tony Award
nominee Camille A. Brown will direct the upcoming production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored
girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf on Broadway in 2022. This will mark
Brown’s directorial debut on Broadway.
Brown, who served as choreographer on the 2019 production of the play at The Public Theater
off-Broadway, will also continue in her role as choreographer on Broadway, making her the first
Black woman to serve as both director and choreographer on a Broadway production in more
than 65 years.
Among the previous Broadway productions Brown has choreographed are Once On This Island
and Choir Boy, for which she received a Tony nomination in 2019, making her the first Black
female choreographer to receive the honor in more than two decades. She is also known for her
work on “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” the Oscar nominated Netflix film Ma Rainey’s
Black Bottom, as well as the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess. She is the
founder and artistic director of the award-winning dance company Camille A. Brown and Dancers.
“I’m extremely thrilled and honored to helm this new production of for colored girls…,” said
Brown. “It’s an amazing feeling to bring this seminal show back to Broadway 45 years after it
opened at the Booth Theatre on September 15, 1976. I look forward to diving into the divine
Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem and celebrating her legacy.”
“It is an honor to help usher the return of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking work to Broadway
under the direction and choreography of Camille A. Brown, who is herself blazing a new path on
Broadway as the first Black woman in more than 65 years taking on this dual role,” said producer
Ron Simons. “I am quite confident that the ancestors and Ntozake’s spirit are lifted.”
A groundbreaking work in modern American theater, for colored girls who have considered
suicide/when the rainbow is enuf returned to The Public for the first time since it premiered in
1976, before its breakthrough run on Broadway.
Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-
changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven Black women using poetry, song and movement.
With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist
in a world shaped by sexism and racism.