Brianne Camp is a second generation choreographer who is now making a name for herself in the DC area. As daughter to choreographic genius Karma Camp, Brianne has assisted on or co- choreographed Hairspray, Xanadu (assisting Matthew Gardiner) and Overtures Musical Theatre Institute all at Signature Theatre. Her work has also been seen on Disney Cruise lines, including the musical Aladdin. On her own Brianne’s work was recently seen in The Taming of The Shrew at Folger Theatre. She has taught and choreographed productions at Interlochen Academy in Michigan and this fall will return as a performer in Signature’s Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for which she will be also be assisting her Mom on.
Did you study dance in school?
Growing up I studied at a competitive studio in Southern Maryland starting at the age of 2. I actually did not study dance in College. I was a member of my university’s dance team, which kept me dancing. I have a BS in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and I minored in French.
What was the first show you worked on as a choreographer?
The first show I ever choreographed was AIDA at Interlochen Arts Center for their high school musical theatre production. The director put a lot of trust in me and gave me free rein to help start my creative career.
Your mother Karma Camp is a choreographic goddess here in the DC area. Did she encourage you growing up to get into the same profession as she is in?
No. My mother always wanted me to reach for my own dreams. If dancing and choreographing wasn’t in the cards for me then she would have fully supported whatever I chose to do. She just wants me to happy and passionate about my career. It has been nice to start this journey with her though, we found out we make a great team.
What has been the toughest show for you to choreograph thus far?
Always a tough question. Carousel was probably my toughest project at Interlochen Arts Center. When working in educational theatre you don’t always get the technicians you need and for Carousel you need a good amount, especially with the “Dream Ballet.” Luckily, I worked with some fantastic kids who let me whip them into shape and make them into dancers. The show was beautiful but I still feel to this day it was my toughest project. Carousel is a hard show to do.
What are your next few projects?
I am currently working on Overtures, the summer musical theatre intensive at Signature Theatre. I fly back up to Interlochen to teach a few master classes. Then I get to stay home for a while as I help my mother choreograph The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Signature Theatre, which I will also be performing in.
See Mark Beachy’s interview with Brianne and Karma Camp at the Helen Hayes Nominees Reception. (Fast forward to 8:22.)