About Betsy Brandt
Betsy Brandt is an interdisciplinary dance educator, dramaturg, writer, maker, and mover. She previously held faculty appointments at Webster and Lindenwood Universities, teaching courses in history, gender/sexuality studies, composition, and technique. A pioneer of the emergent role of dramaturgy in dance and film projects, Brandt defines the dramaturg’s role as part advocate, part curator, part skeptic, and part embodied witness. In this ever-evolving capacity, Brandt has collaborated with Sara Hook, Elizabeth Johnson, Kate Corby, Paul Matteson, Jennifer Monson, Joanna Dee Das, Elleanor Harrison, and Paul Moon, among others. She has presented her scholarship via multiple platforms, including the Special Topics conference for the Congress on Research in Dance, the Dance Writing Lab at NCCAkron, and the Lorado Taft Lectureship series. She earned her MFA in dance, with a research emphasis in art history, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her BA in dance and political history from Kenyon College.