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Brynn Shiovitz

Lecturer of Dance

Brynn Shiovitz is a writer, scholar, educator, and dancer based in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of Behind the Screen: Tap Dance, Race, and Invisibility During Hollywood’s Golden Age (Oxford, 2023), which explores a history of audible blackface and more covert forms of racial masquerade in live action film and animation during the 1930s and 1940s. In particular the book explores how tap dance and technology helped to mask racial caricature and ultimately how, in combination, allowed films to sidestep Production Code guidelines.

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She is also the editor of The Body, the Dance and the Text: Essays on Performance and the Margins of History (McFarland, 2019), a collection of essays which explore the many ways in which writing relates to corporeality and how the two work together to create, resist or mark the body of the “Other.” Her writing on performance can also be seen in SCREEN, Dance Chronicle, Women and Performance, Jazz Perspectives, Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, and Dance Research Journals, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Newsweek, Jewish Journal, LA Dance Chronicle, Dance, Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher Magazines, and a forthcoming Oxford Handbook in Black Dance Studies edited by Thomas DeFrantz.

Aside from her research, Brynn has danced professionally with the Oakland-based Mills College Repertory Dance Company and the New York-based tap dance company TapOle. Most recently she has performed with Meredith Monk at the Freud Playhouse, the Trisha Brown Dance Company at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, and was in the Los Angeles cast of Jérôme Bel’s Bessie Award Winning show, The Show Must Go On. She has taught movement and theory across the country at schools such as UCLA, Chapman, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), and Brooklyn College. In addition to dance, Brynn is a certified Mat Pilates and Hatha yoga instructor.​