Associate Professor

Creator/Director Charlotte Brathwaite’s genre-defying work illuminates the realities and dreams of marginalized people; people whose stories have been silenced, disappeared, and ignored. Dealing with subject matter from the historical past to the distant future, her work brings to light issues of social justice, race, sex, power, and the complexities of the human condition. A director of classical texts, multimedia, site-specific, dance performances, operas, concerts, film, and installations - Brathwaite’s trans-disciplinary inquiry manifests in spectacles of color and music. Her works live in the deep time of aural/oral history and create an immersive experience for audience and performer alike which offers new perspectives in both form and content. Brathwaite’s live art has been presented across the globe and she's the recipient of several awards and citations including a Creative Capital award, a United States Artist Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio residency, multiple Map Fund Awards and the Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award. 


Brathwaite received her MFA at Yale School of Drama, a BA in Physical Theater at the Amsterdam School for the Arts (the Netherlands), and is a freelance director and Associate Professor in Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Learn more about her work at