Brian T. Vernon, M.F.A.,
Mr. Vernon is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre/Dance. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Director of Dance at Alabama State University (Montgomery) where he founded one of only two BFA Dance Programs in the state. He also founded the Dance program at the University of Central Florida (Orlando) during his time there as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Dance.
Mr. Vernon has held tenure at four universities. He holds a BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and an MFA in Dance from the University of California (Irvine.)
As a performer, his credits include the international tour of the Tony Award-Winning musical Black and Blue. As a director, his credits include numerous diverse shows ranging from Ain’t Misbehavin’ to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mr. Vernon has also choreographed, produced, and performed in numerous Concert Dance works. He has worked and trained with many renowned and distinguished choreographers/dancers including Henry LeTang, Donald McKayle, Milton Myers, LaVaughn Robinson, and Bunny Briggs.
Mr. Vernon has visited South Africa six times to teach dance in underprivileged townships and choreograph for a professional South African Dance Company. He remains active and serves on the Board of Directors for several arts organizations. He has received many awards and recognitions. Special among them is The University of the Arts Outstanding Alumni Award for his work in South Africa.