Brigette Dunn-Korpela

Author: ECHO
Credits: Photo by Andre Daughtry

Artistic Director and Choreographer-Brigette Dunn-Korpela, a Boston native earned her M.F.A in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts and her B.A. in dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Brigette is a performance artist, dance educator and choreographer for whom, creating art is an intimate and personal experience that investigates the universal spirit of our humanity. Her art is inspired by her African-American heritage, spiritually and metaphorically, yet made universally accessible. Her most recent work "Musings" was commissioned for NEXT, a dance concert series at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. In March 2014 Brigette premiered ECHO at the Sharon Disney Lund Theatre School of Dance. 2011 she created Love Letters, a choreo/poem addressing love and loss which was premiered at the & Now Literary arts festival is Paris, France. One of Brigette's biggest honors was as the female dance captain and dancer swing for Walt Disney's 1st National U.S. tour of the Tony award-winning musical "The Lion King" 2001-2010.

Additionally, Brigette was a former dancer with Denver based Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (1996-2000) she performed in noted venues Gomhouria Theatre of the Cairo Opera House, Egypt (1999) which appeared in Dancing along the Nile a documentary, which won a Bronze Telly Award as well as Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Washington D.C (2001). Brigette appeared in the Dance Women Living Legends concert at Aaron Davis Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music NY., and NJPAC in Ronald K. Brown's Ebony to a Village (Original Cast 1997). Brigette has also performed periodically with the Denver Symphony Orchestra in their productions of  Firebird and Cinderella. She has performed roles by Nobel Prize playwright Derek Walcott in Steel (1989-91) and Dream on Monkey Mountain (1996-97) at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and the Tony Award Winning Theatre Company Denver Center for the Performing Arts Denver, CO.

Brigette is currently teaching modern and ballet technique at CSU/Fullerton in Fullerton, CA. She lives in L. A. with her husband Petri Korpela and their two dogs Diamond and Coltrane.