bernice johnson reagon

bernice johnson reagon

Millicent Johnnie Choreography Reel 2014

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Millicent Johnnie's work has been staged throughout the United States and abroad, and on award-winning stages including The Public Theater in New York City, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the National Black Arts Festival, Danspace Project, Bam Harvey Theater in Brooklyn, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Gammage Theatre, South Africa, Brazil, and India. Dance company credits include Urban Bush Women, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Dallas Black Dance Theater, among others. She has had the pleasure of working closely with acclaimed opera directors Robert Wilson and Peter Sellars; theatre directors John O'Neal, Rhodessa Jones, Will Power and Liesl Tommy and has worked with award-winning composers Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Justin Ellington. Johnnie has directed and choreographed "West Side Story" co-produced by University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Southern Methodist University in addition to "Rent" produced by Ferndale Repertory Theater receiving a "Best Director" award and "Best Musical" award in California. The commercial industry has also proven to be an arena in which she has adapted her talents, working with artists Usher Raymond, Chrisette Michele, Bill Summers (Los Hombres Calientes), Lord Jamar (Brand Nubian), Tekeitha Wisdom (Wu-Tang), celebrity photographer Jonathan Mannion (Jay-Z, Drake, Nicki Minaj) and staging opening acts for artists like Dave Chapelle, Michael Blackson and Angélique Kidjo. Recently, Johnnie choreographed the feature film Scary Movie 5, directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by David Zucker, which opened at box offices worldwide in summer 2013. Academic highlights include an invitation to create and perform a solo through the University of Cape Town in South Africa as a part of the Nelson Mandela Project that would be included in the "10 Days of National Mourning of Nelson Mandela". Johnnie also serves as a Professor of Dance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.