For Immediate Release
Tom Brown receives Honorary Doctorate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
23 October 2017 - Hong Kong Dance Alliance (the Alliance) presents its warmest congratulations to Tom Brown, who is being honoured with a Doctorate by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (The Academy) in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the performing arts in Hong Kong. The ceremony takes place at the Academy Drama Theatre this afternoon.
Brown has made an immeasurable contribution to the Hong Kong dance community over the past 30 years. He served the Academy as Head of Modern Dance, Associate Dean of Dance and Dean of Graduate Education. A founding member of the Alliance, he is Emeritus Chairman and a member of the Alliance’s Executive Committee as well as the Editor of dance journal/hk. In 2015 he received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Distinguished Achievement. The Alliance would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation for all he has done to promote the development of dance and dance education in Hong Kong.
Tom Brown – 2017 recipient Honorary Doctorate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Tom Brown is the Editor of dance journal/hk, and the retired Dean of Graduate Education and former Associate Dean of Dance and Head of Modern Dance at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he taught for 29 years.
He danced in New York City and Philadelphia in companies of Rudy Perez, Group Motion, and Zero Moving Dance Company, among others, and in works directed by José Limón, Daniel Lewis, and Anna Sokolow. In New York, he directed, choreographed, and danced for his own company, Dance Junction. He has staged over 100 productions from dance scores internationally; choreographed for concert stage, opera, drama, and musical theatre; notated the works of Humphrey, Takei, and Nijinska; and published in journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings.
He is Emeritus Chairman and a current executive committee member of Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Fellow of International Council of Kinetography Laban, member of the International Editorial Board of Research in Dance Education, Editor and contributor of Why They Dance: Narrations of Hong Kong Dance, and contributor to Hong Kong Dance Yearbook 2013-2014. Most recently, he has choreographed for the Musica Viva productions of Rigoletto (2013), Turandot (2014), and Romeo et Juliette (2015). Brown was the Bessie Schönberg Scholar and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2007, he received the Commendation Certificate from the HKSAR Secretary for Home Affairs “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities”. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards.