Clifton Brown

(Goodyear, Arizona)

2016–17 Season: Associate Choreographer of Aida

Making his San Francisco Opera debut, Clifton Brown began his professional career when he joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1999. He was featured in the company’s many works, named Assistant Rehearsal Director, and served as Judith Jamison's choreographic assistant. Brown has received a Bessie Award and Black Theater Arts Award in recognition of his contribution to the Ailey company. He has also danced with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and as a guest artist with Miami City Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Nevada Ballet, and Parsons Dance Company. He has made several television appearances including as a guest artist on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Brown is a founding member of Jessica Lang Dance. He continues to assist Lang on her creations across the globe, most recently for Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Glimmerglass Festival.