Brett Ashley Robinson

2021 PEW FELLOW
Updated
15 Feb 2022

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Brett sits on a chair in her apartment in front of a wall covered in framed images. She has warm brown skin and black hair worn in an afro. She wears a bright ankara print one-shoulder top, jeans, and wooden earrings.

Brett Ashley Robinson, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd. 

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Brett leans against a table in her apartment. One wall behind her is covered in maps, another with framed images. She has warm brown skin and black hair worn in an afro. She wears a bright ankara print one-shoulder top and jeans.

Brett Ashley Robinson, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Brett sits in front of a wall covered in various maps. She has warm brown skin and black hair worn in an afro. She wears a bright ankara print one-shoulder top and wooden earrings.

Brett Ashley Robinson, 2021 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Pew Fellow Brett Ashley Robinson in This Is On Record, 2018, Applied Mechanics. Photo by Tasha Doremus.

“I push beyond cultural comfort to a place of transformation, rejecting the catharsis of theater and instead inviting questions, confusion, and greater self-reflection.”

Brett Ashley Robinson’s (she/her) work blends physical ensemble performance, drag burlesque culture, documentary theater, and clowning. In participatory experiences designed for the theater as well as site-specific, community-based events, she invites audiences to reckon with history, examine their beliefs and perspectives, and engage with imaginative Black theater. Her work Re-Enactment incorporates oral histories of people who experienced the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia and is intended to be performed at home by families, friends, congregations, and other communities. She has performed with numerous companies, including The Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Lightning Rod Special, and is a company member of The Wilma Theater’s HotHouse ensemble and Applied Mechanics. Robinson teaches acting at the University of the Arts. She earned a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.