Diane Coburn Bruning


Diane Coburn Bruning is an award-winning choreographer who has worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight National Fellowship, Sundance Film Institute and support from Meet the Composer, Harkness Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The Carlisle Project, and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography among others.


Among the companies Diane has worked with are Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, American Repertory Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet Memphis, Daghdha Dance (Ireland), Minnesota Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Studio Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera and Glimmerglass Opera among others. Dance Magazine named her as one of “25 to Watch in 2003.” Her works appeared in the International Ballet Festival in Colombia, South American and her major work, Boots, was premiered near Berlin in 2010 for Ballett Magdeburg.  She founded Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians in New York in 2000 as a project-based company of dancers and musicians performing new and contemporary repertoire by Diane and other choreographers and composers in New York seasons and on tour.


Milwaukee Ballet recently performed her work, Ramblin’ Suite, which was originally created for The Atlanta Ballet with The Red Clay Ramblers playing live; tt received standing ovations every night. She is currently developing a new work, Antigone, with the Ramblers based on the Sophocles play as well as a full-evening work with Grammy Award-winning eighth blackbird based on stories of Edgar Allan Poe.  This year Diane has choreographed the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson for Studio Theatre and two productions for Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C.  She will also choreograph Don Giovanni, her third production, for Washington National Opera’s Kennedy Center season.  She is currently developing a project for a short dance film and full-evening ballet based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe.


Diane is a graduate of Butler University in Dance, receiving their Alumni Achievement Award, and of New York University with a Masters in choreography. She studied composition privately with Bessie Schoenberg, music with Juli Nunlist and ballet with David Howard who also helped produce her early work.  Diane studied on a post-graduate fellowship at Yale University School of Drama with renowned designers Jennifer Tipton in lighting and Ming Cho Lee in scenery; she now leads introductory seminars in lighting for choreographers. In addition to her work with professional companies, Diane has been a guest artist and teacher with over twenty  university dance departments including Juilliard, Tisch NYU and Butler University with residencies this year at Skidmore College, Elon University, Towson University, University of Richmond and George Mason University. Diane serves on grants panels and leads choreographic workshops.  She was a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute and New York City Ballet. She directed the Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle has led choreographic workshops at the School of the Washington Ballet and many colleges. 


Diane is a member of AGMA and associate member of SDC. For more information and media materials on Diane’s work: www.chamberdance.org.        

August 2012

Diana Cobrun Bruning