Brian McCormick is an activist, writer, and educator. 25 years ago, he received a Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award and was nominated for a President’s Volunteer Action Award for coordinating a writing workshop with homeless youth. He ran a creative writing workshop for Youth Enrichment Services at The Center in the early 1990’s, and since 1997 he has been a contributing editor at Gay City News. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Advocate, Movement Research Journal, Dance Magazine, Dance Studio Life, and BAMbill. He served on the New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies) committee from 2002-2012, and was producing director of Nicholas Leichter Dance from 1996-2012. He is on the board of directors of Pentacle/Dance Works, Inc.
Since 2003, he has taught for the nationally recognized Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program of Arts Connection, facilitating critical engagement with art across multiple disciplines, including media. In 2012 he created the after school program at Baryshnikov Arts Center, developing new approaches to critical engagement with teens from NYC public high schools. He has been a teaching-artist for Scholastic Arts, The Rubin Museum, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and Hong Kong Arts Festival Young Friends program. He has been a panelist, moderator, guest curator, or adjudicator for Theater Communications Group (New Generations Program), New York Foundation for the Arts, Joyce Theater Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, LMCC, The Ailey Certificate School, Movement Research, National Performing Arts Convention, and the CMJ Music Marathon.
In addition to teaching graduate courses in media studies at The New School, Brian has taught at Pratt and worked with Hollins University MFA in dance program; and starting in fall 2017 he will be teaching courses in theater and communications at Lehman College.
BA, Psychology - SUNY Binghamton
MA, Media Studies - The New School for Social Research
Media Practices: Design