Selena La’Chelle Brown is an artist scholar who came to Brown in 2004 after earning a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California Riverside, where she began her ventures into the world of dance. At Brown she continued to develop as a dancer and choreographer, and her choreoplay, So(L)una, debuted at Rites & Reason Theatre in 2007. That year she presented “Performing Casta Identities in Colonial Mexico City,” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and presented “A Taylorian Intervention into Staging Cherríe Moraga’s The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea,” at the Tepotzlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Américas just outside of Mexico City.
After earning her A.M. in Theatre & Performance Studies, she took some time off, and conducted research from her new base in Mexico City. During that time she worked as a sixth grade teacher, and is currently serving as an arts integration specialist and modern dance instructor at an international school.
Selena also holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and an M.Ed. in International Education. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “(Re)Membering Mexicanidad: Performing Afro-Mexican Identity in the (Bi)Centennial”, is being written under the guidance of Dr. Patricia Ybarra.