Christina Ramos and Cameron Clarke in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Photo: Malloree Hill
"Consent is Sexy!"
Brooke works as an Intimacy Director and Consultant professionally and in academia. She started this work before she had a vocabulary to define it. Recently, in light of the #metoo movement and Times Up, as more attention has been paid to this field in the press, she has realized that she wasn't alone. Other phenomenal folx have been working on this in parallel. Brooke loves this work and is evangelical about it. She has studied with Theatrical Intimacy Educators, Judi Okland of Intimacy Directors International, and is a big fan of Adam Noble's work on Extreme Stage Physicality. In early 2020, Brooke took Intimacy Directing work to Switzerland.
With stellar intimacy direction by Brooke M. Haney... Danny and the Deep Blue Sea transforms from a problem play to an explosive exploration of unexpected grace.
- Classical NYC Reviews
Brooke directs professionally as well as in the Playwriting Program at Marymount Manhattan College. She adores helping to develop new plays and is most drawn to projects that address representation. One of her favorite projects is the space driven piece, Unconventionally Intimate, by Alexandra Laplante that is set in apartments around NYC. Conversations she's explored recently include: queer stories, rape/consent culture, cuddle therapy, and polyamory.
Ashley Candelaria, David Alderman and Nemesis Trizarry in Sheet by RheAnn Mennefield. Photo: Regan McCroskey
Brooke's first play, Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head, a rape culture piece featuring Medusa, addresses the necessity of telling one's own story. It was developed at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Sarah Lawrence College in NY, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, and had its World Premiere at the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC in 2015.
Since then, Brooke has confronted suicide in Don't Make Me Beautiful, death, dominance, and rope bondage in Persephone Rises with Daughter's of Troy, the 2016 election in Now What? presented by Ivy Theatre Company's 24 hours of Women, and delightful queer love stories in upcoming web-series episodes for Love in NY.
As Medusa in Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head, at the Soho Photo Gallery directed by Tracy Bersley. Photo: Anna Katherine Moore
Photo: Taylor Hooper
Teaching Artist/Private Coaching
Brooke is passionate about helping both her private clients and her students at the college level experience meaningful growth. As an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, she gets to work with some of the country's finest young actors. She has also taught at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Vassar College, as well as with International students from Thailand, in NYC and with young actors in Kenya. Additionally, Brooke works with private students, small groups and leads workshops. She coaches a wide variety of skills including movement, voice, intimacy, audition technique and professionalization.
Brooke's students can be seen in National Commercials, Broadway National Tours, off-Broadway, in Opera, Regionally and more.