"Consent is Sexy!"
Brooke works as an Intimacy Choreographer and Consultant professionally and in academia. They started this work before they 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, they have realized that they weren't alone. Other phenomenal folks have been working on this in parallel. Brooke loves this work and is evangelical about it. In early 2020, Brooke took her intimacy choreography work to Switzerland. Brooke not only choreographs shows, they also teach workshops, train faculty, and mentor. Brooke is the resident intimacy director for Barefoot Shakespeare Company and has worked with Marymount Manhattan College, Vassar College, ISZL, Company of Fools, Scawwy Howwow Theatre, Turn To Flesh Productions, A.R.T. New York, Q.E.D. Astoria, Shakespeare Frankfurt and other NYC Theater companies as well as an intimacy coordinator on films.
Christina Ramos and Cameron Clarke in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Photo: Malloree Hill
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 and Directing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. She adores helping to develop new plays and is most drawn to projects that address representation. One of their favorite projects is the space driven piece, Unconventionally Intimate, by Alexandra Laplante that is set in apartments around NYC. Conversations they've 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, and the 2016 election in Now What? presented by Ivy Theatre Company's 24 hours of Women.
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 private clients and students at the college level experience meaningful growth. As an Adjunct Professor of Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, Brooke gets to work with some of the country's finest young actors. They have also taught at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Vassar College, as well as with International students from Thailand, Switzerland, 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.