Brady Van Patten

Second Year MFA in Dance Candidate, Choreography Track

"Choreographer and UI MFA Dance student Brady Van Patten uses dance to further the story and strengthen the drive and desire that lives deep within each character. Existing at the intersection of theater and dance, Van Patten brings a strong theatrical sensibility to the stage. Through movement, they lead the cast to explore what it means to have a body, be seen in that body, and exist in this world." -University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts on Van Patten's work as choreographer for the department's production of Dance Nation by Clare Barron. 


Brady Van Patten is a queer, physical theater performer and creator from Chicago, Illinois. Currently a Master of Fine Arts graduate student in the Department of Dance at the University of Iowa with a choreographic emphasis. Existing at the intersection of theatre and dance Van Patten champions queer spirit in his research and celebrates sharing queer truths to challenge heteronormative political and social constraints.  During his time at the University of Iowa he has performed at the American College Dance Festival’s Gala in Stephanie Miracle’s work SqE8ty6R^y7 (Glitch Code), co-created and performed One Giant Leap an evening length clown show through collaboration with the Department of Theatre Arts, acted as Assistant Movement Director for Men on Boats and most recently choreographed for the Department of Theatre Art's production on Dance Nation.   

In Chicago, Van Patten has performed, collaborated and created with companies including The Neo-Futurist Theatre Company, Lucky Plush Productions, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival at the Ruth Page Center of Performing Arts, Collaboraction’s PeaceBook Project , Heels over Head Festival at The iO Theater, THAWALLS at Links Hall, Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre, Carson Reiners Dances, and Comedy Dance Chicago."

Portrait of Brady Van Patten

University of Iowa
W115 Halsey Hall (HH)
Iowa City, IA 52245
United States