Courtney Allen Crumpler
Courtney Allen Crumpler moved home to North Carolina to start the MFA in Dance at Duke after six years living and working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is interested in public art that brings about collective wellbeing and liberation. Her most recent platforms have included walking and dancing on stilts in Rio’s vibrant street Carnaval and participating in theater pieces in public squares, musical performances with her band, and protests. Courtney graduated from Princeton University in 2013, majoring in Anthropology and earning certificates in Dance, Latin American Studies, Global Heath and Portuguese. She received a Fulbright research fellowship upon graduation and has since worked as a political organizer, activist, artist, researcher, and translator. At Duke, Courtney plans to deepen her investigation of work that connects social justice with physical movement, creativity, expression, and imagination. She aims to investigate the levers of community organization and social change present in Brazilian cultural manifestations, as well as related forms that are at work in North Carolina. She also plans to walk on her stilts whenever possible. Courtney is the recipient of a Vice Provost for the Arts Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year.