Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)


Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)—composer, violinist, activist, educator, creator—is in residence at the Hopkins Center as the Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth for the 2020/21 academic year.

DBR is a hyper-collaborative artist engaged in an array of overlapping creative practices. His engagement with the Dartmouth community forms three pillars: Making Things, Sharing Things and Teaching Things. He will perform, hold conversations with special guests, visit classrooms, mentor students and collaborate with faculty, staff, students, guests and community members. He aims to create work, inspire projects and reshape a more just and diverse world through art and activism. 

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) Living Headshot


Read The New York Times reviews of DBR's latest work:
On the Anniversary of 9/11, Lincoln Center Awakens With Hope
Review: Tales of Brutality From 'Twelve Angry Men … and Women'


An iteration of DBR LAB piloted at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, DBR LAB at Dartmouth hosts a Monthly Salon. This salon is a collective and immersive experience where individual ideas and group connections form a singular space for students, faculty, artists, and audiences to all engage equitably. Everyone is a contributor to a world of new ideas, promise, and possibility. 

DBR will bring in guests for conversations about the pressing issues of the moment. Topics might include best practices in the field of the arts; academic and post-academic career advancement strategies; approaches towards activism and social justice; and innovations in composition and performance practices. Students can bring in projects that are in development to workshop together. Collaboration and discovery are the goals. Performances, presentations and publications may result.

For more information or to get involved in DBR LAB, contact Samantha Lazar.

Meet the DBR LAB, Fall 2019



The "Who We Are w/DBR" series, which began in Summer 2020, continues. 

Hosted by DBR, this Hop@Home live steamed series features multidisciplinary artist-activists who have broken stereotypes and made history. Artist-activists offer insights on this critical moment of pandemic and protest along with original collaborative performances.

Episode 1, with guest Black Violin
Episode 2, with guest Rachel Barton Pine
Episode 3, with guest Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
Episode 4, with guest Anna Deavere Smith
Episode 5, with guest Tiffany Rea-Fisher


DBR, an Institute Professor at ASU,  will be visiting classes throughout the year. He is always eager to add classes and reach as many students as possible. Current plans for fall visits include:

MUS 004 "Global Sounds" (Prof. Ted Levin)
THEA 90 "Contemporary Theater Practices" (Prof. Laurie Churba)
THEA 10.33 "Contemporary Performance" (Prof. Samantha Lazar)

DBR at Dartmouth

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Who We Are With DBR: Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Tue, Jan 26

Join artist-activists for their insights on this critical moment of pandemic and protest along with the premiere of their collaborative video work 8'46".

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Who We Are with DBR: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Thu, Aug 6

In 1984, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar founded Urban Bush Women (UBW) to explore the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.

In case you missed it: Black Violin

Who We Are with DBR: Black Violin

Wed, July 1

Black Violin defies stereotypes about classical music and, like its music's hybrid nature, brings people together.

Anna Deavere Smith

Who We Are with DBR: Anna Deavere Smith

Wed, Oct 28

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher and author. Smith's theater combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. 

Hop@Home: Who We Are with DBR with Rachel Barton Pine

Who We Are with DBR: Rachel Barton Pine

Thu, July 23

An Artistic Exchange with Daniel Bernard Roumain. Join artist-activists for their insights on this critical moment of pandemic and protest along with original collaborative performances.

From The New York Times

Contact Us

Samantha Lazar

Samantha Lazar

Curator of Academic Programming

Contact Samantha for more information or ways to get involved in DBR LAB.