“Presence! Exploring ever deeper experiences of presence. Being in and surrendered to the now.”
By Dale Ricardo Shields
Stan Brown is the Inaugural Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Professor of Acting and Director of Graduate Studies, MFA Acting Program at Northwestern University.
He is a former Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at USC and is a voice specialist in both the Graduate Professional Actor Training Program and the Undergraduate Actor Training Program.
Stan earned his MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina in 1989. While here, Stan was named a graduate acting fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., where he received the core of his classical actor training.
Stan began his work in university teaching at the University of Warwick in Coventry England where he taught acting and was a postgraduate researcher in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance (exploring concepts, interpretation, and development in director Peter Brook’s body of work, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as intentional artistic responses to relevant social, political, and cultural realities).
In the UK Stan was invited to work with the Voice Department at the RSC by Cicely Berry*, RSC Director of Voice. This training and experience initiated Stan’s ongoing explorations into perceptions and impacts of ‘culture’ on voice and speech training for the actor. He maintains an active professional relationship with the RSC’s voice department and, specifically, Ms. Cicely Berry’s work in voice.
Apart from his work as a teacher, voice/dialect coach and director Stan has worked as a professional actor both here in the US and in the United Kingdom in theatre, film, television, and radio for 30 years. Some of his credits include featured roles on NBC’s Homicide: Life On the Street, and recurring roles on In the Heat of the Night and the critically acclaimed I’ll Fly Away.
In film, Stan co-starred in Robby Benson’s Modern Love and appeared opposite Calista Flockhart, Matthew Perry, Dave Chapelle, and Christine Baranski in the cult film, Getting IN, the directorial debut of Doug Liman (Director of Swingers, Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith).
South Carolina (Colleton, County)
*BA – Theatre – University of South Carolina
*MFA – Acting – University of South Carolina
*Acting Fellow – Shakespeare Theatre (at the Folger) Washington, D.C.
*Postgraduate Researcher (Contemporary Shakespearean Performance) Warwick University – Coventry, England, UK
Stan Brown (Associate Professor/Voice Specialist) has worked as a professional actor, director, and voice/dialect coach in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
My Advice to a young artist
Love yourself or at least admit that you don’t until you can figure out how to…and you better learn how to.
*If you know where you’re going then you’ve already been there.
*Your destination doesn’t exist until you arrive
Take your big risks early in your career (It sets a tone for later)
*There’s a lot to be said for not knowing where your next meal might come from. It certainly helps you to work up an appetite.
*Now is all there EVER is.
*Only compete with yourself
*Actions ALWAYS speak louder than words. Pay attention to whenever words and actions don’t match.
* Listen to your heart. It won’t always tell you what you want to hear but it will NEVER lie to you.”