USC's Stan Brown directs Black Super Hero Magic Mama -
Winner of the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Festival
Preview with gallery opening and panel presentation Thursday, August 3rd
to benefit The Jasper Project
As part of our panel presentation on inclusivity in the Columbia arts community on Thursday night we are honored to have Stan Brown. Stan Brown is a 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, but he is also director of the Trustus Playwright Festival winning play, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, by Inda Craig-Galvan.
Stan earned his MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina in 1989. While at USC, 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 post graduate 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. 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).
Brown also played the title role in the 2015 film, the Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy, for which he won Best Actor in a Short Drama at the 2016 Breckinridge Film Festival.