Professor, Acting and Movement
Professor RICH BROWN landed at Western Washington University in 2006 where he currently teaches psychophysical acting, Suzuki, Viewpoints, commedia, and devising. He has published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, College Teaching, The Western States Theatre Review, and the book Aesthetics & Business Ethics, and presented at six ATHE conferences on devising. Over the past few years he has led Viewpoint & Devising Intensives for Teatrul Fara Frontiere at the National Theatre of Romania in Bucharest and led Devising Intensives for Bucknell University, Seattle University, Rio Hondo College, Lewis & Clark College, Graceland University, and Texas Tech University, as well as professional devising companies hand2mouth (Portland) and Blessed Unrest (NYC). Recently, Rich performed in The Pillowman at the iDiom Theatre, Poison the Well at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Into the Woods and Art at the Mt. Baker Theatre, The American Family at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (which he also co-directed), Circle Mirror Transformation at Idaho Repertory Theatre, and Lying with Blessed Unrest in NYC. Recent directing credits include the devised works cheat, Us, The American Family, Soapbox, /faust, Commedia in the Parks and the scripted plays Some Girl(s),Corktown (WWU premiere by Jeff Augustine), and How I Learned to Drive. Rich received a Bellingham Mayor’s Arts award in 2008, WWU’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching award in 2010, the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival’s National Outstanding Lead Deviser/Director of a Devised Work in 2012, and the Carnegie Foundation named him the Professor of the Year for the state of Washington in 2015.