Department of Theatre - University of Missouri

Faculty | Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Performance Studies / Digital Media
phone: 573-882-0527
email: brownkevin@missouri.edu
office: 129B Fine Arts Building
mailing address: 129 Fine Arts, Columbia MO 65211

Compression of a CasualtyKevin has been a producer, director, actor, and designer of theatre, beginning with speaking two lines in Teahouse of the August Moon at age eight. Since then, he has worked with numerous theatre companies, from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to the Boulder Conservatory Theatre. He was the assistant production manager at the University of California at San Diego for two years, the production stage manager at the University of Colorado for two years, ran The Guild Theatre for two years, and produced theatre with his company, the Boulder Avant Garde / Boulder Acting Group, for over six years.

He has published "Auslander's Robot" and "The Auslander Test: Or, 'Of Bots and Humans" in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, "Spectacle as Resistance: Performing Tree Ordination in Thailand" in the Journal of Religion and Theatre, "Dancing into the Heart of Darkness" in Puppetry International, and "European Theatre and Performance" in the Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture.

Before coming to Columbia, Kevin was an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Cinema at Missouri Western State University. Before that, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For his doctoral dissertation, he conducted a two-year ethnographic study of karaoke in America, a portion of which is: "Liveness Anxiety: Karaoke and the Performance of Class," in Popular Entertainment Studies.

Highlights of his career so far include playing Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, playing Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directing The Illusion at Missouri Western State University, directing the new play Cathleen at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, co-creating The Auraria Project with beginning acting students at the Community College of Denver, winning the Playwrights 2000 play contest, co-founding the CU Fringe Festival, being elected for two years as President of On Stage (go Buffs!), creating a semi-annual New Play Festival, and receiving the Emerson Humanities Fellowship.