Western Michigan University
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5421 USA
George H. Brown is the associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University.
Prior to his appointment at WMU, Brown served for 10 years as the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts (2002–12) at Bradley University. During his final year at the institution he concurrently served as interim chair of the Department of Interactive Media (2011–12).
Brown has worked in the professional and university theatre for over 20 years filling a gamut of positions from Director to Actor to Fight Choreographer. He has directed over 100 productions in theatres across the U.S., Caribbean and Europe including "The Tempest," "Cyrano De Bergerac" and the world premier of "Smile Natives, Smile" presented at Carifesta on St. Kitts. While serving as Managing Artistic Director of Island Center for the Performing Arts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, his production of "Dance Bongo" was awarded the 1993 Best Production Award at the Southeast Theatre Conference. Brown's production of "Woman in Black" at Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre was named Best Production of 2000 by the Star-Telegram.
His 2007 telematic work, Elmer Rice’s "The Adding Machine" is still receiving national attention, having been awarded the 2008 Internet2 IDEA Award. This innovative interdisciplinary, inter-institutional collaboration joined students, faculty, and staff from the Department of Theatre Arts and the Multimedia Program at Bradley University with students, faculty, and staff from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and the University of Central Florida in Orlando to collaboratively develop, rehearse, and present a production that integrated virtual scenery, broadcast video via Internet 2, recorded video, avatar performers, photographs, graphics and sound.
Brown is the recipient of the President’s Appreciation Award and the Theodore C. Burgess Award for Excellence in Interdepartmental Collaboration from Bradley University. He holds a M.F.A. degree in Directing from Penn State.