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Dustin Brown

I am a director and theatrical administrator based out of Chicago, IL. I have broad ranging experience in leadership and administration, with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout my work. I believe theater’s highest purpose is to build and shape community narratives, and I believe that work is best done by sharing diverse stories in an earnest and engaging performance. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Oglethorpe University. During my graduate studies I had the opportunity to challenge myself as a director and develop a deeper understanding of theatrical techniques and pedagogy. Before moving to Illinois, I worked for a decade in the Atlanta market as a freelance director, production manager, and designer. I worked for seven seasons at Georgia Shakespeare, then served as production manager at Georgia Ensemble Theatre for three years. I stepped into the position of Associate Artistic Director after the sudden passing of Georgia Ensemble’s founding artistic director, Robert Farley. As a professional I’ve worked to develop skills in many different areas of production, direction, design, and administration. 

Associate Artistic Director

December, 2017 -

August 2018

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Casting Director

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

August, 2014 - 

August 2017

Production Manager

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

August, 2014 - 

August, 2017

Producing Artistic Director

August, 2011 - 

August, 2018

Bottled Lightning

Associate Production Manager

October 2013 -

August 2014

Georgia Shakespeare

  • Review and select scripts, budget and coordinate productions.

  • Guide and collaborate with guest directors, designers, and actors.

  • Oversee staff and artistic operations of a professional regional theatre, which has been active in the Atlanta market for 25 years.  

  • Worked with the Artistic Director to diversify casting pool and engage multicultural artists.

  • Coordinated auditions for musicals, modern and classical works, new plays, and theatre for young audiences.

  • Ran auditions for hundreds of local Atlanta actors.

  • Consulted with Artistic Director and guest directors on casting.

  • Prepare and adhere to a production budget for a regional theatre producing 5 main stage productions, 4 theatre for young audiences touring productions, a 4 concert big band series, and a summer park production. 

  • Assist with designer selection and hiring, contract preparation, coordinate and lead concept and production meetings. Assist the artistic director and guest directors in achieving their artistic vision.

  • Conduct interviews with potential employees, make hiring decisions and job offers to full production staff.

  • Schedule all rehearsals, performances and special events.

  • Review and select scripts, budget and coordinate productions.

  • Find supporters, raise funding, promote productions.

  • Coordinate travel, housing, and payment for festival productions’ cast and crew.

  • Direct select productions and collaborate with guest directors and artists. 

  • Coordinate and schedule professional vendors for production season, summer park productions, educational tours and events, and fundraisers.

  • Review and coordinate budget for a LORT D Theater.

  • Conduct interviews with potential employees, help with hiring decisions and contracts. 

Education

Ohio University

2021

Masters of Fine Arts in Directing

Oglethorpe University

Bachelor of the Arts,

Theatre Major

2010

Additional Training

Directing Internship at Georgia Shakespeare, 2009

Company Management Internship at Georgia Shakespeare, 2008 - 2009

Education Intern at Chattanooga Theater Center, 2008

Eagle Scout, 2006

Skills

I’m a compassionate leader with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Skilled at table work, improvisational rehearsal techniques, and staging. Multifaceted understanding of production design and technical theatre. Trained in intimacy design and facilitation, as well as fight choreography for unarmed, rapier, dagger, and longsword. Familiar with Meisner, Stanislavski, Hagen, Adler, Chekhov, and Strasberg actor training. Comfortable with Shakespearean, Classical, and Modern text analysis and dramaturgy. I have training in High and Low Ropes Coursework and outdoor team-building exercises. Outside of theatre, I am an Eagle Scout, Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master, amateur chef, and pet parent of a corgi, four ferrets, and a bearded dragon.

Production History

Professional

Stephen Schwartz,

Alan Menken, &

Peter Parnell

Director

Ohio Valley Summer Theater

Sweeney Todd:

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim &

Hugh Wheeler

Director

DramaTech at Georgia Tech

Uffizi *

Britton Buttrill

Director

Bottled Lightning

God Created the Earth

And Evan Created Himself *

Will Carter

Director

Bottled Lightning

Barefoot in the Park

Neil Simon

Director

Vox Populi Productions

Mr. Burns: 

A Post-Electric Play

Anne Washburn

Assistant Director

Oglethorpe University

Graduate

William Shakespeare

Director

Ohio University

Fusion & Fallout

of the Nuclear Family **

Jean Egdorf

Director

Ohio University

Pluto

Steve Yockey

Director

Ohio University

Constellations

Nick Payne

Director

Ohio University

Bug

Tracy Letts

Director

Ohio University

Cabaret

John Kander, Fred Ebb

& Joe Masteroff

Assistant Director

Ohio University

Undergraduate

Finding the Sun

Edward Albee

Director

Oglethorpe University

The Choephorii

Aeschylus

Director

Oglethorpe University

Coax

Neil LaBute

Director

Oglethorpe University

Bat Boy: The Musical

Keythe Farley,

Brian Flemming,

& Laurence O'Keefe

Director

Oglethorpe University

The Chalky White Substance

Tennessee Williams

Director

Oglethorpe University

* - World Premiere Production

** - Rehearsed, performance cancelled due to COVID-19

*** - Filmed COVID Production

References Available Upon Request