Carlyle Brown is a writer/performer/producer based in Minneapolis. He has written and produced THE MASKS OF OTHELLO: A THEATRICAL ESSAY, THE FULA FROM AMERICA: AN AFRICAN JOURNEY, TALKING MASKS, THERAPY AND RESISTANCE, ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN…., ABE LINCOLN AND UNCLE TOM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, ACTING BLACK, FINDING FISH and DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI.
His plays also include THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III, THE LITTLE TOMMY PARKER CELEBRATED COLORED MINSTREL SHOW, BUFFALO HAIR, THE BEGGARS’ STRIKE, THE NEGRO OF PETER THE GREAT, PURE CONFIDENCE, A BIG BLUE NAIL, DARTMOOR PRISON and others.
He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Goodman Theater, Miami University of Ohio and the University of Louisville.
He is recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and the Pew Charitable Trust. Mr. Brown has been artist-in-residence at New York University School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, The James Thurber House in Columbus, and Ohio State University Theater Department where he directed his music drama, Yellow Moon Rising. He has been a teacher of expository writing at New York University; African-American literature at the University of Minnesota; playwriting at Ohio State University and Antioch College; African American theater and dramatic literature at Carlton College as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Artist, and “Creation and Collaboration” at the University of Minnesota Department of Theater.
He has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Brown is a core writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York. He has served on the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the non-profit professional theater and is currently a member of the board directors of The Playwrights’ Center and the Jerome and Camargo Foundations. He is a member of the Charleston Jazz Initiative Circle at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina where his works and papers are archived.
He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 recipient of the Otto Rene’ Castillo Award for Political Theatre, 2010 United States Artists Fellowship and has recently been named the 2018 William Inge Theater Festival Honoree.
NOTE FROM PLAYWRIGHT
I am a playwright, performer and Artistic Director of Carlyle Brown & Company, a constellation of culturally and ethnically diverse artists dedicated to development and performance in an atmosphere of collaborative co-creation. I am interested in innovations in dramatic form, rich storytelling and shaping ideas into theatrical events.
Bret Adams Ltd.
LIST OF PLAYS
THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III – Samuel French
THE LITTLE TOMMY PARKER CELEBRATED COLORED MINSTREL SHOW – Samuel French
BUFFALO HAIR – Dramatists Play Service
THE BEGGARS’ STRIKE – Plays For Young Audiences
THE NEGRO OF PETER THE GREAT – New Play Exchange
PURE CONFIDENCE – Samuel French
A BIG BLUE NAIL – New Play Exchange
DARTMOOR PRISON – New Play Exchange
THE MASKS OF OTHELLO: A THEATRICAL ESSAY – Carlyle Brown and Co.
THE FULA FROM AMERICA: AN AFRICAN JOURNEY – Carlyle Brown and Co.
TALKING MASKS – Carlyle Brown and Co.
THERAPY AND RESISTANCE – Carlyle Brown and Co.
ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN…. – New Play Exchange
ABE LINCOLN AND UNCLE TOM IN THE WHITE HOUSE – Dramatists Play Service
ACTING BLACK – Carlyle Brown and Co.
FINDING FISH – New Play Exchange
DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI – Dramatists Play Service
NOTE FROM MonologueBank
Material purchased on this website may be utilized for personal, non-commercial use for auditions or educational purposes. For all other inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or other types of use, contact Carlyle’s Agent Bruce Ostler at 212-765-5630.
|Source Title||Author||Description||Free sample|
|DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI - A Hero - Jimmy||Carlyle Brown||
Before he can change the world, Jimmy has to change himself.
|DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI - It Hurt Me In My Heart - Ellen||Carlyle Brown||
College student Ellen comes of age and finds a cause that sets her heart afire.
|DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI - We're Going to the Courthouse! - Jimmy||Carlyle Brown||
Jimmy sees the plight of his Mississippi brethren and finds he has a gift for convincing people to vote.
|FINDING FISH - No Other Choice - Michael||Carlyle Brown||
Michael, a scientist in the future, explains that humans must change, or die.