Rob D. O’Brien
Assistant Professor Rob O’Brien holds his MFA degree in Directing and Costuming from Western Illinois University and his BA in English, Speech, and Theatre secondary education from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Prior to moving to Florida Professor O’Brien was the Artistic Director and co-owner of the Odyssey Express Touring Theatre Co. Odyssey Express developed original works for young audiences and toured throughout the Midwest. In addition, he worked as a freelance director with Crooked Twilight Theatre Company earning a Stoker Award nomination. He also directed for the Bailiwick’s Directing Festival in Chicago. Upon moving to Florida Rob was hired by Walt Disney Entertainment as an Entertainment Manger and more recently a Costumer with Walt Disney Creative Costuming where he has had the privilege of working alongside many talented individuals. Noted directing credits include: Stephen Sondheim’s Company, The Who’s TOMMY!, Saint Kristie world premier at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Marlowe’s The Tragic Life of Doctor Faustus, Orphans, and The Jackie Knife Show. Recently, Professor O’Brien won CF’s “Constellation Award” for innovative collaboration along with the EMS program instructors.
Chris Brown started his theater career at Carousel Theater on the Knoxville University of Tennessee campus. He played Dapper Hugh Barton opening Clarence Brown Theater in LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL. Since then he has performed in every genre of theater including a season at the Folger Shakespeare in Washington, DC. Chris has worked technically in Clarence Brown Theater, FSU's Ruby Diamond Auditorium; Tallahassee Little Theater (Tech.Director),and with The Play Group, Knoxville,Tn. Chris has performed at Spoleto Festival in Charleston and enjoyed a summer in Gatlinburg performing in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and Arthur Kopit's INDIANS. While completing his MFA at the University of South Carolina, Chris performed Claudius in HAMLET at the Longstreet Theater, in the round with a hydraulic playing area. His artistic tech theater mentor is Kit Ewing, son of Kermit Ewing, Art Department Creator and Head, Univ. of Tennessee, Andy Warhol's professor at Carnegie Tech.