The principles that govern the work produced at Brown/Trinity Rep are based on a belief that all else proceeds from the primary image of an actor on a platform talking to an audience. This is not to say that actors are the only artists in the theatre, or even the most important artists in the theatre, but that all artists in the theatre—playwrights, directors, designers, and actors—start from the premise that the essence of our art is live actors engaging with a live audience, and that our common goal is to explore and enhance the live, communal experience that is at the heart of theatre.
An Introduction to CURT COLUMBUS
The course of study will combine the best aspects of conservatory training with the practical experience of a three-year internship at a professional theatre, enhanced by the courses and credentials supplied by a university degree program. Students graduating with an M.F.A. from Brown University should have the skills necessary to work as actors, directors, teachers, or a combination of all three.
Our goal is to provide students with the best possible training to ensure that they graduate with the skills necessary to act and direct on a professional level. By the end of three years of instruction, students will be experienced in a wide variety of classical, modern, and contemporary styles. Actors should be in confident control of their physical and vocal instruments. Directors should have a powerful personal aesthetic, as well as a strong working method of approaching the rehearsal process. Classroom instruction is supplemented by extensive production experience, both in Brown/ Trinity Rep productions and with the resident company at Trinity Rep.
Brown/Trinity Rep supports continued engagement in the work of equity, diversity and inclusion, and asserts that these efforts are central to our educational and organizational mission. Acknowledging that we operate within a culture dominated by structures of discrimination, Brown/Trinity Rep commits to creating an environment in which the experiences and perspectives of each student and staff member is acknowledged, valued, and respected. Our common objective is to inspire and empower generations of artists who will meaningfully impact the future of our field and the communities in which they live and work.
We are interested in training actors and directors who can be intelligent, active collaborators—actors who are responsible as well as responsive, directors who listen as well as they lead. We are seeking students who share our belief that the purpose of theatre is to tell stories, examine human experience, and communicate ideas. We are dedicated to providing our students with the means to form their own individual technique, a working method based upon technical skill, intellectual curiosity, and personal artistic vision that will support them as they continue the process of education and exploration that constitutes a life in the theatre.