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BROWN, Arvin 1940


Full name, Arvin Bragin Brown; born May 24, 1940, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Herman S. and Annette R. (maiden name, Edelman) Brown; married Joyce Ebert (an actress), November 2, 1969 (deceased August, 1997). Education: Stanford University, B.A., 1961; University of Bristol, certificate in drama (Fulbright scholar), 1962; Harvard University, M.A., 1963; postgraduate work, Yale School of Drama, Yale University, 196365.

Career: Director and producer. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, supervisor of apprentice program, 1965, director of Children's Theatre, 196567, artistic director, 196797; Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, associate director, 1969; Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, lecturer on directing, 1972; International Theatre Conference, Bulgaria, Hungary, delegate, 1979; guest lecturer, New Play Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1980, and University of Illinois at Urbana, 1980 and 1982.

Member: Theatre Communications Group (codirector, 19721976), National Endowment for the Arts (Theatre Advisory Panel), International Theatre Institute, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Directors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Vernon Rice Award, best offBroadway director, 1971, for Long Day's Journey into Night; Variety Critics' Poll Award, best offBroadway director, 1971; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best director of a play, 1975, for The National Health; Antoinette Perry Award nominations, best reproduction, 1983, for A View from the Bridge; Boston Theatre Critics Award, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best reproduction, 1984, for American Buffalo; Antoinette Perry Award, best reproduction, 1985, and Drama Desk Award, 1986, both for Joe Egg; Antoinette Perry Award, best reproduction, 1987, for All My Sons; George Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992; O'Neill's People Award, 1995; honorary degrees from port, 1978, Fairfield University, 1985, and Albertus University of New Haven, 1976, University of Bridge-Magnus, 1993.


Stage Director:

Long Day's Journey into Night, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1966.

Misalliance, Long Wharf Theatre, 1967.

The Glass Menagerie, Long Wharf Theatre, 1967.

The Rehearsal, Long Wharf Theatre, 1967.

The Indian Wants the Bronx, London, 1967.

A Whistle in the Dark, Long Wharf Theatre, 1968.

Don Juan in Hell, Long Wharf Theatre, 1968.

The Lion in Winter, Long Wharf Theatre, 1968.

A Whistle in the Dark, Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1969.

The Indian Wants the Bronx and It's Called Sugar Plum (doublebill), Long Wharf Theatre, 1969.

Ghosts, Long Wharf Theatre, 1969.

Tango, Long Wharf Theatre, 1969.

Hay Fever, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Country People, Long Wharf Theatre, 1970.

Spoon River Anthology, Long Wharf Theatre, 1970.

Yegor Bulichov, Long Wharf Theatre, 1970.

Long Day's Journey into Night, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1971.

You Can't Take It with You, Long Wharf Theatre, 1971.

The Contractor, Long Wharf Theatre, 1971.

Solitaire/Double Solitaire, Long Wharf Theatre, 1971, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Hamlet, Long Wharf Theatre, 1972.

The Iceman Cometh, Long Wharf Theatre, 1972.

What Price Glory?, Long Wharf Theatre, 1972.

The Changing Room, Long Wharf Theatre, 1972.

"A Swan Song" in Troika, Long Wharf Theatre, 1972.

Juno and the Paycock, Long Wharf Theatre, 1973.

The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd, Long Wharf Theatre, 1973.

ForgetMeNot Lane, Long Wharf Theatre, 1973, then Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1973.

The Seagull, Long Wharf Theatre, 1974.

The National Health, Long Wharf Theatre, 1974, then Circle in the Square, New York City, 1974.

Saint Joan, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1974.

Juno and the Paycock, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1974.

Ah, Wilderness!, Long Wharf Theatre, 1974, then Circle in the Square, 1975.

Artichoke, Long Wharf Theatre, 1975.

The Archbishop's Ceiling, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 19761977.

Privates on Parade, Long Wharf Theatre, 1978.

I Sent a Letter to My Love, Long Wharf Theatre, 1978.

Mary Barnes, Long Wharf Theatre, 1979.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Long Wharf Theatre, 1979.

Strangers, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Watch on the Rhine, Long Wharf Theatre, 1979, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1980.

American Buffalo, Long Wharf Theatre, 1980, then Circle in the Square Downtown, New York City, 19811982, later Booth Theatre, New York City, 19831984.

Open Admissions, Long Wharf Theatre, 1982.

The Cherry Orchard, Long Wharf Theatre, 1982.

Free and Clear, Long Wharf Theatre, 1982.

A View from the Bridge, Long Wharf Theatre, 1982, then Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Tobacco Road, Long Wharf Theatre, 1984.

Albert Herring, Long Wharf Theatre, 1984.

Requiem for a Heavyweight, Long Wharf Theatre, 1984, then Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Joe Egg (also known as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg ), Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 19841985, then Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1985.

The Normal Heart, Long Wharf Theatre, 1985.

All My Sons, Long Wharf Theatre, 1986, then John Golden Theatre, 1987.

Self Defense, Long Wharf Theatre, 1987, then Joyce Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Our Town, Long Wharf Theatre, 1987.

Ah, Wilderness!, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1988, then Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1988.

The Crucible, Long Wharf Theatre, 1989.

Stage II Workshops: Established Price, Long Wharf Theatre, 1990.

The Voysey Inheritance, Long Wharf Theatre, 1990.

Picnic, Long Wharf Theatre, 1990.

Booth Is Back, Long Wharf Theatre, 1991.

A Touch of the Poet, Long Wharf Theatre, 1991.

Chinese Coffee, Circle in the Square Uptown, New York City, 1992.

Private Lives, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1992.

A Month in the Country, Long Wharf Theatre, 1992.

The Twilight of the Golds, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Absurd Person Singular, Long Wharf Theatre, 1993.

Misalliance, Long Wharf Theatre, 1994.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Long Wharf Theatre, 1994.

The Entertainer, Long Wharf Theatre, 1995.

Denial, Long Wharf Theatre, 1995.

A Song at Twilight, Long Wharf Theatre, 1996.

Also directed The Stronger, University of Bristol, Bristol, England; and A Memory of Two Mondays.

Stage Director; Opera:

Albert Herring, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985.

Turandot, Connecticut Grand Opera, 1986.

The Tender Land, Long Wharf Theatre, 1987.

Don Giovanni, Virginia Opera, 1987.

Regina, Long Wharf Theatre, 1988.

Anna Bolena, Virginia Opera, 1989.

Cosi fan tutte, Virginia Opera, 1991.

Porgy and Bess, Metropolitan Opera, 1992.

The Crucible, Tulsa Opera, 1995.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Changing of the Guard," Picket Fences, CBS, 1995.

"The Parent Rap," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996.

"My Romance," Picket Fences, CBS, 1996.

"The Z Files," Picket Fences, CBS, 1996.

"Jealousy," Relativity, 1996.

"World's without Love," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1998.

"Driveway to Heaven," To Have & to Hold, CBS, 1998.

"Another Day," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

"Love and Honor," The Practice, ABC, 1998.

"Free Dental," The Practice, ABC, 1999.

"Committed," The Practice, ABC, 1999.

"Music from My Life," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 1999.

"Higher Calling," Snoops, ABC, 1999.

"285 South: Part 1," Roswell (also known as Roswell High ), The WB, 1999.

"Settling," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

"Summary Judgments," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

"Brothers' Keepers," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

"Learner's Permit," Once and Again, ABC, 2000.

"Ex, Lies and Videotape," Popular, The WB, 2000.

"Vanished: Part 1," The Practice, ABC, 2001.

"The Claw Is Our Master," Judging Amy, CBS, 2001.

"Neutral Corners," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001.

"Loyalties," The Guardian, CBS, 2001.

"Nice Guys Finish Last," Ed (also known as Stuckeyville ), NBC, 2002.

"Sleeping Dogs Lie," The Agency, CBS, 2002.

"Blood Relatives," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2002.

"The Gift of Life," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2002.

"Scared Straight," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2002.

"Fire and Ice," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2003.

"The Making of a Trial Attorney," The Practice, ABC, 2003.

Also directed episodes of Moloney; 413 Hope Street, Fox; Nothing Sacred, ABC; Party of Five, Fox; Dawson's Creek, The WB; Kate Brasher.

Television Director; Specials:

"The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd," Theatre in America, PBS, 1974.

"ForgetMeNot Lane," Theatre in America, PBS, 1975.

"Ah, Wilderness!," Theatre in America, PBS, 1976.

Close Ties, E! Entertainment Television, 1983.

The Gin Game, PBS, 2003.

Television Director; Movies:

Diary of the Dead, 1980.

A Change of Heart (also known as Promises & Lies ), Lifetime, 1998.

The Inspector General, 2000.

Just Ask My Children, Lifetime, 2001.

Open House, CBS, 2003.

Too Many Lovers, 2003.



American Theatre, July, 2001.