Trish has been a director for the past 20 years, directing plays, musicals, educational theatre, and film. She holds a BA in Theatre from Principia College and an MFA in Directing from the Chicago College for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Though she now calls St. Louis home, much of Trish’s early professional work took place in Chicago where she worked as a director, an actress, and an educator for a variety of companies including Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Northbrook Theatre, Ivanhoe Theatre, and Hinsdale Center for the Arts. Trish has also taken directing seminars with Robert Falls at the Goodman Theatre, Gary Sinise at Steppenwolf Theatre, JoAnne Akalaitis at The Court Theatre, and Mary Zimmerman at Northwestern University. A process-based, ensemble director, Trish is trained in and utilizes a number of acting methods in her work. She is also a founding member of The Moving Dock Theatre Company, a Chicago-based company dedicated to the actor’s creative process through the use of the Chekhov technique, and Bankside Repertory Theatre Company, an equity theatre company based in Alton, IL.
In addition, Trish has a passion for education and has taught at Principia College (where she chaired and built the theatre program), SIUE, and Lindenwood University. Her educational productions won numerous recognitions, including two Best Production for State of Illinois awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Under Trish’s tutelage and direction several of her students were admitted to professional training programs including the Neighborhood Playhouse Acting Program and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also has students who are now AEA members. Trish has been an Illinois Arts Council Artist in Residence, a Wise Write judge for the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and a respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Trish is now a freelance theatre and film director, educator, and private acting coach preparing actors for theatre, commercial, and film auditions. She is also the director and co-producer of two new projects – Petalwink: the Musical, a new TYA production currently in development, and Bottom Little Theatre, a new comedy series currently in post-production. She is a proud member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, St. Louis Filmmakers Group, MICHA, ATHE, and the College Theatre Council of Greater St. Louis.
For more information, please visit her website at trishbrown.biz.