Brian Brophy

Brian Brophy has been involved in the performing arts for nearly thirty years, as an actor in theater, film and television, as well as a theater director, playwright, and over the last ten years, a college professor.  He holds an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside, and an MA in theater from California State University, Los Angeles. 

In the summer of 2007, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to India as a lecturer on community-based theater (cbt) practice in Southern California, along with 20th century forms of global theater for social change. While stationed at the Peace Research Center, in Varanasi at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), he introduced performance workshops into a traditional research-oriented approach to conflict resolution.  In addition to teaching theater techniques to non-theater students, he organized a Peace Building Through Theater conference at BHU with a theater company from Kolkota for an audience comprised of professors and students from many diverse departments.

Brophy has taught in the theater departments of the University of California, Riverside; Pomona College; California Institute for the Arts (CalArts); and California State University, Los Angeles.  Over the years he has taught a range of classes including Theater for Social Change, Acting for Non-Actors, Play Analysis, Movement, all levels of acting, Contemporary Theatre, and Living Theatre (History of Theatre).    

He has received fellowships from the California Arts Council and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to lead theater workshops and internship programs for high school students. His work as director and co-creator of Eastside Story, an original play on inter-cultural violence with the City of Riverside and UCRiverside, was selected as a national model for Service Learning by the National Youth Leadership Council.

From April to July 2008 Brophy worked with elementary and high school students in downtown Los Angeles with performance workshops.  Brophy studied under Brazilian theater practitioner Augusto Boal, author of the book and the movement “Theater of the Oppressed.”   In his college lectures, and most recently, in his work in India, Brophy applies Boal’s techniques of using theater as a powerful tool in the transformation of social dilemmas and oppressions in the rehearsal for more empowering resolutions.

As a performer, Brophy has acted in numerous stage productions in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in venues including the Mark Taper Forum, the Los Angeles Theater Center, and the Actors’ Gang.  He has acted in numerous television shows and in over thirty feature films including Shawshank Redemption, The Player, The Cradle Will Rock, Armageddon, and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Commander Dr. Bruce Maddox. As a director of original plays he has worked with Sandra Tsing Loh, Hector Aristizabal, Tim Robbins, Leilani Chen, and others. 

His long-time interest in community-based theater has led him to work with groups including the theater group for homeless actors: Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), Cornerstone Theatre Company, and the youth theater company Shadow Klan.  Under his direction, funded in part by the Open Society, Shadow Klan was invited to perform at the 18th International Youth Theater Festival in Mostar, Bosnia where the group received an award for their “multicultural and social-consciousness”.

Brophy lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife Cynthia,and two teenage daughters.

2006--University of California Riverside--MFA Creative Writing for the Performing Arts
1999 - California State University Los Angeles--Master of Arts, Theatre Arts. 
1981 - Montana State University--Bachelor of Science, Experimental Psychology.


Sonja Kuftinec. Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater.  Southern Illinois U, 2003.


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