Robb Curtis Brown, a 1975 graduate of and an accomplished film, television, and stage actor, will return to Pennsbury on Saturday, May 5 for a special series of events.
While on campus, Brown will host an open question-and-answer session beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Orange Auditorium at Pennsbury High School West, and later that evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m., he will address students and families at the annual Pennsbury Dessert Theater celebration in the same location. Both events are open to the public, and tickets are required, at $5 each, for the Dessert Theater event only.
Earlier during his day-long visit, Mr. Brown will conduct a private Master Class for students involved in the Pennsbury Drama Program. Brown was invited to return to his alma mater by the Pennsbury Drama Parents Association and theater teacher, Mary Kay Everett. The actor’s visit is supported with a grant from the Pennsbury Arts Foundation. Brown is one of the distinguished Pennsbury alumni profiled in the School District’s 2011-2012 activity calendar.
He was seen recently playing the role of Peter in the feature ﬁlm, It’s Complicated, with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. His ﬁrst movie was Trading Places with Eddie Murphy & Dan Akroyd, in which he appeared as Todd and wrote the tennis club song, Constance Frye. Other ﬁlm credits include The Men Who Stare At Goats, Dreamgirls, Spiderman 3, Bruce Almighty, Red Dragon, Catch Me If You Can, After The Sunset, Guess Who, and the recently completed My Mother’s Curse with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan.
On television, Brown created the part of Vance Evans, Sharpay and Ryan’s Dad, in High School Musical 2, and reprised the role in the feature High School Musical 3 and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. Other TV movies include Pandemic, The Christmas Box, Citizen Jane, Healing Hands, and Backyard Wedding for the Hallmark Channel. Brown has appeared in over 75 television series, including recent roles on NCIS, Shark, Castle, The Game, and Big Love. He can also be seen as Dan the Weatherman in the Showtime series, Look.
A graduate of Yale College and The Yale School of Drama, Brown spent eight years in New York City appearing in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatrical productions. For Joseph Papp, Brown appeared with Kate Nelligan and Kelsey Grammer in David Hare's Plenty, which moved to Broadway's Plymouth Theatre for a sold out run. Brown appeared as Octavius in Julius Caesar at the Newman Theatre for The New York Shakespeare Festival alongside Al Pacino and Martin Sheen, as Bassianus in Titus Andronicus at the Delacorte Theatre in Central and in Hyde in Hollywood at the American Place Theatre for Playwrights Horizons, a production that was subsequently ﬁlmed for PBS.
Regionally, Brown has performed from coast to coast with national tours of The Guthrie Theatre production of The Importance of Being Earnest and the ﬁrst national tour of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles. Brown is also featured as bar owner Dick McColl in the runaway smash hit video game, L.A. Noire. The annual Dessert Theater celebration features a collection of select performances by Pennsbury Drama students.
Tickets, at $5 each, are sold at the door, and admission includes home-made desserts at no additional charge. Dessert will be followed by an induction ceremony into Thespian Troupe 830 for the Pennsbury students who have earned the honor to be invited to join the International Thespian Society.The Orange Auditorium is located at 608 South Olds Boulevard in Fairless Hills. No reservations are necessary, and free parking is available.