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MFA in Acting

MFA in Acting | Faculty

Steven Pearson
Head of Graduate Acting


Professor Pearson has acted and directed professionally in the US, Japan, Canada and Europe. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with degrees in acting and directing, and a 10-year student of Tadashi Suzuki, Professor Pearson was head of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington from 1992 to 2003, and previously taught in and headed the acting program at the University of California, San Diego. He is an Artistic Director of the Pacific Performance Project/East, and professional work includes directing at On the Boards in Seattle, LaMaMa in New York, in Sibiu, Romania, in Chicago and Minneapolis; and acting in New York, Seattle and Kyoto, Japan.


Robyn Hunt


A member of Actor’s Equity, Hunt has acted professionally in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. She worked for over a decade with Tadashi Suzuki, performed in Tokyo and Kanazawa in Opium, a joint Pacific Performance Project/Theatre Group Tao production under the direction of Kenji Suzuki, studied and performed in Kyoto under the direction of Shogo Ohta, and between 1994 and 2000 performed frequently at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, under the direction of Jon Jory. Hunt was co-founder and first artistic director of the San Diego Public Theatre and co-heads the Pacific Performance Project/east, now based in Columbia, SC. In 2001, she received the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. Most recent acting roles include Dottie in Noises Off, the title role in Mother Courage and Ranevskaya in both Gravity (Connelly Theatre, NYC) and The Cherry Orchard Sequel at LaMaMa. Hunt performed in the New York debut of Peter Kyle Dance as Miss Haversham in To What Extent at the Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center in Fall 2007, and in 2000, appeared in another Kyle dance, Going. She has created several evening length dance/theatre pieces, including the trilogy Suite For Strangers, which had its Seattle debut in 2004. Other dance/theatre collaborations (with Peter Kyle and Steven Pearson) include: Myra's War, Prix Fixe, and Shogo Ohta's The Water Station (Mizu No Eki). She appears in the January 2008 article "Shaping the Independent Actor," in American Theatre Magazine. Her work can be viewed at the Pacific Performance Project/east website (

Stan Brown


Stan Brown is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at USC, and is a voice specialist in both the Graduate Professional Actor Training Program and the Undergraduate Actor Training Program. Stan earned his MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina in 1989.  While here, Stan was named a graduate acting fellow at the Shakespeare theatre in Washington D.C., where he received the core of his classical actor training.  Stan began his work in university teaching at the University of Warwick in  Coventry England where he taught acting and was a post graduate researcher in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance (exploring concepts, interpretation and development in director Peter Brook's body of work, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as intentional artistic responses to relevant social, political, and cultural realities).  In the UK Stan was invited to work with the Voice Department at the RSC by Cicely Berry*, RSC Director of Voice.  This training and experience initiated Stan's ongoing explorations into perceptions and impacts of 'culture'  on voice and speech training for the actor.  He maintains an active professional relationship with the RSC's voice department and, specifically, Ms. Berry's work in voice.  Apart from his work as a teacher, voice/dialect coach and director Stan has worked as a professional actor both here in the US and in the United Kingdom in theatre, film, television and radio for 30 years.  Some of his credits include featured roles on NBC's Homicide: Life On the Street, and recurring roles on In the Heat of the Night and the critically acclaimed I’ll Fly Away.  In film, Stan co-starred in Robby Benson's Modern Love and appeared opposite Calista Flockhart, Matthew Perry, Dave Chapelle, and Christine Baranski in the cult film, Getting IN, the directorial debut of Doug Liman (Director of Swingers, Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith).

*Cicely Berry is author of the internationally renowned books: Voice and the Actor, The Actor and His Text and Text in Action.