Staff profile

Mya Brown

Acting, Directing, Voice & Diction
Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor, B.O.L.D. Black Beauties & Gospel Choir


Contact

125F Tyler Hall
315.312.2894
mya.brown@oswego.edu

Office hours

By appointment

Mya Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre department with a specialization in Acting, Directing, and Voice & Diction. Prior to her arrival at Oswego, Mya served as a Visiting Instructor of Acting at her alma mater West Virginia University. Her work in the classroom focuses on a thorough understanding of varying acting techniques essential to forming a foundation of the craft including: Stanislavski, Meisner, and Uta Hagen teachings. Mya believes the lessons we share in acting can be applied to any career field, and they aid in a young person’s quest for self. She has a strong desire to help cultivate the next generation of creative artist in society.

Mya is passionate about making higher education accessible and affordable for all. As a recipient of two Open Education Resource Grants, she is using OER textbooks in class and creating an OER online resource for use across the nation.

Publications

Book Reviewer, Great River Technologies, LLC 2015
Odell, Cathy. Introduction to Theatre. Webcom 2.0, Great River Learning

Conferences

  • New York State Theatre Education Association, 2019, 2017
  • National First Year Experience Conference, 2019, 2018
  • New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Development Conference, 2019, 2018
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference, 2015, 2014, 2012
  • Northeast Theater Festival, 2015, 2014

Awards and honors

  • KCACTF Certificate of Merit, The Shape of Things, 2019
  • SUNY Oswego, Artswego, Program Support Grant Recipient, 2017
  • SUNY Oswego, Open Education Resource Grant Recipient (2), 2017
  • SUNY Oswego, International Travel Grant Recipient, 2017

Performances and exhibitions

In addition to being a skilled professor of acting & directing, Mya has experience with film, voiceover, stage combat, and hair & make-up. A few of her favorite acting and directing credits include:

Director

  • The Shape of Things, Not Someone Like Me, Pride & Prejudice, (SUNY Oswego), The Colored Museum, Stop Kiss (West Virginia University)

Fight Director

  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, She Kills Monsters, and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Asst.) (West Virginia University) 

Actor

  • The Cherry Orchard (Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya, West Virginia Botanic Gardens), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus, West Virginia Public Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Nurse, West Virginia Public Theatre), The Colored Museum (Miss Pat, Lawanda, Medea, and Normal Jean, NuBlack Arts West Theatre)

Education

MFA Theatre, West Virginia University 2015

BFA Theatre, Jacksonville University, 2012

Additional Training

  • Society of American Fight Directors: unarmed combat, rapier & dagger, and broadsword
  • The Expressive Actor, with creator Michael Lugering

Classes taught

  • THT 110 Introduction to Theatre
  • THT 130 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THT 180 Voice and Diction
  • THT 198 (First-Year Signature Course) Blackish Mirror: A Study of Black Characters on T.V.
  • THT 230 Intermediate Acting
  • THT 341 Principles of Directing
  • THT 352 Acting Shakespeare
  • THT 470 (London Study Abroad) Murder, Magic, & Monsters
  • THT 495 Senior Seminar/Capstone
  • HON 201 Interpreting the Arts