George H. Brown
Dean, College of Fine and Performing Arts
Western North Carolina is a region rich is the arts and the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WCU is proud to take a leading role in nurturing the lives and talents of the young artists who join us here.
“It is exciting to see Western Carolina University actively pursuing a vision of the future that promotes vibrant learning, discovery and community engagement while embracing the arts at its core,” Brown said. “As an academic leader, educator and artist, I enjoy working, living and creating in this age of dynamic change. I am energized by the possibilities it brings to us as we explore our ‘brave new world.’”
He has worked in professional and university theater for more 20 years, filling a variety of positions ranging from director to actor to fight choreographer. He has directed more than 100 productions in theaters across the U.S., Caribbean and Europe – including “The Tempest,” “Cyrano De Bergerac” and the world premiere of “Smile Natives, Smile” presented at Carifesta on St. Kitts – and served as managing artistic director of Island Center for the Performing Arts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Brown was the recipient of the President’s Appreciation Award and the Theodore C. Burgess Award for Excellence in Interdepartmental Collaboration at Bradley University. He holds a master’s degree of fine arts in directing from Penn State and served in the U.S. Navy.
Established in July 2007, the College of Fine and Performing Arts encompasses the School of Stage and Screen, the School of Art and Design, the School of Music, the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and the Fine Art Museum.