Langdon Brown

Associate Professor Emeritus


Fellow, NYS Writers Institute

Ph.D., Cornell University

Theater History, Dramatic Literature

Langdon Brown is a theatrical director who received the Ph.D. in theatre history and dramatic literature from Cornell University. His undergraduate training included coursework at the Sorbonne and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. He taught at Cornell, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Delaware and the University of Bridgeport (where he was the William Benton Professor of Theatre) before coming to Albany. Dr. Brown's professional directing credits include the world premiere of A Scent of Almonds on Theatre Row in New York, the world premiere of his translation of Le Système Ribadier by Feydeau at the Overground Theatre in London, stock productions of A Flea in her Ear and Plaza Suite, and a revival of Butley in the London Fringe. Recent directing credits include developmental readings of new plays by Bill C. Davis (author of Mass Appeal) and Sandra Seaton for the New York State Writers Institute, and, for Stageworks, plays by Roger Cornish and Ernest Thompson (author of On Golden Pond). He staged the opera Alfred, by Thomas Arne, featuring singers from Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists program in January, 2003. His numerous university and college directing credits include the world premiere of John and Elizabeth Fuller's Not Just a Love Story and the American premiere of Ladies in Waiting by Canadian playwright Ellen Fox. He has also managed and produced stock seasons in New York and New England.

Dr. Brown served as Associate Editor of the reference work Shakespeare Around the Globe: A Guide to Notable Postwar Revivals and contributed essays to the volume. He has published articles on twentieth-century French theatre in Theatre Journal, Theatre History Studies, and Theatre Survey in addition to authoring dramatic criticism, book reviews, and translations of French plays. In addition to the London premiere, his translation of Le Système Ribadier has been revived on a number of college campuses and, in regional theatre, at the George Street Playhouse. His current research interests include Shakespearian production history and dramatic form in the context of recent research on cognition.

At U Albany, Dr. Brown served as Theatre Department Chair from 1988 to 1994 and 1995 to 2002. From 1993 until 2003 he was the Director of Graduate Studies for the M.A. in dramatic art. In 1997-98 he served as Director of the Center for Arts and Humanities and administered the Shakespeare Semester. He is a program auditor for the New York State Council on the Arts and a fellow of the New York State Writers Institute.