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Adwin Brown

Published April 22, 2015

Adwin Brown

Name: Adwin Brown

Position in School of Theatre: BA Theatre Major! SENIOR

Hometown: Tampa, Florida


1.  How did you get your start in theatre?

During the summer after my 5th grade year, my parents randomly received a letter in the mail with the quote “Would your child be interested in magnet middle schools?” written on the envelope. They sat me down, and went through each school, asking if I found any of their curriculum interesting and the only one that caught my attention was the middle school with a performing arts program. I had never done any type of theatre before but it sounded like fun and the kids on the brochure looked like they were having the best time! The only problem was the school was an hour away from my house, so every morning from 6th to 8th grade, I had to catch the bus at 5:45am, take it to a ‘transfer station’ and then transfer to another bus, and then hopefully I’d arrive at school by 7:20am. It sounds a little extreme but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. The only part better than falling in love with theatre, was meeting people who loved theatre as much as I do. It is this crazy, indescribable connection and I’m so thankful I’ve had it since the 6th grade!

2.  What is the best performance you have ever seen OR what is the craziest thing that has happened to you during a performance?

During my sophomore year at FSU, I was cast as Bilbo Baggins in TCC’s production of “The Hobbit” and I loved every minute of it. Mostly because the costume department went to town on me! I had a fat suit, hairy-hobbit feet, and most importantly, prosthetic elf ears. For our first performance of “The Hobbit,” a few local elementary schools were bused in to enjoy the show and during the performances they were always very, very vocal about their opinions. Unfortunately for me, I guess I didn’t glue my ears on very well because during one of my monologues I decided to fling my arms in disgust, and when I ear FLEW. The kids erupted in laughter and wouldn’t stop talking about it for the whole first act of the show! It was a mess.

3.  If you could have any career outside of theatre, what would it be and why?

I hope this doesn’t sound insane, but I would love to design promotional type things. Especially movie posters! I find it very interesting how a movie chooses to market itself, and that is partially dependent on how the poster looks. And lets be honest, we all judge movies by their posters…I would love to be the person in charge of your judgments.

4.  What inspires you in your free time/ what do you do for fun?

When I was Freshman, after my first semester of school my parents bought me my Nikon D40 and I’ve been attached ever since. Photography is definitely something I’d like to pursue a little later down the road. I started taking photographs of my friends in my spare time, and I seemed to get good responses so I decided to start my own little photography business. I usually always have my camera with me and I’m always sporadically clicking away. Some of my friends hate it but they love it when they see them on Facebook!

5.  What brought you to Florida State?

Florida State was the one school I applied to that didn’t give my parents a heart attack. It was only four hours away and had a great reputation for the major I wanted to take. Plus, having Bright Futures didn’t hurt either. So from then on, it was pretty much a done deal.

6.  If you could give an aspiring theatre artist any piece of advice, what would it be?

Do it because you love it. Simple as that.

7.  Wild Card Question: If you were a cartoon character, who would would you be and why?

I’m clearly Gerald from Hey Arnold! I think we can all collectively agree on that. He was the coolest kid at PS118!