Interlochen Arts Academy announces new theatre faculty

Interlochen Arts Academy is pleased to announce that the search for two Theatre Arts faculty members to replace the retiring Robin Ellis and David Montee has come to a successful conclusion. Interlochen alumnus Andrew McGinn (IAC 93, IAA 93-94) and Christine Marie Brown will join the Theatre Arts Division at the beginning of the 2018-19 Academy year.

Andy and Christine come to Interlochen from Seattle, where they both lead active careers as performers, directors and educators. Andy is a Juilliard-trained actor who appeared on Broadway in The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia. He received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington and has taught at Cornish College, the University of Seattle and the Freehold Theatre Lab. Christine has her MFA in Acting from the Old Globe Theatre at the University of San Diego. She made her Broadway debut in both parts of Shakespeare's Henry IV and her regional theatre credits include roles such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie Theatre and Masha in Three Sisters at Baltimore Centerstage. Christine has taught with Freehold Theatre Lab and Cornish College, and works extensively as a private audition coach.

Please join us in welcoming Andy and Christine to the Interlochen faculty!

Andrew McGinn has been a professional actor, director and teacher since his graduation from Juilliard in 1998. New York City performance credits include Broadway productions of the American premieres of Invention of Love, and the Tony Award record-breaking Coast of Utopia. He has performed in over 150 theater productions at notable venues including Chicago Shakespeare, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, ACT, The Western Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare, The Hangar Theater, The NY Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater (five productions), La Jolla Playhouse, and spent two seasons touring classical theater with The Acting Company. He was also drumming and throwing marshmallows as a Blue Man, performing in New York City. Since his move to Seattle in 2010, his acting credits have included the title role in Cyrano at Portland Center Stage, the title role in Titus Andronicus at Seattle Shakespeare, the role of Dr. Watson in Seattle Rep's Hound of Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (April 2016), and the role of Falstaff in Freehold's Engaged Theatre Project productions of Henry IV parts 1&2, and Henry V (playing Falstaff's ghost as The Chorus).

He began producing and directing in association with New York City's The Infinite Theatre, directing Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, Last of my Solid Gold Watches, and Lady of Larkspur Lotion in association with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, where he also served as Supervising Director. Andrew earned his MFA in directing at the University of Washington, having directed David Edgar's Pentecost as his thesis production. Post-MFA directing credits include Female Transport at Seattle University, Indian Ink at Sound Theatre Company, All's Well that Ends Well for Freehold's Ensemble Training Intensive and Fuente Ovejuna at Cornish College of the Arts.

He is a regular Adjunct professor of Acting/Guest Director at both Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle University. He has also been the Associate Director of Freehold's Ensemble Training Intensive, a private one-year, full-time acting conservatory, and he regularly teaches advanced acting courses at Freehold Theatre. He is also a Vocal Coach at Jack Straw Productions.

Christine Marie Brown made her Broadway debut in the Tony-award winning production of both parts of William Shakespeare's Henry IV. She has also appeared Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and in an award-winning NYC Fringe Festival production of Harold Pinter's Ashes to Ashes. Nationally, her work includes leading roles at The Guthrie, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, Shakespeare & Company, Buffalo Studio Arena, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Center, Kansas City Rep and TUTA (Chicago). In Seattle, her work has been seen at Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare, Village Theatre, Book-It Rep, Taproot Theatre, Theatre22, Thalia’s Umbrella, 5th Avenue NextFest, 14/48 Festival, Theatre Anonymous, Engaged Theatre Program, Sandbox Radio, SOAPFest, ESTP and Northwest Playwrights' Alliance. In addition, she is a vocal coach at Jack Straw Productions and an occasional dialect coach for Taproot Theatre. She has also taught auditioning at Cornish College of the Arts' summer theatre intensive for high school students and English pronunciation at the Seattle World School for ESL immigrant students. As a member of the faculty at Freehold Theatre Lab in Seattle, she teaches Intro to Acting, Auditioning, Beginning Scene Study, Advanced Scene Study and Rehearsal & Performance. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Old Globe Theatre and a BA in Theatre from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Sandbox Artists' Collective, AEA & SAG-AFTRA.

Christine’s performance credits include: Henry IV (Lincoln Center Theatre); Canary (Playwrights Horizons); A Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, The Pitmen Painters (ACT); Romeo & Juliet (The Guthrie Theater); The Importance of Being Earnest (South Coast Repertory); Sherlock Holmes & the American Problem, Twelfth Night (Seattle Repertory Theatre); The Three Sisters (Baltimore Centerstage); Trying, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Love's Labor's Lost, Over the River & Through the Woods, Twelfth Night, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Old Globe Theatre); Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Downstairs (Theatre22); When Love Speaks (Thalia’s Umbrella); Evidence of Things Unseen (Taproot Theatre); As You Like It, Othello (Shakespeare & Company); Man & Superman (Kansas City Repertory); A Thousand Clowns (Buffalo Studio Arena Theatre); Othello, Arcadia and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Henry IV and King Lear (Engaged Theatre Program); Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Festival of New Musicals, '13 (Village Theatre); Once in a Lifetime, It's A Wonderful Life (Theatre Anonymous); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, Love's Labor's Lost (American Shakespeare Center); 14/48 Festivals, '12, '13, '14 and first ever outdoor fest, numerous radio shows with Sandbox Radio and many readings with ESTP.