DMACC Creators Series: Acting

Alex Brown (Brownie) has been involved in productions at Des Moines Area Community College for about two years and has played varying roles throughout his time at DMACC. He has played Schroeder in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”, Dennis in “Mauritius”, a small unscripted role in “FOOLS”, Malvolio in last summer’s Shakespeare short, and will appear again in the upcoming show this summer.

1. What is your favorite part about acting?
“My favorite part about acting at the current moment is probably the thrill of being on stage performing in front of people and being apart of this spectacle that’s only for that specific audience and you as an actor, each night and each performance is different in its own way and that’s always a thrill to acting for me.”

2. How long have you been acting?

“Since high school, middle school was my first introduction to theatre and acting but I never got a chance to do much till high school.”

3. What is your favorite production you’ve been in?
“Favorite production is a tough one really because I’ve loved all the productions I’ve been in, but I’d probably give it to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, it was an incredible experience and was such a fun show. I was really proud of myself that production with progress in singing and acting. Musicals are always a blast to perform for people too.

4. What is the biggest challenge for you when it comes to acting?

“The biggest challenge for me is normally first finding the character, especially with Mauritius, I’m used to performing comedies, so finding a more serious character in a very serious play was a challenge for me.”

5. Who do you look up to?
“I mean, of course I look up to those that teach me, Carl (DMACC’s Theatre Director), Kristin and Alex from Grandview, my old high school theatre teacher, but I also really look up to my peers. And of course I look up to my parents. My parents and my sister all have been huge role models for me.

6. What inspires you to continue acting?
One, my love for it. Two, my peers within theatre, to see them grow as actors inspires me so much to grow as an actor. I hope my peers in acting and theatre really know how influential their progress is, I hope we all get to where we want to be in the future of this career and I hope they know that I’m rooting for all them just as I hope they’re doing for me. Watching them grow as actors is incredible.

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