Jared Brown is the author of five published books: The Fabulous hunts, A Biography of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne (Atheneum, 1986; reissue: AuthorHouse, 2006), Zero Mostel (Atheneum, 1989), The Theatre in America During the Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 1995), Alan J. Pakula: His Films and His Life (Backstage Books, 2005) and Moss Hart: A Prince of the Theatre (Backstage Books, 2006). The Fabulous Lunts was awarded the Barnard Hewitt Award as the outstanding book about the theatre in 1986. He has also written about fifteen plays, from historically-based dramas to children’s plays to musicals, all of which have been produced.
Brown taught theatre at Western Illinois University and at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was Director of the School of Theatre Arts. At both universities, he specialized in teaching theatre history, playwriting and directing. He has directed approximately one hundred plays, both in university and in professional settings. He retired from teaching in 2002 in order to devote himself to fulltime writing.
He was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, then received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ithaca College, his Master’s in Drama from San Francisco State College and his Ph.D. in Speech and Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Judy, now live in Bloomington, Illinois. They have two grown children, both of whom live in California.