Always do right. This will gratify some,
and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain
Warren Brown, a Mark Twain scholar, received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens, “bridging the lessons of history with the demands of contemporary living.”
Mr. Brown has performed “Catch the Twain”, worldwide since 1996. This award-winning program promotes an appreciation for humanity in a way that is amusing, inspirational, and historically accurate. It’s an uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series.
Catch the Twain, is endorsed by the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Warren says he struggled all through school, “The hardest eight years of my life…was 1st grade.” Nevertheless, Warren has a degree from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Brown has performed many shows for The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American culture, bringing communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate books and writers from American and world literature.
He is a member of Advocates United with 20 years service as a literacy tutor and volunteer for various disability groups. Mr. Brown has created comedy show fundraisers and creative writing seminars for students.
In his portrayal of Twain, Mr. Brown authentically replicates the courageous spirit of America’s greatest humorist. As Twain said, “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
Illinois Arts Council 2001-2012
Illinois Humanities Council 1999-2012
Heartland Arts Fund 2001-2006
Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award 2000
Personal Profile Over forty years work experience, including: lemonade sales, caddying, laborer, clerk, corporate manager, and author. Ten years as a small-business owner. Fifty years in life education. Thirty glorious years of family management.
Personal Interests Genealogy, comedy, art, science, photography, words, maps, and writing.
Favorite Twain Stories Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven, “An Encounter with an Interviewer,” and “How to Tell a Story.”
Favorite Book The Dictionary. I went to the library to look up the word kleptomaniac, but somebody had stolen the book.
Favorite Compliment “Better than Holbrook…almost as good as Twain.” Dan Carroll, Blue Island Public Library
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