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Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown to appear at BW

Sterling K. Brown

Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown will share his journey from business major to history-making actor at Baldwin Wallace University's 2018 Business Leadership Lecture on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lou Higgins Recreation Center. His appearance is also part of a year-long BW cultural series featuring "Voices of Imagination and Innovation."

Brown, one of Time magazine's 2018 "Most Influential People," will sit down with BW President Bob Helmer for a free-ranging discussion of topics from the power of creativity to invigorate innovation, to the essential nature of the arts to illuminate the human condition, to the importance of diverse voices in media.

History-making recognition

Brown currently plays Randall Pearson in NBC's award-winning hit series "This is Us," which premieres its third season on Tuesday, September 25.

His portrayal has earned him a raft of accolades for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series including the Emmy, Critics' Choice, NAACP Image, Golden Globe and SAG Awards - making him the first African American actor to win these categories in the history of the Globes and the SAGs. Brown is currently nominated for two individual Emmys for his comedy and drama work.

Silver screen and stage success

Earlier this year, Brown co-starred in Marvel's record-breaking film "Black Panther." This September, he will lead the ensemble cast of Fox's "The Predator" and has several films slated for release in 2019, including "The Rhythm Section," "Angry Birds 2" and "Waves."

A lover of theater, Brown has performed in a variety of staged shows, including NY and LA productions of "Father Comes Home from the Wars - Parts 1, 2 & 3," for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award.

The joy in the doing

In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX's highly-rated, award-winning television event series "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story." Brown won an Emmy and a Critics' Choice Award for the role.

Beyond awards recognition, Brown is known to take greatest pleasure in practicing his craft. Writing for Time, his "O.J." co-star Sarah Paulson said, "Sterling runs to run; the joy for him is in the doing. That he finds himself vaulted into the firmament-where he belongs-is merely glorious icing."

Magic in the arts

Brown, an advocate for access to arts education, has said "the arts are something that have this two-fold magic about them. There is the creation itself, given the room to explore your imagination and to see what comes from that. But then there is the appreciation, like when kids get a chance for other people to witness their art … when their perspective of the world is validated."

After starting out as a business major, Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Stanford University, before receiving his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The Missouri native currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Free tickets

The BW Business Leadership Lecture Series is presented free of charge thanks to generous funding from distinguished alumnus Stephen Boesel '68.

Tickets for Sterling K. Brown's appearance are required and will be available online at bw.edu/tickets beginning August 31. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per person.

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