Eric Browns shouts orders at a woman in a recent play at K-State, where he played the lead. He is looking forward to the department’s next play later in the year. Courtesy photo
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Named All-WAC tight end his senior year, 2009 Liberal High School graduate, Eric Brown, was near certain football would be in his future. He went on to Kansas State University and found a passion he was unaware he had – acting.
During his senior year in high school, Brown said, K-State showed interest in the football star and made an effort to recruit him.
“I played football three years in high school – my freshman, sophomore and senior year,” he said. “I was getting recruited by K-State to play football during my senior year, but I never was offered a scholarship or anything. I had decided I would come up here for some recruiting trips, I liked the school a lot, so I decided to come up here for academics.”
Brown enrolled in K-State as a political science major. A simple requirement of a fine arts credit to fulfill his major opened doors that Brown never imagined.
“I have always loved movies,” he said. “I have been a really, really big fan of cinema growing up, especially Spike Lee films – he is my favorite director.
“I had to take a fine arts credit for my major and the next thing I knew, I decided to take the fundamentals for acting class that they offer up here,” he explained. “I just decided it would be fun to do. I really liked it, and my teacher suggested I try out for some plays whenever the next auditions came around. So, I did that. The way I explain it to people is, ‘I fell in love.’ It wasn’t something I expected to happen.”
During his high school career at LHS, Brown said the drama department caught his attention, however, he was never able to participate due to his sports commitments.
“I was always busy with sports,” he said. “I had always wanted to try out, but the plays always came around basketball season.”
Currently, Brown is unsure about his future. However, he said, he is having the time of his life trying to figure out what the next chapter in his life will be.
“I’m struggling right now to figure out what I want to do,” he said. “I have a passion for acting, so partly I am wanting to go that way. At the same time, I also have a passion for law and justice. I am thinking I might want to go into law.”
Whatever Brown decides, he will continue to grow as an actor and a student. In the meantime, he is looking forward to auditions next month.
“The auditions for the next play will be in late November, I believe,” he said with anticipation. “There is a theater group up here that showcases black playwrites. Hopefully, I will get a part in one of their productions.”