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Brian Coats

The Amen Corner

February 21, 2013

Brian Coats has established a successful career in regional and off-Broadway theater that includes work on some of the most prestigious stages in the country: The Lincoln Center, People’s Light and Theater Company, The Public Theatre, New York Shakespeare in The Park. A few of the highly reputable plays in which Coats has performed are On the Levee, Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentleman of Verona, Clybourne Park, and A Raisin in the Sun. In addition to his stage work, Coats has found success in the contrasting world of television and film, where he has appeared on Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Big Lake and The Sopranos, among others. As this brief summary of credits attests, Coats is competent in both classical and contemporary performance styles, which has allowed him to portray a diverse range of characters.

Coats was the recipient of the 1995 Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for his performance in Distant Fires by Kevin Heelan. He was also nominated for the 2011 Carbonell Awards—South Florida’s theater and arts honors—for his performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris.

Coats was selected to collaborate with Oscar-nominated director Oren Jacoby and the Ralph Ellison Estate Literary Executor John F. Callahan in the development and performance of an original adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. The production will be presented with the Studio Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Theatre Company of Boston.