Joe Allen Brown “Pro Joe” has taught at Wesleyan since 1978. During his tenure he has served as Chair of Theatre (22 years), Dean of the School of Fine Arts (5 years) and Dean of Freshman Success (16 years). In the fall of 2019, at his request, he will step out of his role as Dean of Freshman Success to return to full-time teaching in Theatre, Speech and Freshmen Success classes and serve as Associate Dean of Freshman Success. Joe is currently the senior faculty member at Wesleyan. He has received the Earl Brown Faculty Award for his service and teaching, and has received two Trustee Awards both for his service to Wesleyan and his service in the community. He has been recognized twice by the Wesleyan Alumni Association with the Wesleyan Flame Award for Service to the University and the Wesleyan Medal Award for being recognized as an Honorary Alumni of the University.
The Live Theatre League of Tarrant County has also recognized Joe twice: with the Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Theatre and the Arts Advocacy Award.
Joe has been a Texas Educational Theatre Association One Act Play judge for over 35 years.
Joe is an active member of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County, currently serving as its President.