Carlyle Brown is the founder of Carlyle Brown & Company, based in Minneapolis. His plays include The Beggar's Strike, The Negro of Peter the Great, The African Company Presents Richard III, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Buffalo Hair, and others. He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, The Children's Theatre Company, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He is the recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and The Playwrights' Center.