Ross Brown Joins Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MFA Program

Ross BrownRoss Brown, MFA, joins Antioch University Santa Barbara today as Director of the new Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program set to debut in December.

Ross has an extensive background in writing professionally, especially in television. His career began on The Cosby Show, and Ross went on to write and produce such TV shows as The Facts of LifeWho’s the Boss?, and Step By Step. Over the course of his career, Ross has worked with many highly skilled comedy writers, performers, and directors and created prime-time comedy series for ABC, CBS, and the WB.

But after many years writing and producing material for the screen, Ross decided to change his career path.

“After I’d already been a professional writer for twenty years, I went to a low-residency MFA program to further my teaching career,” Ross said. “I thought it was just a practical move, but it turned out to be life-changing. I’m a much better writer and a spiritually richer person as a result of my low-residency MFA experience. As the director of Antioch Santa Barbara’s new MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media, I hope I can pass on my transforming experience and inspire the next generation of writers.”

After receiving his MFA, Ross spent 10 years as a tenured Associate Professor in the Film and Media Arts program at Chapman University before coming to AUSB. Ross also has taught at the University of Southern California and California State University at Northridge during his academic career.

In addition to his television writing work and academic pursuits, Ross’s career includes writing for theater. His stage play Hindsight was part of the Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse at the Playhouse series. Another play, Trapped, was selected for the 2011 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the historic Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Ross’s most recent play, Day One, was performed at the Lakeshore Theater Ten-Minute Play Festival in Minnesota and at The Road Theater Company’s Summer Play Festival in Los Angeles.

Ross also is the author of the book Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet based on courses he created at Chapman University. Ross earned his AB in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Ross and his wife live in Santa Barbara and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

“Ross has had an extensive career in the industry as well as academia, and he is invested in mentoring the next generation of innovative writers and storytellers,” said AUSB’s Academic Dean Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD.

About the MFA program

In AUSB’s unique Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program, students learn the craft of professional storytelling. Whether writing for the page, the stage, the screen, or the microphone, students will discover how to use the fundamental elements of narrative to craft stories for a wide range of media settings such as print, film, television, video games, radio, and Internet. Graduates of the MFA program will not only have a professional-level product in their chosen genres but will be prepared to apply their skills to any field that requires creative communication. Learn more and apply at

Posted on August 1, 2016

Antioch University

Since our founding 1852, Antioch University has remained on the forefront of social justice, inclusion, and equality – regardless of ethnicity, gender, creed, orientation, focus of study, or ability.

Antiochians actively reflect these shared values to inspire positive change in the world. Common Thread is where we document the stories that showcase our communities actions, so the change we work for can be shared widely.  

© 2020 Antioch University. All Rights Reserved.

Skip to content