Mr. O'Brien teaches speech, drama, and literature.
Although an atheist at an early age, Kevin O'Brien’s experiences with the dramatic arts began a conversion process that, with the help of the writings of G. K. Chesterton, eventually brought him into the Catholic Church.
Mr. O'Brien hosts the television series
The Theater of the Word on EWTN and can also be seen on episodes of EWTN’s
The Apostle of Common Sense,
The Quest for Shakespeare, and
The Journey Home. He also portrays J. R. R. Tolkien in several
Tolkien specials hosted by Joseph Pearce.
Most recently, Mr. O'Brien has appeared in two movies:
Manalive, based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton, and
To Follow the Light: the Conversion of John Henry Newman.
In addition, Mr. O'Brien has performed and produced 35 audio books and is the only person in history to play every part in a Shakespeare play (twice!), which he did for his
audio readings of
The Merchant of Venice and
Macbeth for Ignatius Press. Also, Mr. O'Brien and author
Joseph Pearce are the co-founders of the website
The Christian Shakespeare, which publishes essays demonstrating the Catholic worldview of the world's greatest dramatist.
Mr. O'Brien is also a writer and regular contributor to
The St. Austin Review and
ACS Books will be publishing his autobiography soon.
"I have learned SO much this semester! It was a great experience."
"I've always liked literature, but this class made me love it even more."
"The course was fun, Mr. O’Brien is a GREAT teacher!"
"Preparing for the debates was a lot of fun, as was seeing and hearing our classmates' arguments. I really liked having to prepare both sides of our last argument and not knowing which we would do in class. Kevin O'Brien was an awesome teacher and gave me a great understanding of the subject. I would definitely recommend this class."
"Mr. O'Brien was AWESOME!!! He is so funny!!! But he also taught us all we needed to know about drama!!!
"I cannot tell you what a difference your class has made this semester for [my daughter]. She came downstairs the other day and said, 'I'm so sad that Mr. O'Brien's class is over.' This semester I watched some of your classes with [my daughter] because she'd say, 'Mom, you're going to love this! Pull up a chair!' You are an outstanding teacher ... We are so grateful for your impact on my daughter's life,"
"We love Mr. O'Brien!! Our daughter is really enjoying his class this semester. Thank you so much!"
" I remember speech classes being very intimidating for the naturally quieter people in class, but my son has not felt intimidated at all. He really likes the class discussions and has had a lot of fun with the creativity of the writing prompts and assignments."
"The teacher, Kevin O'Brien was great!!! A very special thanks to Mr. O'Brien. I hope that he will continue to teach this class so that all rest of my 7 kids may benefit from him. My son thoroughly enjoyed his class. I really like his focus on the philosopher, Socrates as a great philosopher and orator. He made the class very fun by dressing in costume!! What a GREAT teacher!!"
"The kids are very engaged, the teacher makes the material interesting and fun, and the kids get to try out their skills during class. The plays chosen are giving a deep and thorough survey of the history of drama even though the kids may not realize that."