Mr. OBrien teaches speech, drama, and literature.
Although an atheist at an early age, Kevin’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.
Kevin 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
The Journey Home
. He also portrays J. R. R. Tolkien on several
hosted by Joseph Pearce.
Most recently Kevin has appeared in two movies,
, based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton, and
To Follow the Light: the Conversion of John Henry Newman
In addition, Kevin 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
The Merchant of Venice
for Ignatius Press. Also, Kevin 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 (
Kevin is also a writer and regular contributor to
The St. Austin Review
. ACS Press will be publishing his autobiography in 2016.
For more information, visit
Mr. O'Brien teaches the following courses:
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Speech and Communications
Drama and the Human Spirit for Middle School
"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."