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Keith Flippen

Acting and Voiceover Instructor  


Shortly after he graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Theatre Arts, Keith Flippen participated in the Soviet-American Actor Exchange program at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut in 1990. Upon his return to Virginia Beach from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre Music and Film, Keith began his study at The Actors' Place. During his tutelage, Keith appeared in a number of critically acclaimed roles in local and regional theatre productions including 1776, Spic-o-rama, 1940's Radio Hour, Holiday, Tomfoolery (for which he won a Portfolio Award), Private Wars, Beau Jest, and Mass Appeal, the latter three of which were directed by Sylvia Harman. In early 1992, a little over a year after beginning his study at The Actors' Place, Keith booked his first major television job on CBS's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

In the fall of 1992, Keith returned to Russia as the U.S. Administrator of the Russian American Theatre for several months working in

St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk to help produce a play performed for every fourth grader in the country of Byelorus...40,000 children in ten days.

After returning to the U.S., Keith's film career took off and now his credits include The Wire (HBO), American Gothic (CBS), Minority Report, Dawson's Creek (WB), Surface (NBC), Virus, as well as the Emmy Award winners From the Earth to the Moon (miniseries) and Iron Jawed Angels, both for HBO...altogether over 15 TV movies, 7 feature films, and 15 episodes of major television series. Over the last few years you may have seen Keith in ABC's Same as it Never Was with Lacey Chabert and Wendi Malik, CBS's Heartless with Melanie Griffith and Esai Morales, Ruffian for ABC/ESPN starring with Sam Shepard, or NBC's Surface. In 2008, Keith worked on the Independent film Two Hours in the Dark about Frank Capra, Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal for Lifetime TV, and became the online host for the "Lowe's Creative Ideas Online Shop Class."  Those videos can be viewed at

In 2009, Keith was on Army Wives (Season 3, Episdoe 7) and on Drop Dead Diva in Episode 7 of the first season - both on Lifetime TV.


In the pictures at right, from top to bottom, Keith building an Adirondak Chair for Lowe's Woodworker's Shop Class, on the monitor while shooting for Lowe's, on set for Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal, on set in Pittsburgh with Maggie Gyllenhaal, and with Viola Davis just after wrapping work on "Learning to Fly."


2011 was a very busy year for Keith. He spent 2 months workin in Pittsburgh with Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Rosie Perez on the film currently titled "Learning to Fly" due for release in theatres March 30, 2012.  Keith also can be seen January 29th, 2012 on ABC in "A Smile as Big as the Moon" with John Corbett.   Also due for release in theatres in 2012, Keith can be seen in "The Goats" with Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell.

In addition to working on these many projects, he has run and instructed at The Actors' Place, was an agent for three years, produced commercials for television, was dialect coach for television programs and at the VA Stage Company, and taught at ODU and the Governor's School for the Arts. Keith wears his passion for his craft on his sleeve, which is evident to anyone who has ever studied with him. He is also a firm believer in actors as artists, always seeking to grow and refine what they do. Keith brings that passion, along with his considerable experience and talent, to the students of The Actors' Place.