Keith Flippen

30 years of commitment to acting

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. Keith's roots are in the theatre and he has 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, Private Wars, Beau Jest, Front P{age, Waiting for Godot, and Mass Appeal, winning awards and praise for his stage work.  In early 1992, however, Keith also booked his first major television job on CBS's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles which sent his live in a different direction.

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), Minority Report, Dawson's Creek (WB), Surface (NBC), the Emmy Award winners From the Earth to the Moon (miniseries) and Iron Jawed Angels, both for HBO, Army Wives, and Won't Back Down with Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal...altogether over 20 TV movies, 12 feature films, and 35 episodes of major television series. Over the last few years you may have seen Keith in The Mule with Clint Eastwood, Ozark with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, along with his roles on Halt and Catch Fire, Good Behavior, Mr. Mercedes, and Outsiders.

In addition to working on these many projects, he has run and instructed at The Actors' Place for 12 years, 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.

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