Marcus Brown: Actor/Entrepreneur Demonstrating How Louisiana’s Talented Artists Gets Things Done

Marcus Lyle Brown is well-known throughout Louisiana, the U. S. and abroad for the talent he brings to the entertainment industry. He has performed in more than 78 feature films and television series, appearing alongside big names such as Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Diane Krueger, Jim Carrey, Billy Bob Thornton, and many more.

He delivered compelling performances in the Academy award-winning film, Twelve Years A Slave, and in The Great Debaters, directed and starred in by Denzel Washington.

An encounter in 1996 with Baton Rouge native Steven Soderbergh, director of acclaimed commercial Hollywood films like Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s Eleven, led Marcus to realize he could remain in Louisiana and build a successful career in the entertainment industry. Marcus followed that advice and Soderbergh’s wisdom was proven true.

In 2007, Marcus’s company, Believe Entertainment, created and managed The Lafayette Entertainment Initiative, which was designed to promote Lafayette as a prime destination for creative content production.

As a production executive, Marcus has managed the financial and creative responsibilities for high profile feature film, television, and video games. He has managed recruitment and retention efforts yielding over $50 million in tax credit-eligible production activity.

Currently, Marcus serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Digital Twin Studios, which is housed in the LITE Center and the Opportunity Machine. The company is an immersive and interactive learning development company using simulated experiences in a risk-free environment. The group designs programs for safety training utilizing AR (augmented reality), MR (mixed reality) and VR (virtual reality).

An LSU alum with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Theatre, Marcus earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance and was one of the first recipients of the Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Fellowship in Communication & Media Studies at LSU.

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