Mitch Brian (he/him)

Mitch Brian
Teaching Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Fine Arts Building 209
Digital and Public Humanities


Mitch Brian received his B.A. in Film Production from California State University, Northridge and his M.A. in Communication Studies from UMKC. Before moving to Kansas City he taught screenwriting at Columbia College, Hollywood. He has written teleplays for all the major networks as well as HBO and FX. He co-created and wrote episodes for Batman: the Animated Series and co-wrote the NBC mini-series The 70’s. He has written feature screenplays for directors Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone, Luis Mandoki and Robert Schwentke as well as for producers including Gina Davis, Mike Medavoy and James Ellroy. His screenplays have dealt with a variety of historical figures including John Brown, Frank Luke, Thomas Jefferson, J. Paul Getty and Lana Turner. His literary adaptations include Far From the Madding Crowd, Dracula, The Totem and Seven Days in May. He wrote and directed the award-winning short films Hang Ups and James Ellroy’s Stay Clean. His courses include Intro to Film Studies, Intro and Advanced Screenwriting, Directing Actors and Scenes, Film Adaptation, The Ancient World in Film and Concepts of the Hero in Ancient Literature & World Cinema. He is a published playwright and co-host of the podcasts Alien Minute and 007 x 7. He is also affiliated faculty with UMKC's Center for Digital and Public Humanities and was Digital and Public Humanities Faculty Fellow in academic year 2022-23.