Marilyn Brown is co-founder with her husband Bill of the Villa Institute of the Performing Arts in Springville, UT. From 1996 to 2006 the Browns operated their own Villa Playhouse in Springville where Marilyn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical,” was picked up by Encore. It has been preformed as far away as Australia. With BA and MA degrees in creative writing from BYU, and a MFA from University of Utah, Marilyn is primarily a novelist (fifteen novels published). She has won numerous literary awards, and now an award in her name, the Marilyn Brown Novel Award, presents a thousand dollars to the best unpublished novel submitted to Orem’s Utah Valley University English Department each October.