Kevin O’Brien

Carrier Shell Classes

We provide homeschool curriculum, classes, and creative opportunities for vivid, transformative family-based learning.    Tackling niche, but engaging avenues of study, we ask the question, “Why not?”


Independent Online Instructor

I use humor and energy and lots of interaction in my online courses, and I am thrilled to be teaching for Carrier Shell!

I am a professional actor, writer and comedian and I love to teach online!  It’s one way I express my artistic creativity – along with my love for learning and communication.

Since 1989, I have made a living writing and performing interactive comedy murder mysteries at wineries, mansions and dinner trains across the Midwest.  We perform about 150 shows a year and we have some venues that have been booking us regularly for decades, with loyal fans who come to see the different scripts we perform every month.  I love making people laugh and I love the challenge of leading an audience in trying to solve a mystery – which is a kind of improvisational teaching!

I am the author of several published books, including An Actor Bows: Showbiz, God and the Meaning of Life, as well as several plays that have been performed across the country, including As the Globe Turns and Socrates Meets the Modern World.

From 2015 to 2024, I taught Middle School and High School students online for Homeschool Connections, putting together and teaching seventy different courses in that span of time.

I have also narrated, edited and recorded over 160 audiobooks, including Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth.  I am the only person in history to play every character in both of those plays, which I did for those two audio productions.

I use humor and energy and lots of interaction in my online courses, and I am thrilled to be teaching for Carrier Shell!