President Steven Lavine and Provost Nancy Uscher wish to express their gratitude to the School of Theater’s Associate Dean Leslie Tamaribuchi and Head of Design Ellen McCartney who have been appointed acting co-deans of the School of Theater for the coming year.
“We thank them for stepping in to serve during this time of transition,” said President Lavine. “The School of Theater is the most forward-looking theater training program in the United States and we are confident that, under Leslie and Ellen’s direction, the school will thrive as it continues to train tomorrow’s theater artists to enter and transform the field.”
Leslie was managing director of Los Angeles’ Cornerstone Theater before joining the Design and Production faculty in 2003. She was appointed Associate Dean in 2005 and, in that capacity, has been responsible for supervision of academic programs in the school.
Ellen, who holds the Robert Corrigan Chair in Theater, came to CalArts in 1996. First serving as faculty in the Costume Design Program, she became head of that program in 2000. In 2007, Ellen was appointed Head of the Design Program in the School of Theater--providing vision and leadership in all areas of design instruction and production. Ellen is co-founder of the performance design firm Simulation Ranch.
Leslie and Ellen succeed Erik Ehn who has taken the position of head of the playwriting program at Brown University. CalArts is grateful for Erik’s contributions: strengthening the link between the arts and social responsibility, creating substantive international exchanges and fostering community among the School of Theater, the Institute and with artists and activists across the country and beyond.
A national search for position of Dean of the School of Theater will begin in August.