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CalArts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970.

Mission Statement

CalArts is a multidisciplinary community of artists. Our ongoing educational endeavor is grounded in openness, experimentation, critical engagement, and creative freedom. Through artistic practice, we transform ourselves, each other, and the world.


California state law vests the authority of management of California Institute of the Arts in the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Working with the Institute’s president and its academic and administrative officers, the Board of Trustees holds fiduciary and overall responsibility for the welfare of CalArts. The Institute’s leadership also consults with the Board of Overseers, a New York-based advisory panel.

Academic and Administrative

Ravi S. Rajan

Tracie Costantino

Chebon Marshall
Chief of Staff & Assistant to the President for Government/Community Affairs

Yvonne Berry
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Innovation Officer

Meredith Robbins
Senior Vice President of Advancement

Anna Hawkey Jablonski
Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Students 

Karla Talavera
Associate Vice President and Controller

Jesse Smith
Associate Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Charmagne Shearrill
Associate Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Eva Graham
Institute Diversity Officer

Thomas Lawson
Dean, School of Art

Amanda Beech
Dean, School of Critical Studies

Dimitri Chamblas
Dean, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance

Abigail Severance
Interim Dean, School of Film/Video

David Rosenboom
Dean, The Herb Alpert School of Music

Travis Preston
Dean, School of Theater

Joan Jocson-Singh
Institute Librarian 

Marylou Ferry
Interim Executive Director of Communications

Erin Collins