Theater Arts Vision Committee

Charge to the Committee:

A committee has been formed to consider options for the future of theater at Brandeis with respect to the broad outlines of the graduate and undergraduate curricula, the general shape for the activities of the Brandeis Theater Company, the long-run composition of the theater department faculty, and the staffing structure of the Brandeis Theater Company.  The committee will make recommendations to the Dean of Arts and Sciences by mid-summer, with the goal being to have the broad approach decided by the start of the fall term, so that more specific curricular and production planning can then commence.

The committee will be operating within the general directives of the Brandeis 2020 Committee, including the need to reduce the overall cost of the theater programs. A specific budget target has not been set for the committee, so as not to prejudge the question of how much it will cost to have the strong graduate and undergraduate programs we seek.  Once the committee forms its recommendations, the Dean will work with the committee on the budgetary consequences, and consult them as necessary as decisions are made on structures that achieve both our educational and budgetary goals.

The members of the committee are as follows:

Scott Edmiston, Director of the Office for the Arts (Chair)

Susan Dibble, Theater Arts Department Chair

Adrianne Krystansky, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

Charles Schoonmaker, Lecturer in Theater Arts

Ryan McKittrick, Lecturer in Theater Arts

Thomas King, Associate Professor of English

Leslie Chiu, Production Manager, Brandeis Theater Company

Elaine Wong, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Alicia Hyland, Academic Administrator for Theater Arts

Benjamin Williams MFA ‘11

Becky Webber ‘09                              

The members of the committee have been chosen for their experience and ability to envision an exciting future for theater at Brandeis.  They do not represent particular constituencies, and they have been asked to approach their task from the perspective of what is best for theater at Brandeis, not what is best for any particular group or program.  The Dean has requested that they consult widely, both within Brandeis and in the larger world of theater, to gather ideas, new perspectives, and a broad base of information about possible future directions for theater at Brandeis.