Alumnus Jerry Dickey appointed as Director of UF School of Theatre + Dance
Jerry Dickey, Ph.D., joins University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance (College of Fine Arts) as the school's director on July 16. Dickey, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at the University of Florida, earned his Master of Arts in Theatre at the University of Louisville and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Theatre History at Indiana University.
“Beyond his vast experience as an administrator and with theatre, dance, production, and scholarship, Jerry comes to the University of Florida with experience in leading innovative ideas and preparing students and programs for the intrinsically edge-cutting industries of theatre and dance,” said College of Fine Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli.
Dickey joins UF from the University of Arizona where he was associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, with previous service in the institution's School of Theatre Arts as interim director, vice-director and director of graduate studies. He is a former recipient of the Charles and Irene Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001) and the Roy A. and Stardust K. Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award (2000) from the University of Arizona.
"Jerry Dickey is an accomplished scholar and administrator,” said Professor Stan Kaye, chair of the search committee. “Our School of Theatre + Dance has an excellent reputation for exciting and groundbreaking work by the students, faculty and staff, and, after an intensive and international search, we are excited about moving our programs to even greater heights with Dr. Dickey at the helm of our team."
Dickey's research and teaching specializes in the history of early 20th century theatre in the United States. He is the co-author of "Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell" (with Barbara Ozieblo; Routledge 2008), co-editor of "Broadway's Bravest Woman: Selected Writings of Sophie Treadwell" (with Miriam Lopez-Rodriguez; Southern Illinois UP, 2006), and author of "Sophie Treadwell: A Research and Production Sourcebook" (Greenwood, 1997). He has also published numerous essays, including chapters in Longman's "A Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama" and "The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights." He previously chaired the Theatre History Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and served on the executive board of the American Theatre and Drama Society.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance," Dickey said. "On a personal level, the stage of the Constans Theatre is where, as an undergraduate, my passion for theatre and the performing arts first blossomed. On a professional level, I am humbled at the prospect of working alongside the school's creative and engaged faculty, staff and students. I look forward to meeting all of the school's community partners and to making many more."
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