Boston Conservatory at Berklee is seeking a dynamic and visionary academic and artistic leader to serve as dean of its Theater Division. The Dean of Theater will be an experienced and innovative leader prepared to develop an expanding musical theater and contemporary theater curriculum while honoring the values of a rigorous conservatory learning experience.
The 2016 merger of the Boston Conservatory and Berklee has created the world’s most comprehensive institution for the study of performing arts and related professions, and represents a unique opportunity for the new Dean. Boston Conservatory at Berklee is a discrete collegiate unit within the larger Berklee universe, continuing to offer its internationally recognized programs in theater, dance, and music. There is great excitement about continuing to explore both new program development and curricular and collaborative opportunities that will allow the institution to pioneer innovative models of theatrical training. The Dean of Theater will take a leadership role, alongside the Executive Director, in guiding these crucial conversations and the evolution that will follow.
The Dean will lead a theater faculty composed of distinguished professionals, augmented by nationally known guest artists. The Dean reports to the Executive Director, working closely with the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Deputy Chief of Staff, and in collaboration with Boston Conservatory’s dance and music deans around institutional initiatives.
Essential Functions/Primary Duties and Responsibilities Opportunities for Leadership:
Curricular innovation with focus on connections to 21st century skills such as creative thinking, entrepreneurism, problem solving, civic literacy, cultural awareness, etc.
Assessment of the curriculum and production choices to ensure a broadening of aesthetics and approaches with a focus on inclusivity.
New program development in collaboration with Berklee Online, Berklee NYC, Berklee Valencia and Berklee College of Music, Boston campus.
The successful candidate will be:
An exceptional theater artist and scholar with a track record of achievement at the highest level.
A professional with a proven track record of innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to career-building in the contemporary artistic environment.
An inspirational, collegial, team-oriented leader eager to work within the conservatory/college environment.
A person with strong, active relationships to the professional world and considerable teaching and curriculum design experience in higher education.
A compassionate and caring mentor with strong interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence and an effective, persuasive, and inspirational communicator.
An inclusive leader, committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and belonging where all can do their best work.
A strong advocate for conservatory theater training.
Internal Number: 1557
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.