About Us

The unique structure of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies provides the opportunities of a larger community to interconnect and collaborate.

While the degree programs in the dance and theatre disciplines retain their individuality, the School affords the inter-disciplinary prospects that enable landmark creativity and scholarship to flourish. Dynamic interaction between faculty, staff and students encourages innovative ideas and new initiatives.



Leigh Wilson Smiley
Director School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Anne Warren
Associate Director of Dance

Esther Kim Lee
Associate Director of Theatre

Alvin Mayes
Director of Undergraduate Dance Studies

Faedra Chatard Carpenter
Director of Undergraduate Theatre Studies

Franklin J. Hildy
Director of Graduate Studies
Head of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies
Head of the MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies

Karen Bradley
Head of Dance Performance and Scholarship
Head of the MFA in Dance

Helen Huang
Head of Dance/Theatre Design and Production
Head of the MFA in Design

Mitchell Hébert
Head of Theatre Performance