Welcome, Robert Ramirez – New Head of the Faculty of Drama

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A New Chapter for CMU Drama

August 18, 2022


The Faculty of Drama at Carnegie Mellon College embarks on a brand new chapter beneath the management of Robert Ramirez, who started his tenure as head of faculty on August 1. As the start of a brand new faculty 12 months approaches, Ramirez has his sights set on attending to know the scholars, school, and employees, and dealing collectively to advance the college’s mission of wonderful coaching whereas additionally making a extra equitable and sustainable studying atmosphere.

Ramirez joins CMU from the College of Texas at Austin (UT), the place he served as professor and chair of the Division of Theatre and Dance. Throughout his time at UT, Ramirez labored to remodel hiring practices, ensuing within the addition of 5 full-time tenure-track school members of coloration within the final two years. His dedication to variety, fairness, and inclusion additionally led to a rise of BIPOC candidates to UT’s theater program, and extra onstage work created by girls, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists.

Ramirez has lengthy been part of the skilled theater {industry} as nicely, working as an expert voice artist, director, and actor. His analysis pursuits lie within the areas of Shakespeare and classical theater, modern appearing practices, voice and speech pedagogy, and recorded voice artist practices. He accomplished his undergraduate research on the Los Angeles Theatre Academy at Los Angeles Metropolis Faculty and earned his MFA on the College of Delaware’s Skilled Theatre Coaching Program.

Over the previous two years, within the wake of the pandemic and an industry-wide reckoning round racial inequities within the American theater, the Faculty of Drama has labored to look at and reimagine how academic theater can and will contribute to a extra equitable and sustainable area. Given his observe document for changemaking at UT, and his wealthy expertise as an artist and educator, Ramirez proved the suitable match to guide the Faculty of Drama into this new future.

“I’ve admired Robert’s management for years and couldn’t be extra delighted that he will probably be becoming a member of us at CMU. I’m completely satisfied that he’s the suitable individual to take the Faculty of Drama ahead, in neighborhood and on this actual second,” mentioned Mary Ellen Poole, dean of the Faculty of Fantastic Arts.

“I’m, certainly, honored to hitch the Faculty of Drama at Carnegie Mellon,” Ramirez mentioned. “This is a chance to construct upon the strong repute and basis that exist right here amongst each self-discipline that contributes to the theater-making course of and efficiency {industry}.”


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