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Kristin Sosnowsky, Co-Director

Kristin Sosnowsky serves as the Executive Associate Dean of the LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts; Chair of the School of Theatre and also oversees Swine Palace, the School’s affiliated Equity theatre company. In 2015, she served as the Interim Executive Director of the LSU Museum of Art. During her tenure at LSU, she has produced over 40 major professional productions including THE HEIDI CHRONICLES which was performed at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Beijing Central Academy of Drama; the world premiere of COCKTAIL which was one of 36 productions selected to represent the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, and the world premiere of SPILL, a multi-media theatre event and visual art installation based on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. In 2006, Swine Palace was recognized for its work on issues of social justice with the Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Large Arts Organization and the 13th Annual YWCA Greater Baton Rouge Racial Justice Award. Ms. Sosnowsky is a member of the National Association for Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation; serves on the Board of the University Resident Theatre Association and is the Co-Director of the Assocation for Theatre in Higher Education Leadership Institute. Ms. Sosnowsky teaches courses on arts marketing; fundraising and development for the arts; nonprofit financial management; and board development.

Jake Pinholster, Co-Director

Jake Pinholster is the associate dean for Policy and Initiatives in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and project manager/facilitator of local, regional, and national projects, including the Herberger Design and Arts Corps, FilmSpark, creative placemaking initiatives, extended and professional education programs, and strategic partnerships with more than thirty partner organizations. As former director and professor in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Pinholster has been involved in a number of long-term initiatives that fuse technology, interdisciplinarity, and curricular innovation, and he heads two graduate programs in design and digital media. As a creative artist, Pinholster’s efforts have centered on projection and media design and technology for performance. He is an associate artist with Les Freres Corbusier, the resident video designer for the David Dorfman Dance company, and a consulting associate with SK Design and Consulting, specialists in performance facilities and systems for education. His professional media design credits include The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway, Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (HBO), Current Nobody (Woolly Mammoth), and many other productions at off-Broadway, regional, and academic venues.

Faculty and Advisory Committee

Steve Peters
Dean and Professor of Theatre, College of Fine Arts
Montevallo University

Dr. Mark Alan Heckler
President of Valparaiso University
Valparaiso University

Dr. Barbara Oliver Korner
Dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Penn State College of Arts and Architecture

Donna Aronson
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
President of ATHE, 1999-2001

Dan Carter
Director of the School of Theatre
Penn State University

Michelle Hayford
Director of the Theater Program
University of Dayton

Michael Hood
Dean of the College of Fine Arts
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Huberman
Dean, Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts
Bradley University

Susan Kattwinkel
Associate Professor of Theatre, Founding Director of First-Year Experience Program
The College of Charleston

Geri Maschio
Director of Graduate Studies and former Associate Dean, Theatre Department
University of Kentucky

Valerie B. Morris
Dean, School of the Arts
The College of Charleston

Randy Reinholz
Professor, Former director of Community Engagement and Innovative Programs
San Diego State University
Producing Artistic Director, Native Voices at the Autry

Michael Tick
Dean for the College of Fine Arts
University of Kentucky

Dr. Karen Ward
Chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Hampton University

Faculty still interested in this year’s Institute can contact Kristin Sosnowsky, KSOSNO1@LSU.EDU.

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