The University of the Arts Welcomes New Dean of the College of Performing Arts

Kay F. Williams will join UArts on July 1

April 20, 2012

The University of the Arts today announced the appointment of Kay F. Williams as dean of the University's College of Performing Arts (CPA), effective July 1, 2012. Williams will come to UArts from Washington, D.C., where she operates SiG Productions, LLC, an arts consulting and production company.

The new dean will lead the three performing arts schools in CPA: Dance, Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts

"Kay will bring energy, enthusiasm, and a depth and breadth of experience to the continuing transformation of the University as we realize the promise of our innovative new academic plan, said Kirk E. Pillow, the University's provost. "I look forward to her arrival and to working closely with her."

Williams comes to UArts with extensive artistic and administrative experience in each of the disciplines encompassed in the College of Performing Arts. As a producer, designer, company manager and stage manager, she has worked with Tony- and Pulitzer-prize winning artists, musicians from Oscar Peterson to Yo Yo Ma to Bruce Springsteen, and dance companies from the Washington Ballet to the Trey McIntyre Project. 

An architectural consultant specializing in the creation of performing arts spaces, she has has also been a lecturer and adjunct professor at George Mason University, Indiana/Purdue University and Butler University. She holds an MA in Lighting Design from Indiana University and a BFA from the University of Florida in Theater Design and Technology with a minor in Painting, and was selected as an intern at the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University.

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