LSU Department of Theatre Chair Kristin Sosnowsky Named Interim Dean of LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts
BATON ROUGE – Kristin Sosnowsky, associate professor of arts administration and chair of the LSU Department of Theatre, as well as the senior associate dean for finance and operations and managing director of Swine Palace, has been named interim dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, pending approval from the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Sosnowsky, who will begin the new position on Aug. 10, will fill the vacancy being opened by Laurence Kaptain, who will move into the position of Director of Creative Initiatives.
“I am honored for this opportunity to work alongside the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts as we continue to advance the college’s long-standing tradition of artistic and scholarly excellence and to promote its contributions to the university, state, national and international communities,” Sosnowsky said.
Sosnowsky joined Swine Palace and the LSU theatre program in June 2001, after three years as executive director of Brandywine Ballet Company, a regional ballet company located in West Chester, Penn. While at Brandywine Ballet, she collaborated with internationally renowned choreographer Eddy Toussaint and artistic director Donna L. Muzio to create Brandywine Ballet Theatre and a certificate program with West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 1997, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale School of Drama, where she served as the associate managing director of Yale Repertory Theatre.
“It was clear from nominations from faculty and staff in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts that Kristin has broad support across disciplines within the college,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “Coupled with the fact that she has served the college for three years as associate dean, her experience, support and willingness to serve make her an ideal candidate for the job.”
Sosnowsky will officially begin Aug.10, Bell said. Prior to that, she will be working closely with Kaptain to ensure a smooth transition and familiarize herself with all aspects of college business. She has agreed to serve as interim dean until a national search results in the hiring of a permanent dean.
Bell said that a search committee is expected to be named before the fall semester begins in August, after which the committee will begin its work immediately. He added that the university hopes to have a permanent dean named by July 1, 2014.