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Stephens announces new Dean of Performing Arts

June 18, 2014

Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, an internationally acclaimed performing arts scholar, author, director, academic administrator and award-winning, longtime faculty member at American University in Washington, D.C., has been named the new Dean of the School of Performing Arts at Stephens College.
“We’re thrilled that Dr. Mardirosian is joining Stephens College,” President Dr. Dianne Lynch said Tuesday. “Her creative vision, exceptional intellect, international experience and collaborative spirit will help propel our performing arts program to the next level of professional quality and national reputation.” 
Dr. Mardirosian’s broad experience encompasses academic administration, program development and fundraising and the direction of more than 130 productions, including drama, musical theatre, children’s theatre, classical and new works. She is also the past chair of the AU Department of Performing Arts, having opened both the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre and the Katzen Arts Center during her chairship.
Dr. Mardirosian has taught and directed in multiple countries, including Greece, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the Czech Republic, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She is also involved in international forums promoting artistic exchange and interaction.
As an arts administrator for more than 25 years, she has also consulted for multiple nonprofit arts and education organizations throughout the U.S. Dr. Mardirosian is also the team leader for an arts integration research project titled Imagination Quest (IQ), a collaborative effort between Imagination Stage and American University professors.
Dr. Mardirosian has an impressive list of honors and recognition, as well, including several outstanding teaching, faculty and directing awards, and articles published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Teaching Artist Journal and Current Issues in Education. In the spring of 2013, she was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her book, “Arts Integration in Education: Teachers as Agents of Change,” is scheduled to be published by Intellect Books in 2015.
She holds a Ph.D. in education and a master of arts in theatre from American University and a bachelor of history and theatre from Allegheny College in Meadeville, Pa.
About her appointment to Stephens College, Dr. Mardirosian said, “I look forward to upholding and expanding the Stephens tradition of excellence in the performing arts. The College’s commitment to cutting-edge educational programs resonates deeply for me. I hope to be a catalyst for innovation while always respecting the exceptional foundation of rigorous and deep training in the arts that is a Stephens hallmark.”

The School of Performing Arts, currently ranked 16th in the country by The Princeton Review, is one of five schools at Stephens College. Other schools include Fashion and Design, Humanities and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies and Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication. Founded in 1833, Stephens College has a long history of innovation in women’s education.

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