Robert Ramirez has been named the brand new head of the Carnegie Mellon College College of Drama, efficient Aug. 1. Ramirez joins CMU from the Division of Theatre and Dance on the College of Texas at Austin (UT), the place he served as professor and chair.
Ramirez joined UT in 2014 as affiliate professor and head of performing. He later was named professor of performing and, in 2016, turned head of the Efficiency Division. He was named senior affiliate chair and Interim chair of the Division of Theatre and Dance previous to his appointment as division chair in March 2020. Throughout his tenure as chair, Ramirez introduced his in depth skilled profession expertise to bear, so as to profit the scholar expertise, in addition to profit the roles of school and employees within the division. He labored to rework hiring practices at UT, ensuing within the addition off 5 full-time tenure-track school members of shade within the final two years. He additionally created the position of a division intimacy director, who addresses manufacturing wants, in addition to curricular and pedagogical imperatives.
Previous to his roles at UT, Ramirez was on the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serving as an affiliate professor of performing, voice, speech and dialects. He additionally was an adjunct professor of voice and speech for the stage at Marymount Manhattan School in New York Metropolis; he served in an identical position on the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York Metropolis.
Ramirez has lengthy been part of the skilled theater business as properly. He has labored as an expert voice artist; voice, textual content and performing coach; director and actor. His analysis pursuits lie within the areas of Shakespeare and classical theater, up to date performing 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 School and earned his MFA on the College of Delaware's Skilled Theatre Coaching Program.
“I've admired Robert's management for years and couldn't be extra delighted that he shall be becoming a member of us at CMU. I am completely satisfied that he's the proper particular person to take the College of Drama ahead, in group and on this actual second,” mentioned Mary Ellen Poole, dean of the School of Tremendous Arts.
A robust believer in giving again, Ramirez intends to proceed his service to the group, the college, the occupation and, most significantly, the College of Drama at Carnegie Mellon. All through his profession, he has prolonged his attain as an instructional and theater skilled to assist elevate consciousness of the facility of the humanities. That won't change upon his arrival in Pittsburgh, he mentioned.
“I'm, certainly, honored to affix the College of Drama at Carnegie Mellon,” he mentioned. “This is a chance to construct upon the strong fame and basis that exist right here amongst each self-discipline that contributes to the theater-making course of and efficiency business.”
Dean Poole additionally recommended the search committee members who assisted in bringing Ramirez on board.
“All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the tireless search advisory committee co-chaired by Sartje Pickett and Tomé Cousin and assisted by a workforce from Isaacson Miller in addition to Amy Kapp,” she mentioned. “Members had been Carolyn Hess Abraham, Mindy Eshelman, Kyle Haden, Rob Handel, Cindy Limauro, Mica Harrison Loosemore, Britton Mauk, Catherine Moore, Susan Tsu, Miso Wei, Kim Weild and Charlie White.”