Kristin Sosnowsky Appointed as Interim Dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts

Kristin Sosnowsky12/18/2020
BATON ROUGE – LSU has appointed Kristin Sosnowsky as interim dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts. This decision comes after the announcement that Dean Todd Queen has accepted the position of dean of the School of Music at Florida State University.

Sosnowsky, executive associate dean and chair of the School of Theatre, has been at LSU since 2001. She has produced over 50 major professional productions during her time at LSU, and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre Commission on Accreditation. She also serves on the Board of the University Resident Theatre Association and is co-director of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Leadership Institute.

“I am looking forward to working with Kristin in her new role as interim dean,” said Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie. “It was clear from the number of nominations and accompanying comments that her colleagues hold her in high regard.  Her administrative experience at LSU makes her the ideal candidate to lead the college during this period of transition. I am confident that the college will be in good hands while we perform a national search for the next dean.”

Sosnowsky’s professional experience includes serving as managing director and producer of Swine Palace, LSU’s affiliate Equity theatre. Swine Palace provides a unique opportunity for LSU theatre students to work with experienced professionals, a privilege similarly offered in select few programs across the country. In addition, she serves as chair of the University’s Associate Deans Advisory Council, and in 2015, she served as the interim executive director of the LSU Museum of Art.

“It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts as we navigate these unprecedented times,” said Sosnowsky. “I look forward to continuing the work towards our goal of providing an equitable educational environment for training the future generation of artists, scholars and educators in the performing and creative arts.”

In 2012, Sosnowsky was awarded the Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award, which is awarded annually to an LSU associate professor in recognition of their service to the community through their demonstrated commitment to peace, equality, and social justice. Sosnowsky was also awarded an LSU Rainmaker award in 2008, and a Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007.

Sosnowsky holds an MFA in theatre management from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in communication from the University of Delaware.


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