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June 20, 2024

Dean College to merge two programs into new School of Performing Arts

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Dean College, the Franklin-based private higher educational institution, will create a School of Performing Arts, which will merge the School of the Arts and the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance.

The School of Performing Arts will bring together theater, dance, music, and arts management into one place, according to a press release on Monday from Dean College. The curriculum will focus on collaborative productions, industry internships, master classes, public performances, and capstone projects, allowing students to gain real world experience and learn from industry professionals.  

The school will be led by Interim Dean Jim Beauregard, a 30-year veteran of the Dean faculty who served as associate professor of theater and dance and technical director. Beauregard has directed and choreographed more than 40 plays and been involved in more than 150 theater and dance productions. Beauregard founded the school’s College Summer Theatre program. 

“I am excited to serve as the interim dean of the Schools of Performing Arts at Dean,” Beauregard said in the press release. “This unique convergence of talents is designed to provide a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to performing arts education, offering our students the flexibility to explore and refine their passions with professional rigor.”

Interim Assistant Dean Stephen Tracey-Ursprung will chair the curriculum committee and help Beauregard lead the school. Tracey-Ursprung mentors the Dean College chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and completed a research fellowship at Jacob’s Pillow, a historic center for American modern dance.

The School of Performing Arts joins Dean’s other schools; the School of Liberal Arts, the Dean R. Sanders ‘47 School of Business, and the School of Continuing Studies. 

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