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June 28, 2012/For Immediate Release / High-res photo available
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – Chancellor John Mauceri of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has announced that Dean Wilcox will become the next dean of the Division of Liberal Arts.

The appointment, which is effective July 1, was made after an extensive national search.

“Dean of Liberal Arts is a key position at the School of the Arts,” said UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri. “The founders of this school knew that it was necessary to provide a supporting curriculum of academic study to ensure the broader education of the artist.

“We are not only training artists, but the whole person. And Dean Wilcox understands and embraces this challenge,” Mauceri added.

Wilcox joined the Liberal Arts (formerly Undergraduate Academic Program and University Programs) faculty in 1999. He served as assistant dean of Liberal Arts from 2006 to the summer of 2011, when he was named interim dean of Liberal Arts following the retirement of veteran Dean Richard “Rick” Miller.

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Provost David Nelson, in announcing the appointment to the campus community, said, “Please join me in thanking Dean for providing leadership to us through this transitional period, and in offering congratulations to Dean in his new role.”

Dean Wilcox said: “We train students capable of creating works of art from the ground up, but also as interpreters who need exposure to a wide range of material and information to sustain a life-long career in the arts.

“With a focus on dissecting texts, problem solving, scientific reasoning, history, media, culture, language, and aesthetics, the Liberal Arts curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking and analytical skills that will serve our students long after they have graduated,” Wilcox concluded.

In addition to teaching Dramatic Literature at UNCSA, Wilcox also offers such classes as Chaos Theory and The Arts, The Aesthetics of Dissonance, Postdramatic Theatre, and Generative Art (team taught with Bob King).


Dean Wilcox has a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Washington, an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University).

In addition to UNCSA, he has taught at The University of Washington, The University of California - San Diego, Cornell University, and Texas Tech University.

Wilcox has worked as a lighting designer at UNCSA, Twin City Stage, Theatre Alliance, Piedmont Opera, Wake Forest University Theatre, Dartmouth College, Texas Tech University Theatre (where he also directed a multimedia production of Vinegar Tom), The Bathhouse Theatre in Seattle, Cornell University, Stagewest in Springfield (Mass.), and Highlands Playhouse.

He has published articles and book reviews in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Research International, and Modern Drama on such topics as: Josef Svoboda’s multimedia design for Intolleranza, the convergence of chaos theory and performance, ambient space in 20th-century theatre, and the intersection of creativity and theatre criticism.

Wilcox has worked as a dramaturg at The University of Washington and at UNCSA on The Goodperson of Setzuan, Man and Superman, Waiting for Godot, Hogan's Goat, and Three Sisters, and as an adviser and collaborator on Gerald Freedman’s 2009 production of Saint Joan.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.