Interim Dean Henry Grillo has four decades of experience in teaching and in higher education administration. In the School of Filmmaking, he has initiated new graduate programs, including a collaborative gaming program with North Carolina State University; created the Interdisciplinary Film Production program for students who pursue degrees outside the school’s eight established concentrations; and provided infrastructure for a 42 percent increase in enrollment over a decade.
Prior to joining the Film School, he taught for 25 years in the School of Design and Production, where he also served as Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs.
I do not give in to the temptation to teach students a trade. I push them into becoming thinkers and creative problem solvers, helping them remain true to their calling as artists with voices and the abilities to tell their stories.
- Has taught production and design courses at Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Evansville and UNCSA
- Technical, set, lighting and sound design for hundreds of productions in university settings, professional companies, film and television
- Served as Director of the Graduate Program for the School of Design & Production (UNCSA), overseeing the grown in programs from four disciplines to ten.
- First UNCSA Administrative Fellow and first Director of Faculty Enrichment Center at UNCSA.
- First Associate Dean on the UNCSA campus, in the School of Filmmaking.
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- Recipient of a UNCSA Award for Teaching Excellence
- Recipient of a UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence
- Member, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
- Member, United States Institute for Theater Technology
- Professional Member (educator), American Institute of Steel Construction
M.F.A. Theatrical ProductionCarnegie Mellon University
B.A. Music Theory and CompositionCornell University