Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Director, Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University
Rick Davis is Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts and Executive Director, Hylton Performing Arts Center, at George Mason University, as well as co-Artistic Director of Mason’s resident professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment. At Mason since 1991 and a member of the Provost’s staff since 2007, Rick is chair of the University General Education committee and has led, in concert with the Office of Institutional Assessment, a comprehensive review of the general education program with a focus on articulating and assessing vigorous liberal arts learning outcomes across the curriculum. He is an active director of theater and opera on and off campus, a translator (his volume Calderón de la Barca: Four Great Plays of the Golden Age was published in 2009), and a recent contributor to the Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama and the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Prior to coming to Mason, he worked as Resident Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director of Baltimore’s CenterStage, and taught at Washington College in Maryland. Rick earned a BA from Lawrence University and the MFA and DFA from the Yale School of Drama.