Pace University (Pace) has selected Jesse Carlo as Program Head of Musical Theater, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on May 15, 2022.
Dr. Carlo is an established and avid musical theater practitioner, bringing his in-depth experience and knowledge of arts programs in academic institutions to Pace University. He facilitated the undergraduate curriculum for performing arts studies in acting, musical theater, and theater studies at Columbia College Chicago for a year with an emphasis in revising courses that decentralized whiteness and Eurocentric practices. Prior, he spearheaded Miami Dade College for six years as an Assistant Professor of Arts & Humanities. Looked to as a trusted professor by the diverse student body, Dr. Carlo was a meaningful presence in leading college-wide initiatives and was awarded tenure in 2018 for his achievements within the department
Dr. Carlo also provides guidance for studios, theater, and performing art venues as a part-time consultant for the Independent Theatrical Consultants. He has served as the Creative Director of Programs & Community Engagement at international arts organization, Creative Learning Institute. Dr. Carlo’s musical practice work experience can be recently traced to the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, where he worked as a Workshop Director and Choreographer. Dr. Carlo holds a bachelor of arts degree in performing arts & musical theater from the University of Tampa, a master of education degree in interdisciplinary arts from Nova Southern University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in interdisciplinary studies, humanities, and culture, social justice and social change, and theater and performance studies from Union Institute and University.
“I am excited to join the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Pace University. The students and faculty are among the nation's most talented,” said Carlo. “I am most excited because I get to join this community at a time in history where we are situated to positively and permanently effectuate the way we train, produce, and practice theatre as it pertains to Antiracist and DEI practices. As a Queer, Latine theatre artist, scholar, maker, and educator whose work centralizes Antiracism and DEI, I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and students on being a model for equitable practices in theatre. I am so grateful to ACG for their personal and professional care throughout this exciting process.”
“ACG was honored to help lead the search process for Pace University’s next Head of Musical Theater and are delighted to have Jesse Carlo in this role,” said ACG Senior Advisor Jane Hsu. “The compassion, empathy, and respect Dr. Carlo carries as a leader will undoubtedly spur the spirits of the students and faculty at Pace.”