Jayme Klinger Host became the third director of the School of Theatre and Dance on July 1.
She joins the college family with 22 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as full professor and program head at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.
A champion of arts integration, she served as a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and worked with the Maryland State Board of Education.
As a teaching artist, Host served in multiple residencies with the Maryland Artist Teacher Institute, the Prince George’s County Artist Teacher Institute, the 21st Century Teaching Institute and the Global Arts Integration Network.
She taught in residence at the Riverside International School in Prague, Czech Republic in 2016 and was invited for a return engagement as their dance scholar-in-residence.
As a choreographer, she set work on the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the Momentum Dance Company from Panama. The University of Maryland-College Park commissioned her piece, “The Decadent Ball,” which was selected for performance on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
In addition to a national and international presence as an educator, performer and choreographer, Host is an advocate for student success and has extensive experience in accreditation, fiscal sustainability, and facilities and production management.