Announcing the appointments of full-time professors – Wendy Goldberg, Joel Christian Gill (CFA’04), Ashleigh Reade
Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) announces faculty appointments and promotions for the 2022-2023 academic year. A leading director in the country, Wendy Goldberg has been appointed a Full Professor in Directing at the CFA School of Theatre. Goldberg, who also serves as the Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, will lead BU’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Directing program. Award-winning cartoonist and historian Joel Christian Gill (CFA’04) begins his appointment this fall as the Inaugural Chair of BU’s all-new MFA in Visual Narrative program and Associate Professor of Art in the CFA School of Visual Arts. Also joining the CFA faculty is interdisciplinary theater educator and performer Ashleigh Reade as Assistant Professor in Voice and Speech in the CFA School of Theatre.
Interdisciplinary theater educator and performer specializing in voice, speech, text, and accent work, Ashleigh Reade brings an extensive portfolio to BU with years of working in academia and professional acting experience.
“Joining the BU School of Theatre is, quite honestly, a dream come true! From my very first interactions with students and faculty, I knew this was where I wanted to teach. I’m honored to join a community of creative and progressive artists and teachers, and to continue building a truly inclusive pedagogy in voice and speech training,” Reade says.
Prior to joining the faculty at the CFA School of Theatre, Reade was an Assistant Professor of Theater at the Boston Conservatory, where she taught Fitzmaurice Voicework and Knight-Thompson Speech work. She also designed and taught the Vocal Production course for Harvard Summer School and Harvard Extension School, and served on the theater faculties of Dean College, Salem State University, and Bunker Hill Community College.
Reade has taught masterclasses for Loyola Marymount, CCM, Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, Broadway Artist’s Alliance, Lyric Stage, and The Moscow Art Theater School. Coaching credits include Intimate Apparel (Brandeis), Witness: Uganda (ART, asst.), The Light Princess (ART), as well as multiple productions with the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. A presenter at VASTA and ATHE, Reade’s research focuses on an anti-oppressive vocal pedagogy that centers application, acting to voice connection, and the actor’s lived experience as the fuel for dynamic vocal variety.
Prior to her teaching transition, Reade was a professional actor, beginning her career on the National Tour of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s STATE FAIR. Other credits include Sacramento Music Circus, Papermill Playhouse, Surflight Theater, Seven Angels Theater, and West Virginia Public Theater. Reade has also originated lead roles in four new musicals, performing at the Producer’s Club, Ars Nova, and The York. In 2020, Reade and her partner started indie-rock band Your Local Dance Hall.
Reade is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voiceworktm and is pursuing certification in Knight-Thompson Speech work. She has received two Dean’s Commendation Awards from Harvard Extension School, and ten Certificates of Teaching Excellence from the Derek Bok Center at Harvard University. She received her BFA from Boston Conservatory, an MFA from Harvard University and holds a M.X.A.T., Certificate in Classical Acting, LAMDA.
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Additional CFA full-time faculty hired as lecturers include: School of Visual Arts – Fox Hysen, Lecturer, Painting; School of Music – Jacqueline Smith, Lecturer, Music Education; School of Theatre – Haydee Zelideth, Lecturer, Costume Design; and Aja Jackson, Lecturer, Lighting Design (previously part-time faculty).
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 34,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Learn more at bu.edu.
Established in 1954, Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is a community of artist-scholars and scholar-artists who are passionate about the fine and performing arts, committed to diversity and inclusion, and determined to improve the lives of others through art. With programs in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, CFA prepares students for a meaningful creative life by developing their intellectual capacity to create art, shift perspective, think broadly, and master relevant skills. CFA offers a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, as well as a range of online degrees and certificates. Learn more at bu.edu/cfa.
The School of Theatre at Boston University College of Fine Arts offers conservatory-style education for the study of acting, stage management, design, production, and all aspects of the theatre profession within the setting of a major research university. The School of Theatre seeks to provide students with opportunities for artistic growth through a rigorous curriculum, professional connections, and an emphasis on collaboration and new work.
Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts prepares students to think seriously, to see critically, to make intensely, and to act with creative agency in the contemporary world. The School of Visual Arts merges the intensive studio education of an art school with the opportunities of a large urban university, and is committed to educating the eye, hand, and mind of the artist. With rigorous graduate and undergraduate fine art programs that are rooted in studio practice, CFA School of Visual Arts provides highly motivated students with programs in the bedrock disciplines of the fine arts coupled with a vast array of electives and liberal arts opportunities.