Megan Kline Crockett Named Head of the Carpenter Center at Long Beach State University
She draws praise for her successes as interim executive director, including expanding partnership programs and inclusive programming
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (Dec. 19) – Long Beach State University and its College of the Arts announced the appointment of Megan Kline Crockett as executive director at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Kline Crockett was selected after a national search for the best candidate to expand the success of the campus’ largest performing arts venue. She has been serving as interim executive director at the Carpenter Center since September 2016.
Kline Crockett “has the qualities of great leadership,” said Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, dean of the College of the Arts.
“She is courageous while remaining humble, cares deeply about individuals while also understanding an organization as a whole, and she is highly committed to engaging the community and the campus through the power of the arts,” Parker-Jeannette said.
Her lifelong appreciation and involvement in the arts has given her a broad yet discerning approach to programming and managing the Carpenter Center. Under her leadership, the Carpenter Center has expanded its partnerships with university departments and programs, including a new Arts for Life series focused on lectures by leading area visual artists presented in cooperation with the School of Art. Next season will include an expanded presence and support for the Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra on the Carpenter Center stage. She is also emphasizing inclusion in the programming by expanding the multicultural and global offerings as a part of the upcoming seasons.
Before taking over the leadership role at the Carpenter Center, Ms. Crockett served for two years as the managing director for CSULB’s California Repertory Company in the department of theatre arts. She began her professional career in New York City, where she worked at International Creative Management and as the administrative director of a high-profile art gallery.
In 2007, she returned to her native California with her husband, Bryan, who was recruited to head the sculpture program at Long Beach State University.
About the campus:Long Beach State University is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. The campus values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.
About the center:The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is a 1,051-seat venue situated on the northeast corner of the Long Beach State University campus. Each season, the Carpenter Center presents a variety of music, dance, family, comedy, spoken word and cabaret events. It is a valuable resource for community events and local arts organizations and is the performance home for Musical Theatre West and a host of area dance and cultural programs.