Kate Dumbleton (MA 2008)

Arts Administration and Policy
Kate Dumbleton


Kate Dumbleton is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the MA program in Arts Administration and Policy. Dumbleton joined the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and SAIC in fall 2012 from the position of Executive Director of the critically acclaimed Chicago Jazz Ensemble, resident at Columbia College since 1965. Her work in jazz, improvised music, and performance spans nearly two decades.

Dumbleton's experience includes music direction for jazz clubs and festivals; curatorial direction of artist residencies; direction of interdisciplinary projects in music, dance, theater, visual art, film; venue and record label management; administrative direction; and artist management. She owned and operated a successful performance, exhibition space/wine bar in the Bay Area from 2000-2006. Dumbleton's current affiliations include the Advisory Council for the Chicago Artists Resource and ChicagoMusic.org; Board of Directors for the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS); Board of Directors for Rova Arts (SF); Artistic Direction Advisory Council, Yerba Buena Garden Festival (SF); Leadership Team for Red Poppy Art House (SF).

BA, 1989, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; MA, 2008, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Concurrent Positions: Chicago Composers Forum; MSJO Jazz Organization; Noir Records. Productions/Recordings: Productions: Rovate '04, Mirror Ball '05, Glass Head '06; Fixtures and Fissures '09. Recordings: The Sophisticate, Port Chicago,Harriet Tubman. Music Curator/Consultant: Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; Cafe Royale, San Francisco; Bruno's Jazz Club, San Francisco.

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