Dr. Ira Levine
A theatre scholar with a professional background in theatre directing and performing arts management, Ira Levine has developed numerous undergraduate and graduate programs for the University, including the School of Performance’s BFA programs and the University’s first master’s and Ph.D. program (in Communication and Culture). In recent years he conceived, developed and launched the University’s newest professional school – the School of Creative Industries – and served as the founding Chair of that School until 2016. In recognition of his contributions to the city’s creative industries, Toronto City Council appointed him to the Board of Civic Theatres Toronto (now TO Live).
Dr. Levine was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University in July 1995 and was re-appointed for a second five-year term in 2000. In this capacity he was responsible for professional programs enrolling 4,000 students in Theatre (Acting/Production), Dance, Image Arts (Film/Photography/New Media), Radio and Television Arts, Journalism, Fashion, Interior Design, Graphic Communications Management and Professional Communication.
In 2001 he secured a $10 million gift to establish the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Graduate School for Advanced Communication for which he led the development of six new graduate programs, including a unique international Master's program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management in partnership with the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y. In 2004 he acquired through anonymous donation the 300,000-print Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection plus a $7 million cash endowment. This renowned collection is the largest gift of cultural property ever made to a Canadian university.
Dr. Levine came to Ryerson as Chair of the University's Theatre School with a background that encompassed the management of both theatre and dance companies. He has served on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council, the Desrosiers Dance Theatre and the Ontario Cultural Sector Human Resources Council. He is a past Chair of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans, a member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and a founding executive board member of the Canadian Media Research Consortium.
Dr. Levine has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in European Intellectual History from the University of Rochester and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the University of Toronto. His publications include studies of American and Canadian theatre and cultural entrepreneurship education.