About The Dean
Teri Schwartz is the Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), where she has launched an exciting new vision and long-range strategic plan that re-imagines entertainment and performing arts education as an interdisciplinary enterprise grounded in humanistic storytelling, social impact, technology and innovation and global diversity.
Appointed in July 2009, and in collaboration with students, faculty, staff and key stakeholders, Dean Schwartz has put her unique vision into action through new innovative interdisciplinary programs, initiatives and curricula that tear down the silos across disciplines to bring film, theater, television, digital media and animation into a collaborative new direction for the 21st century.
Under Dean Schwartz’ leadership, UCLA TFT is cultivating important industry partnerships and alliances with major film studios, television broadcast and cable networks, and digital streaming services; strengthening and energizing the School's highly successful alumni network and Executive Board; fostering key initiatives for social impact with industry alliances; launching new cutting-edge research programs at the intersection of story, performance and digital platforms with partners such as Cirque du Soleil, YouTube and Google; helping to recruit outstanding, diverse new faculty for UCLA TFT’s Film/TV/Digital Media and Theater departments; and nurturing exceptional student talent to be the leaders, storytellers and scholars of the future who will use the power of their stories, performances and research to make a difference in the world.
Dean Schwartz has launched a program for new full-ride and partial-ride scholarships to give access and opportunity to the most talented and diverse array of students from around the world; has secured important paid fellowships, key internships, and new mentoring and festival strategy programs for all UCLA TFT students. She has launched the new Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment made possible by a $10 million donor gift in support of the power of entertainment and performing arts to inspire social change. Dean Schwartz is leading the first-ever major endowment and capital campaigns for UCLA TFT to ensure its long-range pre-eminence and leadership across the entertainment and performing arts educational landscape under the banner: Creating What’s Next.
Prior to joining UCLA TFT, Dean Schwartz successfully served from 2003 to 2009 as the founding dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in Los Angeles.
Dean Schwartz loves to create and build and is very skilled at getting things done. Her dedication to excellence is tireless and her accomplishments span an illustrious career. An award-winning feature film producer, Schwartz’ films, which include Beaches and Sister Act, have garnered nominations for Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, MTV and CLIO awards. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and its Foundation Board of Directors, the Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors and the Hawn Foundation Board of Directors. She also serves on the Savannah Film Festival Advisory Board, the Los Angeles Theater Alliance Board of Governors, the Governing Council of the Los Angeles-India Film Council and the Board of Trustees of the Swarovski Foundation.
Dean Schwartz has served on numerous panels and festival juries including the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Book to Screen, Variety’s The Future of Digital Media Summit, the Monte Carlo International Television Festival, and Summit At Sea conference. She has been a keynote speaker at the Skoll World Forum, Oxford, UK; the FICCI Frames International Media Conference, Mumbai, India; and the Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, among others.
Recently, Dean Schwartz received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Feature Film Producing from CAY/FILM; the 2013 American Spirit Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors for her Special Achievement in Educating New Filmmakers; and in 2012, she was honored as Variety’s 2012 Media Mentor of the Year.
A native of Los Angeles, Dean Schwartz graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in English Literature from UCLA, 1971, and received her M.A. in Film from the University of London, 1973.
Dean Schwartz is an optimistic, imaginative and dynamic leader who passionately believes in the power of entertainment and performing arts education to nurture and develop remarkable new artists and scholars who will use their stories, their performances, their research and their future successes to enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Dean Schwartz has dedicated this chapter of her life to this goal and considers it a privilege and honor to do so. She is proud to be an alumna of UCLA and inspired to serve in her role as Dean of UCLA TFT.