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Teri Schwartz

Dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television


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 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.
Schwartz is an award-winning feature film producer, whose many films garnered nominations for Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy and MTV awards. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America; Directors Guild of America; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and serves on the Television Academy Foundation’s Board of Directors; The NAACP Entertainment Industry Advisory Board; The Hawn Foundation Board of Directors; the Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors; the UCLA TFT/UCA Storytelling Institute in Cannes 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 SwarovskiFoundation. Dean Schwartz was just appointed by the UC Board of Regents to the California State Summer School for the Arts Board of Trustees. Schwartz is the 2015 recipient of the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Producing. In 2013, she received the American Spirit Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors for her Special Achievement in Educating New Filmmakers and was Variety’s 2012 Media Mentor of the Year.
In addition to new programs, initiatives and scholarships for diversity and humanistic storytelling, Schwartz created with benefactor Jeff Skoll the new Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA TFT. Skoll made a $10m gift to UCLA TFT to launch the first center of its kind to focus on the power of entertainment and performing arts to drive social change.