Theater is by definition a complete—hence polymathic—art form and has been so since Ancient Greece. Of all art forms, theater is closest to life itself in that it fuses character, action, and time. As Aristotle once argued, tragic theater has a cathartic effect and comic theater re-stabilizes an uncertain world. Madeline Puzo, Dean of the USC School of Theatre, believes that the world needs more theater if it is to get its act together.
Madeline Puzo has been Dean of the USC School of Theatre since 2002. Before coming to USC, she was a creative producer for some of the country's leading regional theatres, including the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Dean Puzo served as co-director for the theatre portion of the 1984 Olympic International Arts Festival and has been a consultant for the National Endowment of the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, Theatre Communications Group, the Rockefeller and Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundations, and has written for American Theatre magazine.