Meet the Associate Dean
Dr. Sabine Macris Klein has been appointed as Associate Dean of the School of Education, Art, Communication and Humanities. Dr. Klein has been teaching in the English Department and the Theatre Arts Program at Westfield State University since 2004. For the past 7 years, she has served as the Coordinator of the Theatre Arts Program and taught courses focused on drama and theatre history. She directs plays and musicals on campus and helps produce and organize the stage performances of the Theatre Arts Program.
Dr. Klein earned her PhD in Theatre from The City University of New York Graduate School and University Center. Dr. Klein spent a year of her doctoral studies at the Graduate Program in Theatre at the University of Mainz, Germany. Her research interests have centered around the working conditions of women in German theatre history of both the early 20th century and the 18th century. Her work about early images of America and Americans in German drama appears as a chapter in The American as Foreigner on Stage: Portraits of the United States in International Drama. Dr. Klein has presented about the theatre work of eighteenth-century German actress-manager Caroline Neuber at numerous conferences, including the German Studies Association, the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, New England Theatre Conference, Northeast Modern Language Association, and the American Society for Theatre Research.
Dr. Klein served two terms as President of the Board for the New England Theatre Conference between 2011 and 2017 and served as Chair of the College and University Division of the board from 2007-2009. In these roles, she helped oversee the publication of The New England Theatre Journal, planned annual conventions and scholarly panels, and helped oversee board development, elections, and by-laws revisions. Dr. Klein has served on several Westfield State University committees including the Special Committee on University Planning, the Long-Range Planning Committee, the Promotion Committee, and the Honors Advisory Committee.