Kim Wheetley has retired as Executive Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and the Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education, concluding 25 years at SCEA and 45 years in theatre and arts education. He has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from Schiller College in Berlin, Germany. He has taught at high schools in Santa Maria, CA; Killeen, TX; and the International School in Bangkok, Thailand. From 1977-87, he was the theatre specialist at the Texas Education Agency.
He has been a consultant for state and national organizations, and authored numerous arts education framework documents and units of study. Kim was a member of the national writing teams for the American Theatre Association’s Model Drama/Theatre Curriculum, National Standards for Theatre Education, and INTASC Model Standards for Licensing Classroom Teachers and Specialists in the Arts. He wrote a framework for teaching about television for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He co-chaired the national steering committee of the Annenberg/Getty Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge research project. Kim collaborated with Levine Production Group in New York City developing three professional development video series on arts education commissioned by the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He recently served on the College Board's National Task Force on the Arts in Education.
The Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People International selected Kim to lead their first delegation of American theatre educators on a cultural visit to the People’s Republic of China in 1993. He is a past president of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and a recipient of their Alliance Award. He received the Children’s Theatre Foundation medallion recognizing the innovative work of the Southeast Center. Kim has served TETA as a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Secondary School Theatre Section, Chair of the Creative Drama Network, Vice-President for Convention Programming, and President, and is a proud recipient of the Founder’s Award. In January 2012, Kim receive the Emeritus Award from the Texas Educational Theatre Association for “years of dedication and service to theatre education in Texas”.