Rachel Fine, executive director and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis), has been named executive director of the Yale Schwarzman Center (YSC), Yale University’s first-ever center for student life and the arts.
The Yale Schwarzman Center, which opened in September 2021, is dedicated to cultural programming and student life at the heart of the university. Its artistic, student life, and dining opportunities have played a major role in re-establishing a sense of community for returning students, faculty, and guests alike.
Fine will begin her new role at Yale in October.
She joined The Wallis in its first 18 months of business, following a 19-year capital campaign and construction project to convert the historic Beverly Hills post office into a vibrant cultural center and arts campus. entertainment for Southern California. Along with the board and administrative team, she created The Wallis, which serves Los Angeles County and Southern California, as a major player and leading cultural organization in the burgeoning arts scene. rise of Los Angeles; demonstrated dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion and access; builds dynamic artistic partnerships and projects between cultural organizations in The Wallis and Los Angeles; launched and implemented a $55 million campaign, which more than doubled the organization’s endowment and established a healthy cash reserve in the first year of the campaign; and successfully led and managed The Wallis during the pandemic.
Fine, who is also a concert pianist, attended the Music Academy of the West and the Eastman School of Music. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and recently received the Distinguished Alumna Award from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Further studies took her to Yale, where she studied musicology, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where she was an arts management fellow.
“Rachel Fine’s creative vision for the role of the arts in the community makes her the ideal Executive Director for SJC,” said Pericles Lewis, Dean of Yale College, who chairs the SJC Program Committee. “We are thrilled to welcome him back to Yale.”
Prior to her tenure at The Wallis, Fine was Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2010-2015) and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (2007-2010). In 2009, she founded and built the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ Young Men’s Ensemble, a rare boys’ choir with changing voices, which has toured the United States, Canada, Cuba, the Vatican and Mexico City.
With the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fine presented and produced “Play Me, I’m Yours,” a citywide piano installation and community art project. She also conceived and produced Strad Fest, a week-long international Stradivarius violin festival. Additionally, Fine has held leadership positions at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and The Juilliard School, among others.
“I am delighted to welcome Rachel Fine to Yale at this exciting time for the Schwarzman Center,” said Yale President Peter Salovey. “Rachel’s outstanding leadership record places her at the forefront of her field. His experiences and boundless enthusiasm for the arts will enrich this crossroads of student and university life. As Rachel prepares for her new role, I extend my thanks to Laura Paul, Interim Chief Executive Officer, and Garth Ross, Founding Chief Executive Officer, for their inspired stewardship of the center, and to the members of the Research Advisory Board for contributing to this superb selection. .”
Located in the heart of the Yale campus, the Yale Schwarzman Center has become a world-class center for student life and the arts. This was made possible by a $150 million gift from Yale alumnus and former Kennedy Center President Stephen A. Schwarzman ’69, which enabled a major renovation of the historic Commons and Memorial Hall.
“Rachel is a proven leader who knows how to bring a cultural and performing arts center to life for the benefit of the community,” Schwarzman said. “His talents and experience will help make YSC a vital hub for Yale students to engage with each other and with the rest of the world.”
Says Fine, “The prospect of helping define the Yale Schwarzman Center’s early curriculum while establishing it as a premier performing arts outreach organization is extremely exciting. The fact that YSC also serves as a unifying artistic resource for the Yale community is very appealing. As the new Executive Director of the center, I look forward to combining my experience in leading multi-faceted professional arts organizations with my experience in education, education and improving the lives of students through the through the performing arts.
Michael A. Nemeroff, Chairman of The Wallis Board of Directors, praised Fine’s dedication and contributions to The Wallis. “She is passionate about the arts, works hard to build a team and talents and has led The Wallis to great heights,” he said. “The Yale Schwarzman Center is becoming a world-class leader in the performing arts.”
Fine is married to Christopher Hawthorne, Design Director for the City of Los Angeles and former architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times. Hawthorne will teach courses in journalism, criticism, and urban design at Yale College and the Yale School of Architecture. Fine and Hawthorne have two daughters.