Kate Dumbleton

Associate Professor, Arts Administration and Policy

Kate Dumbleton has been teaching at SAIC since 2012. She took her sabbatical during the 2021 Academic Year.

Kate Dumbleton is a Chicago-based curator and arts administrator whose work focuses on jazz, improvised music, and performance. Throughout her career, Dumbleton has worked with record labels, managed jazz artists, programmed jazz clubs and festivals, curated artist residencies, and directed interdisciplinary projects in music, dance, theater, visual art, and film. Her projects and research interests involve improvisation studies, Black experimental music, cross-sectoral collaboration, and artist-driven production networks.

Alongside her faculty position at SAIC, Dumbleton is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, as well as owning and operating a performance and exhibition space/wine bar in the Bay Area from 2000 to 2006.


2008 MA Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1989 BA History, Cum Laude, Hamilton College

Notable Classes Taught:

Developing a Social Practice: Theory to Action
Management Studio I & II
The Practice of Improvisation
Thesis II