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Dean of the School of Drama




Jorge Luis Cacheiro has been a leader in the re-imagining of higher ed performing arts training, student industry connections, and program enrollment growth for more than two decades.  

Cacheiro is the founder of Pace University’s School of Performing Arts (now Sands College) and Montclair State University’s New Works Initiative (NWI) - a developmental series for major emerging artists to develop their work with students.  Two-time winner of The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) was NWI’s inaugural guest artist.

At Pace, Cacheiro wrote the first ever university BFA Acting major focused solely on camera and microphone training - Acting for Film, Television, Voice Overs and Commercials (FTVC); a BA aimed at empowering a new generation of diverse and intersectional storytellers – the BA in Writing for Diversity and Equity for Stage and Media; and conceived the “International Performance Ensemble”, a unique BA in Devised Theater with an international travel.  Cacheiro also created bi-coastal and international training opportunities for students launching the BFA Commercial Dance LA Semester, the BFA Acting Los Angeles Intensive, and the BA Director and Actor Barcelona Semester Intensive.

As a theater director, Cacheiro has directed play premieres by such prominent playwrights as Harry Kondoleon, David Lindsay-Abaire, Eduardo Machado, and Luis Santeiro and worked at theaters such as New York Theater Workshop, INTAR, Circle Repertory in New York City, the Magic Theater in San Francisco, and the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles. He’s been a guest director at the O'Neil Theater Conference and the Ojai Playwrights Conferences. His original works have received generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, TCG, the New York State Arts Council, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Goethe House, and the Spanish Embassy, among others.

Mr. Cacheiro has also directed internationally, including being the first Cuban born US theater director invited to lead a Cuban company.  His work in Cuba focuses on creating cultural bridges between the United States and his native country, and in connecting Cuban theater artists with US universities.

Cacheiro is a former Princess Grace Award winner and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.  He is thrilled to join the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts as the Dean of the School of Drama.