Kim Alan Wheetley

Man in beige jacket and shirt
B.F.A. in Drama Education

Favorite Memory of T&D:

The summer theatre workshops directed by Lynn Murray for high school drama students.

Influential Professors or Classes:

Loren Winship, James Moll, David Nancarrow, Paul Reinhardt

Currently Living In:

Chattanooga, Tennessee


Executive Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he holds the Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education.


Kim has taught theatre at high schools in Santa Maria, California and Kileen, Texas, and at the International School in Bangkok, Thailand. He received an M.A. from Schiller College in Berlin, Germany in 1974, and taught drama education at UT-Austin in 1975-76. He was the theatre consultant at the Texas Education Agency from 1978-88.

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 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.

The Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People International selected Kim to lead their first delegation of theatre educators on a cultural visit to the People's Republic of China. He collaborated with Levine Production Group in New York City for six years developing three professional development video series on arts education commissioned by the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting - The Arts in Every Classroom, Connecting with the Arts, and The Art of Teaching the Arts. Kim is a past president of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He recently served on the College Board's National Task Force on the Arts in Education.