Staff & Advisory Council

Sixto Wang

Sixto Wagan is the inaugural director for the Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston.  Prior to this role, he led the contemporary art center DiverseWorks, serving a multitude of capacities including Artistic Director, Co-Executive Director and Performing Arts Curator. During his tenure, he organized more than one hundred projects and is especially well known for collaborating with performers whose works tackle prescient cultural, social, and political issues. He is a celebrated commissioner and producer of contemporary art works, and has served on the boards of the National Performance Network, The MacDowell Colony and QFest. He currently is a Hub Site for the National Dance Project and on the advisory board for the Texan French Alliance for the Arts.  Mr. Wagan has been part of the Performing Arts Japan Advisory Committee, FUSED (French – US Exchange for Dance), the Contemporary Art Centers consortium and the Performing Americas Project; and has previously served as Dance Down Under Ambassador for the Australian Arts Council and as a primary consultant to Creative Capital.  Wagan has served on a number of granting panels for private foundations, spoken at numerous national conferences, was published as part of Counting Beans: Intrinsic Impact of Art (Theater Bay Area), and has been recognized with two awards in Houston for Dance Presenting. He has recently joined the Houston Arts Alliance Programs & Services Committee as an associate member and the Center for Houston's Future Policy Committee for the 2014 Indicator Report on Arts and Cultural Heritage.

Advisory Council

University of Houston

  • Karen Farber, Executive Director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

  • Jim GranatoProfessor, Political Science & Director, Hobby Center for Public Policy

  • Catherine Horn, Associate Professor & Senior Research Associate - National Center for Student Success, College of Education
  • Jim Johnson, Associate Professor and Head of Performance Area, School of Theater and Dance

  • J Kastely, Associate Professor, Director of Creative Writing Program

  • Rex Koontz, Professor and Director of School of Art

  • Aaron Parazette, Professor of Painting, School of Art

  • Claudia Schmuckli, Director and Chief Curator of Blaffer Art Museum

  • James Thurmond,Director, Master of Public Administration Program


  • Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Ph.D., artist-scholar
  • Patricia Graney, choreographer, community organizer, 2013 Doris Duke Artist
  • Autumn Knight. performance artist and educator, 2013 Galveston Artist Residency recipient
  • Aaron Landsman, playwright, director and educator, ASU Gammage Resident Artist
  • Robert Pruitt, artist and founding member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates

Student Board