Carnegie Mellon University

Kathryn Heidemann

Kathryn Heidemann

Assistant Dean, College of Fine Arts and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy; Director, Master of Arts Management Program

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Kathryn Heidemann is a senior arts management professional, artist and educator, currently serving as assistant dean at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Through her role, she oversees academic and curricular affairs, strategic initiatives, and external relations for the arts and entertainment management graduate programs (Pittsburgh & Los Angeles) and its affiliate laboratories and centers, as well as the joint degree programs with University of Bologna and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Heidemann brings two decades of professional arts management experience to her position, having served in leadership roles in artistic programming and operations, external relations and education and community engagement for a variety of cultural organizations including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Chicago Academy for the Arts, to name a few. An active community leader, Heidemann also serves as an art commissioner to the City of Pittsburgh (appointment by Mayor Bill Peduto) as well as on the board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

Heidemann holds a master of arts management (MAM) degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College, Chicago, where she studied performing arts management and dance. As an active musician, she can also be found on stage across town playing bass guitar with various musical projects.