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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

From athletics to art: UF Performing Arts welcomes new director

<p>Brian Jose</p>

Brian Jose

Brian Jose wasn’t always expressing his creativity.

Jose, the new director of UF Performing Arts, said he grew up as an athlete and was never given the opportunity to explore his interest in the arts.

"I didn’t grow up in that environment, so I’m committed to ensuring that university students have the opportunity to test their creativity and develop their creativity," he said.

He will begin his duties as the new UF Performing Arts’ director Nov. 12, a position previously held by Michael Blachly.

Veronica Mingrone, an administrative intern at UFPA, said Blachly was very loved.

"I think Michael will be really missed," said Mingrone, a 21-year-old UF public relations senior. "I don’t think there is a question about that, but I’m so excited to have new leadership in UFPA."

During Blachly’s 15 years at UFPA, the performing arts program became internationally known.

Jose said he plans to engage UF students in performing arts during his time as director.

Jose is currently the executive director of fine arts programming at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

He said he’s looking forward to becoming part of UF’s highly regarded performing arts program.

"I have a great interest in engaging students in creativity," he said. "It’s one of the things that’s most important to me."

Elizabeth Auer, the interim director of UFPA, said Jose is a team player, and the staff is excited to work with him.

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"He’s great," she said. "He’s open to new ideas, and that’s very much appreciated."

Auer, who will return to her position as assistant director once Jose comes to UF, said Jose should have no problem filling Blachly’s shoes.

"They’re actually very complementary to one another," she said. "I think people will be pleasantly surprised. I think they’ll see some new flourishes put on with this season with things that Brian chooses to do."

Brian Jose

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