Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Rebecca Cruse

Deputy Director of South Dakota Arts Council

Deputy Director
South Dakota Arts Council
Dolly Reed Plaza
711 E. Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
T: (605)-773-3301

Rebecca Cruse is the Deputy Director at the South Dakota Arts Council, where she has served as the director of arts education programming, communications, and accessibility programming since 2009. Through her position with the Arts Council, she also works with the South Dakota Alliance for Arts Education Advisory Council and the Community Arts Network, both advisory boards to South Dakotans for the Arts. Rebecca is currently serving as the Midwest representative to the Arts Education Working Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, which designs and directs the annual professional development institute for arts education managers. Rebecca spent several years working in the professional theatre industry in all areas of theatre. She worked with professional and amateur theaters in Minneapolis, South Dakota’s Prairie Repertory Theatre, and several other small touring and repertory theaters throughout the U.S. During her theatre work, she had the opportunity to tour Italy and Mexico, and teach creative drama courses for children and adults. Cruse holds degrees in theater, creative writing and Spanish and her MFA in playwriting. She is currently working toward a doctoral degree in public policy.