Ruth Reveal named Muse Machine executive director


DAYTON — Effective July 11, Ruth Reveal assumed the role of Muse Machine Executive Director, succeeding Mary Campbell Zopf who retired after eight years in the position.

Reveal graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience and music from Agnes Scott College and earned her Master of Science with distinction in music, mind and brain from Goldsmiths, University of London. Reveal most recently served for five years as director of education and then chief learning officer of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA).

While at DPAA, Reveal oversaw day-to-day management of arts education programs that reached up to 75,000 students and teachers in over 150 schools each year. She led an El Sistema-inspired after school orchestra program, field trip and in-school programming, youth orchestras, and artist residencies. Reveal increased accessibility of DPAA’s learning programs by developing sensory-friendly programming for people with disabilities, and she formed community partnerships to support the inclusion of historically underrepresented students and families. Reveal developed an online platform for the distribution of curriculum-connected videos and lessons to provide teachers, parents, and students with continuity in arts education during remote learning.

Reveal’s experiences as a science teacher and department chair in Chicago Public Schools informs her commitment to student-centered planning and evaluation. Her academic background in music cognition make her a passionate advocate of arts education that is accessible to all children.

As board chair and lead of the search committee, consisting of five Muse Machine current and former board trustees, Ira H. Thomsen notes that, “Ruth impressed our committee with her experience in arts education, a critical element for this organization’s leadership. We believe that Ruth has the heart, mind and spirit to assume the executive director role of Muse and will continue to fulfill its mission ‘to change the lives of young people through the arts.’ Her background and experience in education and arts programming are a necessary and powerful combination that bode well for Muse Machine for years to come. We are pleased to welcome Ruth to Muse Machine as an alumna of its student programs and now its new executive director.”

Born in Dayton, Reveal is a graduate of Oakwood High School and participated in Muse Machine and the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as a student. She is a harpist, classically trained singer, and life-long lover of and advocate for the performing arts. Reveal’s early experiences with Muse Machine ultimately led her to pursue a career in arts administration.

“I feel very grateful to be invited to lead an organization that has, over the past 40 years, played an essential role in the Dayton arts community. My own participation in Muse Machine was transformative, and I know so many other students and teachers who feel the same,” says Reveal.

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