Dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Stuart Flack is Dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
Flack is a playwright, producer, social entrepreneur & policy researcher based in Chicago. Over the past three decades, he has held a range of senior roles spanning the non-profit, private, and public sectors. He was the executive director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, a year-round series of 150 lectures, panels, exhibits and performances presented in partnership with leading arts, cultural, and educational institutions. He served as chief executive officer of BestMatch, a higher-education technology start-up, and was a longtime partner at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Most recently, he was a senior fellow at the Invisible Institute, a journalism advocacy organization focused on police accountability, and the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center, where he led a community-based project to drive public engagement, improve business practices, and advocate for stronger environmental and health policies.
Flack’s award-winning work as a playwright includes productions at many of the leading theatres in the U.S. including South Coast Repertory, Culture Project, Intercommunity Action (Interact), Victory Gardens Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Texas Performing Arts, and Contemporary American Theater Festival. In Fall 2018, he was a resident at the University of Wisconsin Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, collaborating across the University with faculty from the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Department of Computers Science, Department of Psychology, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the School of Business, and Division of the Arts. During his residency, Flack also taught a graduate seminar/workshop on “Performing Information”.
His plays include: “99% Walden”, “Black Like Me” (adaptation, commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company), “Bikila”, “Floaters”, “Sidney Bechet Killed a Man”, “Homeland Security”, “Jonathan Wild”, “American Life & Casualty” and “For Eddy”.
From 2013-2018, he worked closely with The Seldoms, a Chicago-based dance/theatre company on two full length works, “Power Goes” and “Rock Citizen” which use movement, text, archival material, music, sculpture and video to examine power, politics and social action in the U.S. from the 1950’s to the present. "Power Goes” was commissioned by and premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Spring 2015 and toured performing arts centers around the country. "RockCitizen" premiered in Spring 2016 at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Storefront Theatre and has also toured nationally.
He has been awarded two residency grants from the MacDowell Colony.
Flack is also an active jazz guitarist, who has performed at Ravinia’s mainstage, the Chicago Harris Theater, Studebaker Theater and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival all with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cornell University and a master’s of fine arts degree from Columbia University.