Patti Burke is Head of Industry Relations at University of Texas’ School of Design & Creative Technologies. After spending over 20 years working in the entertainment industry, Burke comes to the University of Texas with decades of professional development and talent strategy experience. She will work closely with Doreen Lorenzo, assistant dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies, and the school’s faculty to deepen relationships with game firms, content studios and entertainment companies. Additionally, she will work with the College of Fine Arts’ career services team to support the university’s college-to-career initiatives.
Most recently, Burke developed and led a global strategic talent initiative at Walt Disney Imagineering, aimed at professional development of students and professionals. Prior to Burke’s time at Walt Disney Imagineering, she was the Senior Vice President of the Imagineering Creative Studio. As the studio lead, she partnered with senior executives to direct the development of portfolio franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, as well as a wide variety of creative entertainment projects around the world.
Burke’s career includes time as head of Lucasfilm’s Theme Park division, Vice President of Artist Development at Sony, head of studio at PDI Dreamworks, and as a production executive at Touchstone Pictures.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from USC Cinematic Arts School.1