Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director & CEO
The Sue & Bill Friedlander Artistic Director & CEO
Over the past 17 years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and critical success under the leadership of Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. As the company entered its 45th Anniversary Season, Ms. Morgan took on the additional role as an executive leader, serving for the first time as both the Artistic Director and CEO. The recent culmination of the company's landmark 50th Anniversary year, including their debut at The Joyce Theater in NY, is evidence Ms. Morgan's vision has led Cincinnati Ballet into a vibrant and confident future.
Ms. Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1997, taking immediate steps to raise the company’s standard of excellence by attracting celebrated dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters to the Ballet from the international dance realm. Her choreography has also brought the company critical acclaim, most recently noted by the success of the 2014 world premiere of King Arthur's Camelot and the 2011 world premiere of her Frisch’s Presents the New Nutcracker. She is on the board of Dance Magazine and DanceUSA, has served on the NEA evaluation panel, and has served as judge for the New York International Ballet Competition and the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala. Ms. Morgan came to Cincinnati Ballet after nearly a decade as resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera. She was a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet (1978-1987) and Ballet West (1969-1978). Her repertoire included leading roles in numerous classical and Balanchine ballets, as well as in many modern and contemporary ballets. She performed lead roles for television and film, and her choreography was featured in the PBS documentary, The Creation of O.M.O.
Ms. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A from the University of Utah and was honored as a 2009 Distinguished Alumna. She was also honored as a 2009 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.