Celebrating Victoria Morgan’s 20 Seasons with Cincinnati Ballet

In the ballet world, directors, choreographers and leaders are predominantly men. Despite the odds, Victoria Morgan found her voice through ballet and has made her mark as Cincinnati Ballet’s Artistic Director & CEO.

As one of only five female Artistic Directors leading U.S. ballet companies with an annual operating budget of $5 million or larger, today she’s showing our next generation of dancers that leading and inspiring others is as much a part of ballet as mastering the choreography.

Over her 20 seasons of leadership, Cincinnati Ballet has grown exponentially. Artistic initiatives, education and outreach programs, and the Otto M. Budig Academy have expanded, as have fundraising efforts and ticket sales. The company is in its strongest position ever, financially and artistically, and continues to break new ground—most recently through continued support of female choreographers, who are still woefully underrepresented in the ballet industry.

The 2016-2017 Season is a celebration of Victoria’s 20 seasons with Cincinnati Ballet, as well as the dancers, donors, audience members, and staff who have helped to make these successes possible.

To support Cincinnati Ballet and Victoria’s vision, give a Ballerina Boss gift. In celebration of 20 seasons of leadership, all new and increased gifts will be matched by Kelly and Tim Brown, up to $20,000.

Victoria Morgan’s 20th Season Sponsor:

Artistic Directors of U.S. Ballet Companies with Operating Budgets of $5 Million or More (FY14), listed in alphabetical order, by company

Female Artistic Directors

  • Cincinnati Ballet | Victoria Morgan
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem | Virginia Johnson
  • Miami City Ballet | Lourdes Lopez
  • Richmond Ballet | Stoner Winslett
  • Washington Ballet | Julie Kent

Male Artistic Directors

  • American Ballet Theatre | Kevin McKenzie
  • Atlanta Ballet | John McFall
  • Ballet Arizona|Ib Andersen
  • Ballet Austin | Stephen Mills
  • Ballet West | Adam Sklute
  • BalletMet Columbus | Edwaard Liang
  • Boston Ballet | Mikko Nissinen
  • Carolina Ballet | Robert Weiss
  • Charlotte Ballet | Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux
  • Colorado Ballet|Gil Boggs
  • Houston Ballet | Stanton Welch
  • Joffrey Ballet | Ashley Wheater
  • Kansas City Ballet |Devon Carney
  • Milwaukee Ballet | Michael Pink
  • New York City Ballet|Peter Martins
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre | Kevin Irving
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet | Peter Boal
  • Pennsylvania Ballet | Angel Corella
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre | Terrence Orr
  • San Francisco Ballet|Helgi Tomasson
  • Sarasota Ballet of Florida | Iain Webb
  • Texas Ballet Theater | Ben Stevenson
  • Tulsa Ballet | Marcello Angelini

A National Conversation, Media Coverage On Female Choreographers and Artistic Leadership

Dance Magazine: Leading Ladies

“Are ballet companies different when led by a female artistic director?”

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New York Times: Breaking the Glass Slipper

“It has become a rarity for ballet companies to present works by women, despite the large number of women in the field and the pioneers of the 20th century.”

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Photography: Aaron M. Conway

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