New Executive Director

New Executive Director

Katrina Tamminga - November 11, 2008

Company welcomes new executive director to help continue the vision of becoming best between both coasts

The Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack R. Lemmon as the new executive director of Colorado Ballet. Lemmon will assume his new duties on January 1,2009.

Lemmon, who grew up in Grand Junction, Colo., has a 28-year career in managing and supporting ballet. He has served as executive director for various ballet companies throughout the nation, including Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Idaho, the Joffrey Ballet, and most recently, the Louisville Ballet. Lemmon has also held positions at the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently serves on the board of Dance/USA.

"Jack Lemmon has tremendous experience in the performing arts industry and has successfully led other dance companies throughout his distinguished career," said Colorado Ballet Board of Trustees Chairman Denise Sanderson. "We believe we have found the best person for this position."

Lemmon will be taking the reins from current Executive Director Lisa Snider, as she enters retirement at the end of the year. Snider assumed the executive director role in April 2005.

"I am very happy that Jack has agreed to become the next executive director of Colorado Ballet," Snider said. "We are very fortunate to have someone with his experience to work with Gil to make Colorado Ballet the premiere ballet company between the coasts." Artistic Director Gil Boggs added, "From our first meeting it was very apparent that Jack and I share a common vision for Colorado Ballet and his experience in the dance world will be invaluable."

The Executive Director Search Committee began the search process in April 2008 and received interest in the position from more than 50 candidates, both nationally and internationally. Colorado Ballet Trustee Holly Baroway, first vice president-investment officer at Wachovia Securities, headed the committee consisting of several board members, Boggs and Snider.

"Jack commented that the test of a good Company is the quality of the Corps de Ballet. Anyone who has seen the recent production of Swan Lake knows that the Company is on the precipice of greatness," Baroway said. "Jack has the expertise and vision to continue Lisa's legacy of collaborative leadership and launch us forward."

Boggs, Colorado Ballet staff and the Board of Trustees welcome Lemmon and look forward to working with him to continue Colorado Ballet's vision of becoming the premiere ballet company between the two coasts.

"In attending recent performances of the Colorado Ballet and in my conversations with Artistic Director Gil Boggs, current Executive Director Lisa Snider, and members of the board and staff, I have been impressed with the unity of vision, the passion for excellence and the enormous dedication of everyone associated with the Company," commented Lemmon. "I feel truly honored to be able to join this organization and I am looking forward to lending my skills and experience to take the Colorado Ballet forward."

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