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Damian Woetzel Damian Woetzel

President, The Juilliard School


Damian Woetzel has been named the next President of The Juilliard School, effective July 2018.

Mr. Woetzel retired in 2008 from an illustrious career as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and was celebrated internationally for his performances across a wide range of repertory. He is currently the director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and the artistic director of Vail Dance Festival. Woetzel is also an independent director, choreographer, and producer. His many projects include the Kennedy Center’s interdisciplinary DEMO series; Spaces by Wynton Marsalis for Jazz at Lincoln Center; an arts salute to Stephen Hawking at Lincoln Center for the World Science Festival; and the first performance of the White House Dance Series during the Obama administration. From 2009 to 2017, Woetzel served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, where he helped create the Turnaround Arts Program, which brings arts education to some of the nation’s most challenged school districts. Woetzel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. In 2015 he received the Harvard Arts Medal.

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. Juilliard’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Sheryl Ash and John Isaacson led this search with Katie Rockman and Cortney Tunis.

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