California Ballet’s new Executive Director Michael Currey

On January 3, 2018, Michael Andrew Currey stepped into the role of Executive Director of the California Ballet Company.

Michael brings a depth of experience in his career of 30-plus years in theatre and dance. He has served in leadership roles at The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre and Ballet West. A San Diego native, Michael was on the staff of San Diego Opera, San Diego Civic Light Opera (Starlight), and Moonlight Amphitheater before moving east to further his career.

“I am excited to return to San Diego and lead this wonderful company into its next 50 years,” says Currey, “San Diego is truly America’s Finest City, and its natural beauty is only matched by the great cultural arts organizations that have long been a part of the fabric of this great city.  I am exhilarated about leading this company to a new level, and working with the wonderful staff and artists to bring sustainable growth to the organization.”

Founding Director Maxine Mahon says, “I am delighted to welcome Michael into the California Ballet family. San Diego’s reigning ballet company is clearly in the capable hands of a seasoned and cultured professional. California Ballet was built for our community through the love and commitment of our staff, board, dancers and patrons. Mr. Currey will preserve the California Ballet legacy while pursuing an exciting new vision for the classical arts in our fine city.”

About Currey, Associate Artistic Director Jared Nelson says, “ I'm excited to start the next 50 years of California Ballet Company with Michael Currey as our new Executive Director. We have a shared vision to grow this company artistically and financially to give San Diego a world class, versatile dance company. Michael brings a professional skill set, and experience that will enhance California Ballet's mission.”

We are excited about the future and look forward to his contributions. Welcome to the California Ballet family, Michael!

Photo by: Eric Ostling

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