Damian Woetzel

Director, Arts Program, The Aspen Institute; Artistic Director, Vail International Dance Festival

Damian Woetzel is director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival, director of the DEMO series at the Kennedy Center, and is active as an independent director and producer. These and other arts leadership roles follow a 20-year career as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Woetzel served for eight years on President Obama’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH), where he worked to create the national Turnaround Arts education program. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal in 2015. In July 2018, Woetzel becomes president of the Juilliard School. 

Videos/Audio of Damian Woetzel

For more than three decades, artist Carrie Mae Weems has created a body of work — including photographs, fabric, text,... See more
The Poetry Jam Session brings together some of the nation’s leading young poets for a spirited 80-minutes of cross-... See more
Join Damian Woetzel, incoming president of the Juilliard School, for an interactive breakfast interview led by Eric Liu... See more
Are you woke? The Afternoon Jam Session brings together some of the nation’s leading young poets, Jookin’ innovator Lil... See more
Clint Smith and Reginald Dwayne Betts work at the crossroads of multiple disciplines. Both men have pursued graduate... See more
Journalists Michele Norris, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Amar Bakshi have all worked to create global megaphones for... See more

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