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 International 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. Woetzel was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal in 2015.

Videos/Audio of Damian Woetzel

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
“Truth,” wrote Frederick Douglass, “belongs, like the earth, to all the earth’s inhabitants.” In the search for truth,... See more
Memoir can be a powerful tool for grappling with the most challenging moments of our lives. Elizabeth Alexander’s new... See more
Howard Gardner probes the panelists on their own education in the arts and their experiences working in today's schools... See more

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