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

Memphis Jookin’ dancer and 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and ballet dancer and... See more
From co-founding Artists for a Free South Africa, to working in failing schools to turn them around, actor and 2014... See more
Arts Strike is a dialogue between artists, schools and communities first piloted by Yo-Yo Ma and Damian Woetzel in 2010... See more
Can the pairing of young Israeli and Palestinian children as dance partners create opportunities for a more peaceful... See more
How can Music Directors contribute solutions to challenges facing their communities today? Join a group of... See more
What is the role of art in improving, enriching, and enhancing community, especially in places burdened with poverty?... See more

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