Deborah Rutter

President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Deborah Rutter is president of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. In this position, she is artistic and administrative director of the world’s busiest performing arts center, managing all facets of the facility including expansive theater, contemporary dance, ballet, chamber music, and jazz seasons, as well as its affiliates the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera. One of the nation’s most influential arts administrators, Rutter was previously president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2014, executive director of the Seattle Symphony from 1992 to 2003, executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 1986 to 1992, and orchestra manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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