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Ballet West selects new executive director

Published July 9, 2013 6:57 pm

Dance • Scott Altman, formerly of Arizona Opera, will take reins in August.
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Ballet West has named Scott Altman as its new executive director.

Altman is the former General Director of the Phoenix-based Arizona Opera. Under his leadership, the company is said to have experienced an unprecedented patron growth and expanded audience development. Altman also oversaw the design and construction of a new Opera Center in central Phoenix and successfully consolidated operations into one city.

"Scott brings to Ballet West outstanding skills and a proven track record in non-profit management and fundraising, " Victor Rickman, Ballet West Board Chairman, said in a news release issued Tuesday. "He is an excellent communicator who will provide leadership at every level of the organization. We are pleased to welcome him to the Ballet West family."

Altman replaces Johann Jacobs who resigned in December, 2012 after 15 years as the company's executive director.

Altman will officially join Ballet West the first week in August, bringing with him nearly three decades of experience in the performing arts and non-profit arts administration.

"With the 50th anniversary season and an imminent new facility in its future, I anticipate new heights for the company and am proud to bring my experience in the classical arts to the Ballet West team," said Altman, who has served as Regional and District Adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, The University of Arizona Presidents Competition, and the Dallas Opera Competition. He also is the Recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University College at Purchase in Purchase, New York, Altman went on to complete his Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York.

"It is with great pleasure that I welcome Scott into the Ballet West family," said Artistic Director Adam Sklute. "Of all the wonderful and highly qualified candidates I had the pleasure of meeting, it was clear that Scott was ultimately the best person for the job. He and I share a broad long-range vision, and he immediately understood the scope of what I wish to attain for Ballet West. I am excited to work side by side with him as we move the company into the future."