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Congratulations to Ethan Stiefel, New Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet

Congratulations to Ethan Stiefel, New Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet

Published on November 21, 2020

After an extensive search, American Repertory Ballet (ARB) announced that Ethan Stiefel will become its new Artistic Director beginning July 2021. 

“This appointment marks a wonderful new era for our organization,” says Board Chair DonnaJean Fredeen. “We believe Ethan Stiefel’s unparalleled expertise and innovative vision will bring American Repertory Ballet into an exciting new chapter. We are delighted to welcome him, and look forward to supporting his leadership.”   

Ethan Stiefel dancing for American Ballet Theatre. Photo by Hidemi Seto.

Stiefel began his professional career at age 16 with the New York City Ballet where he quickly rose to the rank of Principal Dancer. He was also a Principal Dancer with Ballett Zürich and American Ballet Theater (ABT) where, in July 2012, he gave his final performance. It was described by The New York Times as “daring, explosive, and laced with risk.”

The Star Ledger lauded Stiefel “among the greatest dancers America has ever produced.”

“I am very fortunate to again have the opportunity to become an Artistic Director,” Stiefel says. “I believe most arts organizations have taken stock during these times and are exploring ways to pioneer, diversify and reinvigorate how they approach their internal culture while seeking to offer current and relevant inspiration for communities and audiences. I am looking forward to helping American Repertory Ballet emerge from these challenging times and to being a part of developing the art form within the organization and the communities we serve.”

Ethan Stiefel. Photo by  Chris Gorman for the NZ Herald.

Stiefel served as Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand (RNZB) for three years, which followed his position as Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). He is currently the Principal Guest Instructor at American Ballet Theatre (ABT).

“We are beyond thrilled to have Ethan join our organization in this capacity,” says Julie Diana Hench, Executive Director. “His incredible breadth of experience and accomplishments, combined with his inspiring vision, generosity of spirit, creative talents, and professionalism, will shape the future of American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School. With Ethan at the helm, it feels like the possibilities are endless.”


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