Ballet BC names John Clark as new executive director

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      Ballet BC has announced that U.S. arts sector veteran John Clark will take on the role as the company’s new executive director.

      Clark has had positions in both the performing arts and higher education sectors in the U.S., and was most recently the vice president of development at the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Florida.

      He has also held senior development positions at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and served as the director of development for the Atlanta Ballet prior to that.

      "We are delighted to welcome John to Ballet BC and look forward to introducing him to our community. John's vast experience and passion for the arts will contribute in meaningful ways to the Company's future vision," said Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar in a news release.

      A classically trained pianist as a teenager, Clark has a master's in English literature from Georgia State University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Rochester.

      His passion for the arts is demonstrated in his volunteer commitments and engagements, where he has served as board chair of Synchronicity Performance Group, a tutor through the Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, and a big brother at BBBS of Metro Atlanta.

      "I am thrilled to join the leadership team with Emily and the board, working to build upon the substantial current momentum. The impact this organization is making on the creation and innovation of dance is impressive,” said Clark in the news release.

      “My objective is not only to ensure Ballet BC's sustainability and longevity, but also to increase visibility, building financial support and deepening community relationships so that it can thrive, grow, and continue to be a model for contemporary ballet companies throughout Canada, and well beyond.”