Dance Theater Workshop Appoints Stephen Greco Executive Director
New York, NY, June 22, 2007 – Dance Theater Workshop announced today that it has selected Stephen Greco as its new Executive Director. The appointment takes effect on July 2, 2007.
In announcing Stephen Greco’s appointment, Virginia Millhiser, President of Dance Theater Workshop’s Board of Directors, stated, “We are pleased and excited to bring Stephen Greco on as Executive Director of Dance Theater Workshop. After conducting a national search that included several exceptional candidates, we believe Stephen Greco’s business background, visionary thinking, and passion for dance is a powerful combination for an exciting 21st century at Dance Theater Workshop. Moving into our 42nd year, we believe that Stephen Greco and our Artistic Director, Carla Peterson, will make a strong, dynamic team. With our dedicated staff, we are poised to continue the innovative work Dance Theater Workshop has always been known for. It is a great moment for us.”
Stephen Greco has served as a strategic business advisor and editorial consultant for a wide array of contemporary arts organizations and publications for over 30 years. He has extensive business building experience in addition to expertise in research, analysis, fundraising, project development, writing, editing, and brand strategy. He has served as Editor-at-Large of Trace magazine since 2001 and also serves as the magazine’s marketing and media business advisor.
Carla Peterson remarked, “I am thrilled with our selection of Stephen Greco as Dance Theater Workshop’s new Executive Director given his deep understanding of contemporary culture, eloquent advocacy of dance, and his unassailable belief in the vital role of artists within contemporary society. I look forward to forging an energized partnership with him that will continue to build on this institution’s remarkable legacy as we create an ever more animated, responsive and ambitious center for dance.”
As Executive Director, Stephen Greco will be responsible for all aspects of Dance Theater Workshop’s operations, including overseeing the organization’s long-range planning, fundraising, institutional partnerships, budgeting, and the management of its Board of Directors and staff.
Commenting on his new appointment, Stephen Greco said, “I am very honored to join Dance Theater Workshop, an organization that I have admired since I came to live in New York in 1975. Dance Theater Workshop was then and remains an epicenter of some of the planet’s most forward-looking creativity. I am hugely excited to work with Carla Peterson, the staff, and the Board in bringing Dance Theater Workshop to a new level of service–both to audiences and to the amazing artists who dedicate their lives to culture-driving work.”
A published author and freelance writer and editor, Stephen Greco has written on the arts and entertainment, style and fashion, youth culture, and new media for countless publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Advocate, Art News, Dance Magazine, Elle, and The London Observer, to name a few. He was Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Empire magazine (2001-03); Senior Editor of Interview magazine (1990-94), and Senior Editor, Arts and Entertainment, of 7 Days magazine (1988-90). He was the Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Platform.net (1996-2001), a leading urban youth culture web portal. Stephen Greco has lectured and consulted on a variety of topics including arts activism, global youth culture, transcultural styles and ideas, and strategic branding. He is on the Advisory Boards of The Kitchen and The Japan Society’s performing arts program, and has been a member of the New York Dance and Performance (”Bessie”) Awards Committee since 1985.
Dance Theater Workshop is a New York-based nationally and internationally recognized center for new developments in dance. Dance Theater Workshop is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the creative process and to working with dance artists who seek to explore new expressions of the art form. For over 40 years the organization has built platforms from which artists can develop and present new work in New York City and worldwide. In addition, Dance Theater Workshop provides artists with distinctive resources that support a creative life of integrity, while increasing the public’s involvement in the arts and promoting the critical role that dance plays in the cultural environment.