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,” Board Chair DonnaJean Fredeen said in a prepared statement. “We believe Ethan Stiefel’s unparalleled expertise and innovative vision will bring ARB into an exciting new chapter. We are delighted to welcome him, and look forward to supporting his leadership.”
Stiefel began his professional career at age 16 with the New York City Ballet where he 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.
“I am very fortunate to again have the opportunity to become an artistic director,” Stiefel said in the statement. “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 ARB emerge from these challenging times and to being a part of developing the art form within the organization and the communities we serve.”
Stiefel served as artistic director of the Royal New Zealand for three years, which followed his position as dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
He is currently the principal guest instructor at ABT.
“We are beyond thrilled to have Ethan join our organization in this capacity,” Julie Diana Hench, executive director, said in the statement. “His incredible breadth of experience and accomplishments, combined with his inspiring vision, generosity of spirit, creative talents, and professionalism, will shape the future of ARB and Princeton Ballet School. With Ethan at the helm, it feels like the possibilities are endless.”