Michael Andrew Currey. Photo: California Ballet

Michael Andrew Currey is the new executive director of the California Ballet Company following a six-month search led by the company’s board of trustees and founding director Maxine Mahon.

Currey, a San Diego native who worked in the city before moving east to further his career, said he is glad to be back.

“I am excited to return to San Diego and lead this wonderful company into its next 50 years,” says Currey, “San Diego is truly America’s Finest City, and its natural beauty is only matched by the great cultural arts organizations that have long been a part of the fabric of this great city. I am exhilarated about leading this company to a new level, and working with the wonderful staff and artists to bring sustainable growth to the organization.”

In an over 30-year career in theatre, Currey has served in leadership roles at The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre and Ballet West. Before leaving San Diego, he was on the staffs of San Diego Opera, San Diego Civic Light Opera (Starlight), and Moonlight Amphitheater.

Currey was most recently the general manager of Ballet West in Salt Lake City where he oversaw fundraising activities as well design and construction of the Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael into the California Ballet family,” Mahon said. “San Diego’s reigning ballet company is clearly in the capable hands of a seasoned and cultured professional. California Ballet was built for our community through the love and commitment of our staff, board, dancers and patrons. Mr. Currey will preserve the California Ballet legacy while pursuing an exciting new vision for the classical arts in our fine city.”

Currey’s tenure with California Ballet began Jan. 3.

Currently in its 50th season, California Ballet Company presents professional ballet productions and educational programming. It is the resident ballet company of the San Diego Civic Theatre.


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