Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes in
Photo: Gene Schiavone.
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Artistic Director, Hamilton E. James Chair
native of Vermont, Kevin McKenzie received his ballet training
at the Washington School of Ballet. In 1972, Mr. McKenzie was
awarded a Silver medal at the Sixth International Competition
in Varna, Bulgaria. He was a leading dancer with both the National
Ballet of Washington and The Joffrey Ballet before joining American
Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in March 1979. Mr. McKenzie was
appointed a Principal Dancer the following December and danced
with the Company until 1991.
As a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Mr. McKenzie
danced leading roles in all of the major full-length classics
including Solor in La Bayadère,
Don Jose in Carmen, the Prince in
Mikhail Baryshnikov's production of the full-length Cinderella,
Franz in Coppélia, the Gentleman
With Her in Dim Lustre, Basil and
Espada in Don Quixote (Kitri's Wedding),
Albrecht in Giselle, a leading role
in The Garden of Villandry, Her
Lover in Jardin aux Lilas, the leading
role in The Leaves Are Fading, the
Friend in Pillar of Fire, the leading
role in Raymonda (Grand Pas Hongrois),
a featured role in Requiem, the
Champion Roper in Rodeo, Romeo and
Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Prince
Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince
Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in
La Sylphide and the leading roles
in Other Dances, Paquita,
Les Sylphides, the Sylvia
Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations.
He created the role of Amnon in Martine van Hamel's Amnon
V'Tamar and a leading role in Clark Tippet's S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.
During his performing career, Mr. McKenzie performed as a guest
artist in cities throughout the world, including Spoleto, Italy,
Paris, London, Tokyo, Havana, Moscow, Vienna and Korea, dancing
with, among others, the London Festival Ballet, the Bolshoi
Ballet, the National Ballet of Cuba and the Universal Ballet
in Seoul. In September 1989, Mr. McKenzie was appointed a permanent
guest artist with The Washington Ballet, and, in 1991, assumed
the position of Artistic Associate of that company. He has also
acted as Associate Artistic Director of, and a choreographer
with, Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet.
Mr. McKenzie was appointed Artistic Director of American Ballet
Theatre in October 1992. His choreographic credits include Groupo
Zamboria (1984) and Liszt Études,
now called Transcendental Études,
(1991), both for Martine van Hamel's New Amsterdam Ballet, Lucy
and the Count (1992) for The Washington Ballet, and the
full-length classic The Nutcracker
(1993), Don Quixote (1995), in collaboration
with Susan Jones, a new production of Swan
Lake (2000) and a new production of The Sleeping
Beauty (2007), with Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov,
all for American Ballet Theatre.
|KARA MEDOFF BARNETT|
Kara Medoff Barnett was appointed Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), America's National Ballet Company® in February 2016 following nearly nine years as a senior executive at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
During her tenure at Lincoln Center, Barnett served as Director of Strategy and Business Development and Senior Director of the Capital Campaign for the transformative redevelopment of Lincoln Center's iconic 16-acre campus. In 2012, Barnett became the founding Managing Director of Lincoln Center International (LCI), established to extend Lincoln Center's brand, facilitate artistic exchange and advise government leaders, philanthropists, and developers on the planning and management of cultural infrastructure projects around the globe. Under Barnett's leadership, LCI launched the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, an annual conference for international leaders and change agents to advance the role of art and culture in addressing critical challenges facing our collective future.
Barnett has produced plays on and off Broadway, and she received a Tony Award® for the 2003 Broadway revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. In 2014, she was named "40 under 40" in Crain's New York Business.
Barnett attended Duke University on a Trinity Scholarship, graduating summa cum laude, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kevin McKenzie photo by Fabrizio Ferri.
Kara Medoff Barnett photo by Rosalie O'Connor.