ABT News: New Executive Director, JKO Head

Kara Medoff Barnett New Executive Director

ABT announced the appointment of Kara Medoff Barnett as Executive director, replacing Rachel Moore. She joins ABT from Lincoln Center International where she served as Senior Director of Lincoln Center’s Capital Campaign and Director of Strategy and Business Development. Previously, she produced theater on and off-Broadway, and received a 2003 Tony Award as an Associate Producer of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

According to The New York Times, she will consider reaching broader audiences through live simulcasts in cinemas, something ABT has lagged behind other companies.

I think that the digital space, in general, is one of those growth areas that A.B.T. should be actively exploring,” she said. “Dance in cinema, dance in movie theaters, is part of a larger exploration that needs to happen as we think about growing audiences, diversifying audiences in this century, and I think that’s just one of many, many opportunities for A.B.T.’s brand, A.B.T.’s dancers, A.B.T.’s repertoire to be exposed to and reach more people.

Cynthia Harvey New JKO Head

ABT announced last week the appointment of former Principal Dancer Cynthia Harvey as Artistic Director of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, replacing Franco De Vita, who retired in April. Harvey joined ABT in 1974, retiring in 1996. After her retirement, she was a coach and guest teacher with The Norwegian National Ballet. She has conducted classes for ABT, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Teatro alla Scala and The Zurich Ballet. She is a regular guest ballet mistress at the Semperöper Ballett in Dresden and has served as a Principal guest teacher for the English National Ballet School, according to the press release.

The JKO School serves approximately 300 students and encompasses a Pre-professional division for dancers ages 12-18 and a Children’s division for dancers ages 3-14. Classes include classical ballet technique, pointe, partnering, men’s class, character, modern technique, variations and Pilates. In addition, students participate in the ABT JKO School Wellness Lecture Series, designed to educate students and their parents on subjects facing aspiring professional dancers.