Orlando Ballet Hires Experienced Caroline Miller as New Executive Director
After a four month extensive international search, the Orlando Ballet announced today it has hired a new Executive Director. Caroline Miller comes to the Orlando Ballet from Dance UK where she led the national body for the professional dance industry in Britain for ten years. Miller will be relocating to the Central Florida area from London, United Kingdom, and is expected to begin the role in August.
Chair of the Orlando Ballet Board, Sibille Pritchard, elaborated on the new hire, “We took our time and did our due diligence to find the perfect fit for what the Orlando Ballet needs at this time. When we came across Caroline and her substantial qualifications, accomplishments and lengthy career in the industry, we knew we found exactly what we were looking for.” Pritchard continued, “The Board and I cannot wait to see Caroline expand and transform the Ballet into an even more robust organization for the future.”
Caroline will be taking the reins from interim executive director Laraine Frahm, who has led the incredible task of keeping the ballet “on point” during its transition. Pritchard noted, “We can’t thank Laraine enough for volunteering as interim executive director and bringing stability to the organization over the last eight months.
Miller is bringing an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades with her to Orlando. Under her leadership, Dance UK became the pre-eminent advocacy organization for the industry. Over the last five years she developed a radical new business model successfully merging Dance UK with three other dance charities. Her work was recognized in January 2016 when she was awarded the prestigious De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the National Dance Awards in London. Miller was included on the 2014 Evening Standard list of 1000 most influential Londoners for her role in the team establishing the ground-breaking National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and was an international Fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC between 2011 and 2013.
“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Executive Director of Orlando Ballet working with Artistic Director Robert Hill, his team, the Board and the donors who support the organization,” stated Caroline Miller, incoming Executive Director for the Orlando Ballet. She continued, “It is an exciting time for the Company and School, with plans for the new building at the heart of the community progressing well, including a generous $2 million matching fund pledge from one of the Company’s long standing supporters.”
Caroline began her career as a box office assistant in 1994, going on to become a theatre marketing manager and a publicist for major arts venues in London, England including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells. In 2006, she won a fellowship for outstanding female emerging arts leaders and completed a Masters in Cultural Leadership at City University, London.
Robert Hill, Artistic Director of the Orlando Ballet, praised Miller’s experience, “I welcome Caroline with great admiration for her tremendous accomplishments in the arts and dance in particular. Her knowledge of the business of dance is inspiring. I look forward to working with her.”
Part of the draw for the new director is the Ballet’s long history of diverse programs, international talent and impressive list of awards the school has collected. For over 40 years Orlando Ballet has presented major classical works while also creating contemporary ballets. Most recently, 20-year-old company dancer Arcadian Broad choreographed and composed the music for a hugely successful version of Beauty and the Beast.
Miller plans to add to the accolades, “I greatly look forward to supporting Robert Hill in fulfilling his vision, collaborating with Dierdre Miles Burger to build the success of the school, and to working with the entire team at Orlando Ballet as we continue to deliver excellent and exciting dance developing new audiences for the future.”
Caroline’s experience supporting the dance education and training sector in the UK will be especially relevant to the Orlando Ballet School which teaches technical excellence while nurturing talent and creativity; its dancers have performed on stages worldwide. The School attracts local and international students and has won Outstanding School of the Decade at the American Dance Competition in 2016 and Outstanding School at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Finals in New York in 2014, and numerous times at YAGP regionals in Tampa. In 2015 its student Austen Acevedo was selected for the Prix de Lausanne at just 14 and awarded a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
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