Milwaukee Ballet extends Pink’s contract, names new executive director

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Milwaukee Ballet Company artistic director Michael Pink will continue heading the organization’s dance productions for the next five years, with a contract extension to 2020.

Pink has choreographed and directed ballet productions for the Milwaukee Ballet Company for 13 seasons and has become “a major force” in the city’s arts scene, said Jud Snyder, president of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Co. and board chair and president of the Milwaukee Ballet.

The Milwaukee Ballet also announced a new executive director, dance industry veteran Julia Glawe, who brings international dance administration experience to Milwaukee.


Glawe’s career in the performing arts spans more than 25 years. Throughout the past 17 years, she has focused on booking and touring international dance productions. During 15 of those years, she worked as senior vice president for the dance division of IMG Artists.

Glawe also spent five years at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, a touring dance company located in Chicago, where she was responsible for booking and outreach activities.

While solidifying its leadership team, the Milwaukee Ballet has launched a matching campaign to fund new stage works.

The “Campaign for New Work,” backed by Sue and Allan “Bud” Selig, took flight during the ballet company’s annual board meeting in October.

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