Christine Chen to Step Down as American Repertory Ballet's Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of American Repertory Ballet (ARB) has announced that its executive director, Christine Chen, will step down in February to become the Director of Adult Programs at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Chen, who began working for ARB in November 2009, led the organization through a financial turnaround to three straight years of surplus budgets, while also expanding the company's artistic and educational programming. She leaves the organization following a landmark year which saw the premiere of two major works by Artistic Director Douglas Martin as well as a record-breaking 50th Nutcracker season.

"Working with a terrific team of trustees, colleagues, and staff, we have achieved more than I could have imagined four years ago when I began here," says Chen. "I am proud of the great strides we have made to stabilize our financial position, to build the staff, and, most of all, to expand our artistic repertory and educational programming. ARB is well-positioned for the future and I have enjoyed my time with the organization greatly. Under Douglas Martin's artistic leadership, the company has really grown in stature and I know, with Mr. Martin's talent and vision, that this will continue. My ties to ARB and Princeton Ballet School run deep, and I know I will continue to be involved as an advocate and supporter, but I look forward to taking on new challenges in New York City, where I live with my family. I hope to apply the experience I've gained at ARB to a broad array of educational programming in my home community."

"Christine has led ARB through a remarkable period of transition and transformation," says Board Chairman, Patrick Bradley. "We are incredibly grateful for her service to the organization and wish her the best in her future endeavors. While we will miss Christine, we look forward to a bright future with a new director who will lead ARB into our next phase of development. The board has formed a search committee to identify a new executive director and we have a strong plan in place for the interim."

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