The Oregon Ballet Theatre Appoints Dennis Buehler as Executive Director and Signs Artistic Director Kevin Irving for 3-Year Term

The Oregon Ballet Theatre Appoints Dennis Buehler as Executive Director and Signs Artistic Director Kevin Irving for 3-Year Term

After wrapping up a 2013/14 season marked by stellar critical reviews, increased audience engagement, record single ticket sales, and a strong finish to the fiscal year, Oregon Ballet Theatre makes two big announcements this week. Artistic Director Kevin Irving has signed a three-year contract with the Ballet affirming his continued and uninterrupted artistic leadership through the 2016/17 season. Additionally, Oregon Ballet Theatre has announced the appointment of Dennis Buehler as Executive Director. Buehler and his family will move from Milwaukee, where he most recently worked as Executive Director to the Milwaukee Ballet.

Oregon Ballet Theatre finishes strong year under Irving's Leadership

Since taking the reins in July 2013, Irving has brought thoughtful persistence and dynamic personality to Oregon Ballet Theatre, challenging the organization to exceed expectations in every element of its work. Irving made waves by facilitating a marriage proposal on stage during the DREAM program, chatting with the audience from the house during pre-curtain speeches, and bringing an element of surprise to the CREATE program, having audience members pull names out of a velvet bag to decide who would perform an excerpt from Nacho Duato's Cor Perdut for them at each performance. "This whole year has been a process of righting the ship and setting the course. I'm thrilled to now be starting the journey ahead," says Irving. In the 2013/14 season,

Over 34,500 children and adults connected with Oregon Ballet Theatre through nearly twenty different programs led by our Education Outreach department - an increase in impact of 10% over previous years

Single ticket sales to repertory shows increased by 28% over the previous year

Total contributions to the organization increased by 13.4% over the previous year

Exciting works by international star Nacho Duato and American choreographer Helen Pickett

added to the repertoire, showing new facets of OBT's dancers and promising a bright future

Oregon Ballet Theatre saw a budgetary surplus for the 6th consecutive year

Dennis Buehler appointed Executive Director

Buehler will join the company in September 2014, with a strong record of success building and maintaining collaborative environments that place a premium on innovative artistic and educational programming.

Prior to joining Oregon Ballet Theatre, for seven years Buehler served as Executive Director for Milwaukee Ballet where he was credited with not only bringing a strong business sense and strategic vision to the company, but also greatly enhancing their regional and national reputation.