Over the past 20 years, Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and critical success under the leadership of Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, including its landmark 50th Anniversary year, which saw its company debut at The Joyce Theater in New York. Today she is one of only five female Artistic Directors of U.S. ballet companies with an annual operating budget of $5 million or more. When she took on executive leadership in addition to artistic responsibilities the company grew from an operating budget of $5.8 million in 2008 to $8.5 million today, and has established an $11.5 million endowment fund.
Ms. Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1997, taking immediate steps to raise the company’s standard of excellence by attracting celebrated dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters to the Ballet from the international dance realm. Her choreography has brought the company critical acclaim, most recently noted by the success of the 2014 world premiere of King Arthur’s Camelot and the 2011 world premiere of her Frisch’s Presents the New Nutcracker, which toured to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, in November 2016.
Ms. Morgan came to Cincinnati Ballet after nearly a decade as resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera. She was a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet (1978-1987) and Ballet West (1969-1978). Her repertoire included leading roles in numerous classical and Balanchine ballets, as well as in many modern and contemporary ballets, working with some of the top choreographers of her time; William Forsythe, Juri Kylian, James Kudelka, Helgi Tomasson, Val Caniparoli, David Bintley, Willam and Lew Christiansen, to name a few. She performed lead roles for television and film, and her choreography was featured in the PBS documentary, The Creation of O.M.O. Morgan choreographed many ballets for Cincinnati Ballet including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Swan Lake (Acts I and III), Princess and the Pea among others. Victoria choreographed extensively for Opera with the Glimmer Glass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Sain tea t Louis, Seattle Opera, GrandeTheatre Geneve, San Francisco Opera and others.
She has served on the board of Dance Magazine, Dance/USA, the NEA evaluation panel, and was a presiding judge for the New York International Ballet Competition and for the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala in Russia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A from the University of Utah and was honored as a 2009 Distinguished Alumna. She was also honored as a 2009 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, received recognitionfrom Cincinnati Regional Chamber’s WE Celebrate Women’s Business Awards, served in the 33rd Class of Leadership Cincinnati, and was honored as one of Venue & LEAD Magazine’s Women of Influence in 2016. 2017 is the first year Victoria Morgan appears as a judge in the Valentina Kozlova International Vallet Competition Finals. Return to the Jury