Lecturer on Law
Damian Woetzel has taken on multiple roles in arts leadership since retiring from a 20-year career as Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet. Since June 2011, Woetzel has been the Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, where he creates programs aiming to further the value of the arts in society. Woetzel also currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and Director of the DEMO series at the Kennedy Center which he launched in fall 2015. Outside these roles, Woetzel is active as an independent director and producer, recent projects have included: Spaces for Jazz at Lincoln Center; tributes to ballerinas Natalia Makarova and Patricia McBride for the 2012 and 2014 Kennedy Center Honors; two Turnaround Arts performances at the White House; the award winning show Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge; and numerous events and collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In November of 2009, President Obama appointed Woetzel to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, where he focused on arts education, helping to create the national Turnaround Arts program. Woetzel holds a Master in Public Administration Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and has taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. In April of 2015, Woetzel was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal.