Executive Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, United States
Arthur Espinoza Jr., Executive Director, is a resident of Ward 3 and a dedicated arts advocate. Prior to his appointment by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Espinoza was Managing Director of The Washington Ballet (TWB) where in 2010 he began his inaugural season with that internationally recognized ballet company. At TWB he produced numerous productions and world premieres, including the highly regarded ALICE in wonderland ballet and the company’s first international tour to Turkey. Espinoza also managed a period of significant budget growth at TWB, an increase in the roster of resident company of dancers, and a $1.5M facility expansion project.
From 1999 to 2010, Espinoza served as General Manager of Colorado Ballet where he administered company and touring operations, grant writing, production management, national and international touring, marketing and communications, ticket and retail sales operations, and patron and donor relations. Espinoza was instrumental in negotiating multiple collective bargaining agreements at Colorado Ballet, including the company’s original union agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).