19 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

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Organizations Filed Purposes: Boston Ballet's mission is to bring new levels of excellence to ballet - both on and off stage. We will accomplish this through a process that is inclusive in scope, educational, and creative. Inherent in this mission are several tensions: taking artistic risks while not leaving our audience behind, managing for financial stability while allowing for artistic experimentation, being sensitive to the community while recognizing that ballet is not a mass art form. Meeting the challenges of these tensions has contributed to our success. Through this mission we will significantly advance ballet as an art form, enrich the cultural life of our community, and create a heightened sense of excitement and reward for those who join us.

To bring new levels of excellence to ballet - both on and off stage - through a process that is inclusive in scope, educational, and creative.

Ballet Programs: led by Artistic Director, Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet maintains a diverse repertoire, ranging from full-length ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. The Company typically gives over 100 performances each year at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston, MA. This year's programs and financial results were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Ballet's season programs scheduled for performance March 12, 2020 onwards were cancelled or postponed following stay-at-home orders and gathering restrictions imposed by city and state governments. A multi-pronged management effort was immediately launched to stem revenue loss, mitigate expenses, and secure significant, advance philanthropic and federal aid to prepare the Company for ongoing theater closure. Boston Ballet's 2019-2020 season was originally slated to feature six programs including the annual holiday production of Nissinen's version of The Nutcracker. The season opened with a production of Giselle staged by Boston Ballet's own rehearsal director Larissa Ponomarenko. The spring opened with a program featuring three works by notable choreographic giants George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe. All other live performances thereafter were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rehearsal footage from the staging of resident choreographer Jorma Elo's Carmen and two works by guest choreographer Helen Pickett was produced into a virtual streaming event for audiences later that summer.

Boston Ballet School (BBS): provides a comprehensive dance education with the goal of inspiring, nurturing and sustaining a life-long love of dance in every student. BBS operates two state-of-art dance facilities at Boston Ballet's headquarters in the South End of Boston and in the Metro-West town of Newton. BBS provides dance education and training to nearly 4,000 students through several programs. The Classical Ballet Program follows a carefully designed curriculum with nine levels of study. It also has a supplemental Summer Dance Workshop and Master Class Series exposing students to different dance concepts and styles in a creative environment. The Children's Program for ages 16 months to 7 years introduces children to the art of dance by promoting the exploration of creativity and expression through movement. Its corresponding summer camps, Ballet Stories and Ballet Journeys introduce students to the wider world of dance. The Adult Dance Program offers a wide range of dance classes and workshops to students of all abilities and experience levels. The BBS Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an audition-only and highly competitive programs that provide a rigorous training program preparing students for a professional career with the Boston Ballet, and in the ballet industry. The Summer Dance Program is a 5-week summer intensive training opportunity for students globally, with acceptance to the program by audition-only.

Division for Education and Community Initiatives (ECI): reaches over 5,000 individuals in the Greater Boston area. ECI programs include: Citydance, established in 1991, providing third grade students from over 130 Boston public school classrooms with a tuition-free introduction to dance education; ECI On Location, inclusive of Taking Steps and Boys in Motion, serving students from 4th grade to 8th grade, offering year-long dance education in schools and community sites; and Adaptive Dance, established in 2002, providing creative movement instruction to individuals with disabilities from ages 2 to adult. Training Workshops are delivered by ECI instructors to organizations locally and nationwide, establishing Boston Ballet a thought-leader in this space. ECI also engages participants beyond programming by providing special opportunities such as attending Boston Ballet performances and special events/activities, mentoring and teaching, and performing in showcases or community performances.

Executives Listed on Filing

Total Salary includes financial earnings, benefits, and all related organization earnings listed on tax filing

NameTitleHours Per WeekTotal Salary
Mikko P NissinenArtistic Director40$666,193
Meredith L HodgesExecutive Director40$387,676
Jennifer WeissmanDirector of Marketing40$224,926
Russell KaiserAssistant Artistic Director40$159,694
Margaret TraceyDirector of Boston Ballet School40$158,609
Michael SantoraMusic Director40$158,394
Katrina FosterDirector of Development40$145,421
Ming Min HuiChief Financial Officer & Treasurer40$118,333
D Ellen WilsonTrustee1$0
Alison ViehbacherTrustee1$0
Ellen P SlabyTrustee1$0
Ruth SheferTrustee1$0
Emily E ShanksTrustee1$0
Laura J SenTrustee1$0
E Pixley SchicianoTrustee1$0
Jill W RobertsTrustee1$0
Eleanor PaoTrustee1$0
Robert NagleTrustee1$0
Ivana Magovcevic-LiebischTrustee1$0
Tito JacksonTrustee1$0
Lara HurleyTrustee1$0
Andrea W HoffTrustee1$0
Paul S HendersonTrustee1$0
Lori M HeinelTrustee1$0
Elizabeth H GodfreyTrustee1$0
Tricia GlynnTrustee1$0
Leigh FraserTrustee1$0
Nina Sing FialkowTrustee1$0
Donna EganTrustee1$0
Lynn DaleTrustee1$0
James D ClubbTrustee1$0
M Roy BurnsTrustee1$0
Kimberly BurnsTrustee1$0
Stephanie L BrownTrustee1$0
Lisa A BlumenthalTrustee1$0
Kevin BarryTrustee1$0
Eric AboafTrustee1$0
Charles S CarignanSecretary1$0
Alison A QuirkVice Chair1$0
Jack R MeyerChair1$0

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