01 Aug DHR International Lands New Leader for the Miami City Ballet
July 25, 2018 – Following an extensive, six-month international search, James Abruzzo of DHR International has recruited Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko as the new executive director of the Miami City Ballet (MCB).
“It is a ballet company chair’s dream to lead an organization with top talent, leadership, and vision in both the artistic and administrative realms,” said Kristi Jernigan , chair of the board of trustees of Miami City Ballet. “With the arrival of Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, in partnership with our artistic director, Lourdes Lopez, we indeed have the ‘dream team.’”
Tania will build an even stronger infrastructure that will enable Lourdes and our dancers to continue the artistic vision and excellence for which Miami City Ballet has become known globally,” said Ms. Jernigan. “Considering her proven track record in arts management, her deep knowledge in and passion for dance, particularly ballet, and her South Florida and Cuban roots, I am tremendously excited about the future of MCB and the deeper impact we will have in our community and globally.”
Ms. Lopez said she was excited to welcome back Ms. Castroverde Moskalenko to South Florida. “Borrowing from Maya Angelou, ‘In diversity there is beauty and there is strength,’” she said. “Tania’s South Florida and Cuban roots reflect the community in which we perform, but these are additional benefits we gain with Tania, because quite simply, she is the best person for the position. She will be a vital force in helping Miami City Ballet advocate our national position and provide the leadership that will allow us to continue to do bold things in dance.”
Ms. Castroverde Moskalenko served as CEO of the Auditorium Theatre since 2016. In that time, she revitalized the organization’s financial health and oversaw a dramatic increase in programming, ticket sales and philanthropic support. Last year, the Chicago Tribune named her “Chicagoan of the Year for Dance.” Previously, she spent four years as president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation in Indiana, where she provided both the artistic vision and the strategic direction for the organization. She created and implemented a strategic plan which resulted in new programming and educational experiences that expanded the Center’s reach, engaged a broader audience, increased board membership and engaged new partners. Prior to that, Ms. Castroverde Moskalenko spent seven years as executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Tennessee, where she erased an operating deficit, created a reserve fund, completed a strategic plan, doubled corporate support and quadrupled grant support.