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Executive and Artistic Director
Michelle Witt joined the University of Washington in August 2011 as the Artistic Director of UW World Series and Executive Director of Meany Hall, leading the two organizations through a merger culminating in the newly renamed Meany Center for the Performing Arts. She oversees the management and artistic direction of Meany Center, as well as the administration of the Meany Hall venue and ArtsUW ticketing operations. Witt has more than 20 years of arts leadership experience and most recently served as Executive Director of the nationally-acclaimed San Francisco-based dance company Robert Moses’ Kin, where she fostered organizational fiscal health in support of artistic growth, and spearheaded the development of the most ambitious interdisciplinary productions and touring in the company’s fifteen-year history. Previously, she served in Associate and Executive Director positions with Stanford University Lively Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures, and the Performing Arts division of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, where she developed innovative artistic programming and educational residencies in music, dance, theater and film. She has distinguished herself as a leader in championing new, culturally diverse, creative work in the performing arts and bringing artists into meaningful dialogue with communities. Witt also spent many years as a professional violinist and has served as applied music faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and as an academic lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds a certificate from WACUBO’s Executive Leadership and Management Institute at Stanford and is recipient of a Clifton Webb Academic Fellowship from UCLA. Witt currently serves on the boards of Chamber Music America and the International Society for the Performing Arts.