Septime Webre was appointed Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet (TWB) in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Colorado Ballet, among others. As a dancer, Mr. Webre was featured in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham as well as in principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. A former member of the board of directors of Dance/USA, Mr. Webre sits on the board of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and has been honored by Young Audiences of the District of Columbia and has received a number of fellowships for his choreography. Mr. Webre is the seventh son in a large Cuban-American family. He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History/Pre-Law.
ARTHUR ESPINOZA, JR was appointed Managing Director of The Washington Ballet in May of 2013, transitioning from his role as Director of Artistic Operations which he began with the company in 2010. He most recently served as the Executive Director/Interim Artistic Director of a vibrant summer theatre company located in the mountains of Colorado, before joining The Washington Ballet.Mr. Espinoza was the General Manager of Colorado Ballet from 1999-2010. Prior to his tenure with Colorado Ballet, Mr. Espinoza was Executive Director of Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has also worked with numerous performing arts organizations including Central City Opera, Fort Collins Children's Theatre, Opera Fort Collins and OpenStage Theatre and Company. He has directed a variety of productions including such favorites as The Fantasticks, Oliver!,1940's Radio Hour and Lonely Planet, which was selected for presentation in the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts Gala event in 1998.
Mr. Espinoza currently produces a high-profile speaker series in Denver, Colorado that features many notable personalities. Recent honorees include President Bill Clinton, Sir Sidney Poitier, President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Diane Keaton, Marianne Pearl and Dr. Jane Goodall among many others.