Michael M. Kaiser is President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has expanded the educational and artistic programming for the nation's center for the performing arts and has overseen a major renovation effort of most of the Center’s theaters.
Dubbed “the Turnaround King” for his work at numerous institutions, including the Royal Opera House in London, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Kansas City Ballet, Kaiser has earned international renown for his expertise in arts management.
He advises performing arts organizations around the world, working with arts leaders in nearly 70 countries. Upon joining the Kennedy Center in 2001, Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute, renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center after a $22.5 million commitment from Dick and Betsy DeVos, which aims to train the current and next generation of arts leaders.
The Institute features a variety of initiatives and programs, including an online education forum for arts administrators at artsmanager.org, where professionals and students in the field can share experiences, seek employment, and post opportunities. He founded Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative in February 2009, and embarked on a 50-state tour to spread his arts expertise across the United States.
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Sunday, October 02, 2011
Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., desperately wanted to be a singer. But after making an attempt he concluded he just wasn’t going to be good enough, so he turned to arts management, leading such institutions as the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Royal Opera Covent Garden in London.