Executive Director

Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson (© Chris Hardy)

Glenn McCoy, Executive Director
(© Chris Hardy)
Glenn McCoy, Executive Director

Glenn McCoy’s career in the performing arts spans more than 30 years of operations management and marketing in ballet and opera. He first joined San Francisco Ballet in 1987, and during his 25-year tenure he has held the positions of company manager, general manager, and managing director. He was elected to the position of executive director in April 2002.

McCoy has overseen the production of more than 50 new repertory and full-length ballets for San Francisco Ballet and more than 40 domestic and international tours, including engagements at the Palais Garnier in Paris; London’s Royal Opera House; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; and the New York State Theater. McCoy supervised San Francisco Ballet’s operations for the critically acclaimed international dance festival, UNited We Dance in 1995, San Francisco Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Season in 2008 and the tapings of Lar Lubovitch’s Othello, Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker, and John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, which have been broadcast on PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York’s performing arts series Great Performances.

Prior to joining San Francisco Ballet, McCoy held marketing positions at the San Francisco Opera and at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where as advertising manager he was responsible for promoting The Met seasons of American Ballet Theatre, as well as other international dance companies including Paris Opéra Ballet, The Royal Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and Japan’s Grand Kabuki.

McCoy has served on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. A native of New Bern, North Carolina, McCoy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and communication arts from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.