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February 15, 2019

San Francisco Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy Named Recipient of the 2019 Dance/USA 'Ernie' Award

SAN FRANCISCO, February 15, 2019—San Francisco Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy has been named the recipient of the 2019 Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ Award. Dance/USA's 'Ernie' Award was created to recognize extraordinary artists and administrators in the dance field. Recipients are chosen by the Dance/USA Board of Trustees from nominations made by members of the entire dance field. Since its inception in 1986, the ‘Ernie’ Award has honored individuals working “behind the scenes” within the infrastructure of the national dance field who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, outstanding value in the field, and whose achievements have influenced and significantly advanced the work of artists and supported their creativity. Click here to see additional information about the award and past recipients.

An Honors Celebration will take place as part of the Opening Night Celebration event at the Dance/USA Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at The Cleveland History Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional honorees that evening will include Dianne McIntyre as recipient of the Dance/USA Honor Award and Terry and Sheldon Adelman as recipients of the Dance/USA Champion Award. 

About Glenn McCoy
Glenn McCoy’s career in the performing arts spans nearly 40 years of operations management and marketing in ballet and opera. He first joined San Francisco Ballet in 1987, and during his 32-year tenure 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 130 new ballets and more than 50 tours, including engagements in Paris, London, New York, Beijing, and Washington, DC. He supervised SF Ballet’s operations for the critically acclaimed international dance festival, UNited We Dance, in 1995; SF Ballet’s 75th Anniversary Season in 2008; and Unbound: A Festival of New Works in 2018. He has overseen 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, as well as Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, which premiered in Lincoln Center at the Movies’ Great American Dance series in 2015.

In addition, Glenn McCoy is an active leader in arts advocacy, spearheading two major ballot measures benefitting all arts organizations in San Francisco, including the successful passing of Proposition E which restores arts funding for SF arts and culture to the hotel tax without raising taxes. He is also deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the dance field, having launched SFB’s DE&I Initiative.

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 Opera 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.

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