LARUE ALLEN (Executive Director) came to the Martha Graham Center in 2005 when she assumed responsibility for retiring a $5 million deficit and returning the Center to a sound financial footing. She accomplished these goals within two years of her arrival and turned her attention to building an effective plan for transforming the Martha Graham Dance Company into the leading repertory group it is today, increasing the budget by 200% and providing a successful structure for the creation of new work, important historical reconstruction, and an extensive touring program supported by earned income. Her principal accomplishments include rebuilding the Center’s Board of Trustees, attracting important funders, launching the largest dance archive in modern dance, and restructuring the Center’s historic School. She came to the Center from the North Carolina Dance Theatre where she created a new touring initiative and brought the company to New York’s Joyce Theater for the first time. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Trisha Brown Company, producing seven new dance works and three operas, and the Senior Program Specialist for Dance at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she served as funder for dance companies and presenters. She has been a consultant for the NEA, Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, North Carolina Council on the Arts, American Dance Festival, and a variety of dance companies. She founded and directed the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre and taught dance at Penn State University.
JANET EILBER (Artistic Director) has been the Center’s artistic director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to the Graham masterworks. These initiatives include designing contextual programming, educational and community partnerships, use of new media, commissions and creative events such as the Lamentation Variations and Prelude and Revolt. She has also remixed Graham choreography and created new staging in the Graham style for theater/dance productions of The Bacchae and Prometheus Bound. Earlier in her career, as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham’s greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertoire. She soloed at the White House, was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, starred in three segments of Dance in America, and has since taught, lectured, and directed Graham ballets internationally. Apart from her work with Graham, Eilber has performed in films, on television and on Broadway directed by such greats as Agnes deMille and Bob Fosse and has received four Lester Horton Awards for her reconstruction and performance of seminal American modern dance. She has served as Director of Arts Education for the Dana Foundation, guiding the Foundation’s support for Teaching Artist training and contributing regularly to its arts education publications. Eilber is a Trustee Emeritus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is married to screenwriter/director John Warren, with whom she has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.
DENISE VALE (Senior Artistic Associate) joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1985, attaining the rank of principal dancer. Roles performed include the Pioneer Woman in Appalachian Spring, Woman in White in Diversion of Angels, Chorus Leader in Night Journey, Chorus in Cave of the Heart, the Attendant in Hérodiade, Leader in the 1980s reconstruction of “Steps in the Street”, and Night Chant, a ballet created for Ms. Vale by Martha Graham in 1989. Graham solos performed include Lamentation, Frontier, Satyric Festival Song, and Serenata Morisca.
Board of Trustees
Kenneth Bloom, Chairman
Judith G. Schlosser, Chairman Emerita
Inger K. Witter, President
LaRue Allen, Executive Director
Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Audra D. Cohen
Merrie S. Frankel
Inga M. Golay