Milwaukee Ballet Announces New Development Director


Ashley Franks
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Milwaukee Ballet Announces New Development Director

MILWAUKEE – August 16, 2010 – Milwaukee Ballet has hired Angela Reilly as Development Director. This new position will play a critical role in helping the Ballet accomplish key fundraising objectives defined within its recently developed strategic plan.

Reilly brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to the Ballet, with 10 years of fundraising experience for the Eye Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin. While at the Eye Institute, Reilly took the organization’s fundraising progress from $200,000 annually to over $500,000. In addition to focusing on major gifts, her other responsibilities included annual giving, research, grant writing and marketing. Prior to her position at the Eye Institute, Reilly worked as a public relations professional at a local communications agency.

Her passion for the art form is evident, as she spent most of her formative years training as a dancer and nearly sought a professional career in dance before deciding to attend Marquette University to pursue an English degree.

“Angela has a great combination of fund development and marketing experience that will strengthen our senior leadership team,” said Dennis Buehler, Executive Director of Milwaukee Ballet. “Her background as a well-respected and highly skilled fundraiser will help us work toward achieving our long term strategic objectives.”

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 16 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Ballet kicks off the 2010-11 season in October with Esmeralda, Artistic Director Michael Pink’s adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, on stage October 28-31, 2010 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Other season shows and performance dates are as follows: The Nutcracker (December 10-26, 2010), Genesis: International Choreographic Competition (February 10-13, 2011), Three (March 31-April 3, 2011) and Coppélia (May 19-22, 2011).

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