Sacramento Ballet Announces New Executive Director
National Search Results in Selection of Anthony Krutzkamp
SACRAMENTO, CA, October 23rd, 2017 – The Sacramento Ballet announces the appointment of Anthony Krutzkamp as Executive Director. Krutzkamp replaces Charles Ansbach, who stepped down after serving with distinction for over two years in September. Krutzkamp was selected from a deep candidate pool of highly accomplished executive directors, artistic directors, and managers from arts organizations across the country. Anthony has served as Manager of the second company for Kansas City Ballet (KCB II) since 2014 as well as serving as Co-artistic Director of the Kansas City Dance festival.
Anthony Krutzkamp, a former principal dancer, started his dance training with Janet Schultz of Children’s Dance Theater. After Mr. Krutzkamp attended the Cincinnati Ballet School, he began his formal training with Petrus Bosman of the Royal Ballet and David Keener. His first professional company was Kansas City Ballet. He moved on to Cincinnati Ballet, where he was promoted every season until he reached the rank of principal dancer at age 23. He performed classical roles including Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Shakrier in 1001 Nights, and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. He has also danced the lead in works by George Balanchine including Emeralds in Jewels, Theme and Variations, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky pas de deux and Chaconne.
As Director of the Kansas City Dance Festival, he has programmed repertoire by famed choreographers such as Marco Goecke, George Balanchine, Salvatore Aiello, Yuri Possokhov, Marina Kessler, Chris Stuart, Todd Bolender, Ma Cong, Douglas Lee, Penny Saunders, and Garrett Smith. Under Krutzkamp’s leadership, Pointe and Dance Magazines recognized the festival numerous times in the festival’s five-year existence.
Krutzkamp is experienced in dance performance production, marketing, leadership, management, and brings his artistically informed administrative experience to lead the Sacramento Ballet starting in October 2017. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and was recognized by the University with a diploma of high honors.
Devon Carney, Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet, says:
Having known Anthony Krutzkamp for the past 15-plus years in a variety of settings over the course of his extensive career in the arts, it has been rewarding to witness his steady growth as a leader. Although we here at Kansas City Ballet are all sad to see Mr. Krutzkamp depart our organization, we are equally elated for the new position that he is taking on. This appointment will continue to utilize all his exceptional skills. On behalf of Jeff Bentley, our Executive Director, and all of the Kansas City Ballet I wish him all the greatest success in this new chapter. It is with full confidence that we believe he will be a great addition to the Sacramento Ballet organization and can only be of a positive influence in the larger Sacramento arts and cultural community.
Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda Cunningham, Artistic Directors for the Sacramento Ballet, expressed their support, saying:
We’re pleased to welcome someone with Anthony’s executive background to join us in leading the Sacramento Ballet. Anthony comes to us at a critical juncture and a turning point of the company. We look forward to working with him and sharing our vision for the Sacramento Ballet.
Anthony Krutzkamp states: “I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside two Artistic Directors of such high standing with a rich history of creative accomplishments. Together we will succeed in raising the bar even higher for the Sacramento Ballet.”
Pictured: Tricia Sundbeck and Anthony Krutzkamp in Cincinnati Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet.
Photo by Jeff Corcoran