Celia Fushille - Council Chair, Artistic Directors

As Artistic Director since 2007,Celia Fushille has been leading the artistic vision of the Company and increasing its reputation as San Francisco’s premier contemporary American ballet company. A founding member of Smuin Ballet and its principal dancer for more than 12 years, Fushille worked closely with founder, Michael Smuin. In a performing career spanning 25 years, she appeared on stages in the U.S. and Europe, on television and in film. As Artistic Director, she has expanded the repertoire of the company by commissioning 13 premieres and adding the work of renowned choreographers while maintaining Smuin’s legacy. From 2008-2014 Fushille also served as Executive Director of the Company.

She has also been part of the national discussion addressing the dearth of female leaders among U.S. dance companies and participated in the Glass Slipper Ceiling Symposium, a national panel moderated by Anna Kisselgoff, former dance critic of The New York Times.