Scott Altman joined Cincinnati Ballet as President & CEO in September 2016. Under his visionary leadership, the Cincinnati Ballet reached its first $10M operating budget, rolled out a dynamic new logo and brand identity, experienced record-breaking ticket sales, launched the new Family Series, expanded education and outreach programs, and offered audiences more performances than ever before. In early 2020, capping a long-term ambition for Cincinnati Ballet the Company began construction of the new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. The 57,000 square foot facility will be ready for occupancy by summer 2021, will double studio spaces to 9 and accommodate for tripling our academy and educational programming to meet demand and elevated community offerings.
Altman brings with him nearly three decades of experience in nonprofit administration and performing arts. He was recently featured in Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 Most Powerful Business Leaders for 2019. Prior to his roles in administration, Altman enjoyed a 20-year career as a professional opera singer and performed 40 opera roles internationally. He has held leadership positions at Arizona Opera and Opera New Jersey, and just prior to coming to Cincinnati Ballet he was Executive Director of Ballet West. During his tenure, Ballet West experienced phenomenal expansion, including growth in ticket sales, a vastly expanded touring schedule, robust growth in donor development and the construction of a new facility for the Company. He is an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music and the State University College at Purchase. Altman attended Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, was a Utah Business’ 2016 CEO of the Year Honoree and is a three-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Citation of Excellence Award.