Michael Greer, Photo by Nathan EldridgePhoto by Michael Slobodian

Michael Greer | Executive Director

Michael Greer brings leadership experience from both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. As a former professional dancer and experienced executive, Michael enjoys using his diverse background to bring new ideas and innovative solutions to the performing arts.

In his third season at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Michael continues to work with community leaders to keep dance and the performing arts in the conversations surrounding community and growth. In addition to leading the organization into its fifth year of financial success, during Michael’s tenure as Executive Director, OBT has seen record numbers of patrons, students, and donors. He is proud of the team at Oregon Ballet Theatre and the work they are doing to advance the organization’s mission to Share, Inspire, and Connect through dance. In addition to his role as Executive Director, Michael also enjoys serving his community as a Trustee on the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and as a Gubernatorial appointee on the Oregon Arts Commission.

A native of Missouri, Michael spent the early part of his life as a dancer with stints at Interlochen Arts Academy, School of American Ballet, and The Royal Ballet School. He spent six seasons with Ballet West under the direction of Jonas Kåge, performing a wide variety of soloist roles. Upon retirement from performance, he returned to higher education with studies in economics (B.A.), education (M.Ed), and business administration (M.B.A.) from Hampshire College, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and The Wharton School respectively.

Prior to returning to the non-profit sector, Greer spent nearly a decade in leadership and executive roles in manufacturing, financial services, and commodities in India and Mainland China for several multinational firms.

As a husband and father of two, Michael and his family are proud to call Oregon their home. As a leader in the State’s arts community, he is humbled by the opportunity to steward its arts and culture for future generations and looks forward to another fantastic season with OBT, bringing the passion of the arts to all of Oregon.