Michael Greer | Executive Director
Michael Greer comes to Oregon Ballet Theatre bringing leadership experience from both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Most recently having led a non-profit arts organization through a successful transition, and having previously led China side operations, projects, and sales teams for several multinational companies, Greer is excited to now be a part of Oregon Ballet Theatre.
A native of Missouri, Greer spent the early part of his life as a dancer at some of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions including Interlochen Arts Academy, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and The Royal Ballet School. Upon completing his training, he continued on to dance professionally with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of Mr. Jonas Kage.
After retiring from performing, Greer went on to complete a degree in economics with a focus in industrial organization as an Arturo Schomburg Scholar at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Greer also received an offer to continue his economics studies at Stanford University on a merit scholarship. He declined that opportunity in order to gain experience in international business as a Gilman Scholar (U.S. State Department). Greer went on to work with companies in both India and China over a nine year span, managing teams and operations at several multinational corporations. As a Mandarin speaker, Greer enjoyed a fulfilling life in China with his wife and two children.
In 2015 Greer returned to the U.S. and to the dance world to take over the position of Executive Director at Portland Ballet in Portland, Maine. Combining his considerable business experience with his passion for the arts, Greer worked to increase earned and contributed revenue resulting in a major turnaround for the organization.
Greer and his family are excited to be part of the Portland, Oregon community. He looks forward to bringing his experiences to Oregon Ballet Theatre and working with Kevin Irving and the exceptionally talented team already in place.