Damian Woetzel is a producer and director of dance and music performances. He is the artistic director of the summer Vail International Dance Festival, the Artist-in-Residence of the Aspen Institute, and is a frequent speaker on arts policy. Woetzel was a Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet from 1989 until his retirement from the stage in June of 2008, and he has choreographed a number of ballets for NYCB among other companies. Woetzel was the artistic director of the New York State Summer School for the Arts School of Ballet from 1994–2007, and he holds a Master in Public Administration Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. In November 2009 he was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Woetzel works and resides in New York City and Connecticut.