Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet, Signs Ten Year Contract
In response to the unprecedented success and growth that The Sarasota Ballet has experienced since Director Iain Webb was appointed in 2007, The Sarasota Ballet Board of Directors has issued Webb a contract for 10 years. In addition, Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri and Managing Director Mary Anne Servian have also signed new contracts. The contracts were unanimously approved by the entire Board of Directors, and ensure the long-term stability of the Company’s highly successful management team.
“Safeguarding the trio that helped transform this organization was a top priority for us,” said Hillary Steele, Chair, The Sarasota Ballet Board of Directors. “Iain has created something that the entire city of Sarasota should be proud of, and I’m confident that he and his team are going to do great things in the future.”
Webb, who originally signed a four year contract in 2007, immediately started to show artistic growth for the company, earning him the trust of the board, community and dancers. In 2011, he signed a six year contract that was to take him through the 2016 season. Since then, Webb’s unique programming, relationships, zeal and ability to recruit talented staff and dancers has eliminated the Company’s significant debt, making the Company profitable for the past three years.
“The new contracts allow Iain and our team to focus on the future growth of the Company,” explained Servian. In addition, The Sarasota Ballet has seen ticket sales quadruple since Webb arrived in Sarasota. With the addition of the 99 new ballets and divertissements that Webb has brought to the Company’s repertoire, it’s no secret why those sales have skyrocketed.
“I look forward to the forthcoming years and am very excited to see Iain’s plans come to fruition,” says Barbieri. “With Iain at the helm and Mary Anne and I working together, I’m honored to be a part of making Iain’s dreams become a reality.”
In the years ahead, Webb has big plans for the Company.“We have done great things so far and I’m extremely thankful and proud,” said Webb. “But what we’ve accomplished is the building of a strong foundation. Now, it’s time soar.”
Building on its newly developed national and international acclaim, Webb clearly envisions the day when The Sarasota Ballet is considered one of the leading ballet companies in the nation. “There’s a plan in place and we’re working towards it. It’s all about having the right people, the right support, the right programming and the right timing. It’s a lot of hard work and an endless amount of love,” said Webb. “I’m truly humbled to be given the time I need to see my vision become a reality.”
About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990 The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company, has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb since 2007, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes 99 ballet and divertissements made up of works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Hans van Manen, Andre Prokovsky, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne. Receiving national and international recognition for their diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, The Sarasota Ballet was recently noted by Sarah Kaufman, a dance critic for The Washington Post to be “…the jewel of this year’s ‘Ballet Across America,’” a 2013 showcase of the best ballet companies from across the nation at the Kennedy Center. For more information, please visit www.sarasotaballet.org or call (941) 359-0099.