Jodee Nimerichter was appointed ADF Director in January 2012. In the past four years, she launched the Shall We Dance campaign that allowed the festival to purchase year-round studios, the first permanent facilities for the organization; expanded outreach and performance programming; and produced performances in New York City. Ms. Nimerichter worked for the Festival from 1991 to 1999 and 2003 to 2011 in numerous other capacities. During her first years at ADF, she managed international dance festivals and exchange programs in over 20 countries. She also organized the first U.S. tour of The Guangdong Modern Dance Company from Guangzhou, China and was responsible for organizing the reconstruction of seven classic dance works on repertory dance companies across the United States. In 1997, she joined the production team for ADF’s Emmy Award-winning series, Free to Dance, a three-hour documentary on the African American presence in modern dance for which she was also nominated for an Emmy Award in “Research.” She also produced ADF’s Dancing in the Light (2007), a program showcasing six historic works by African American choreographers, for PBS.
Prior to returning to ADF, Ms. Nimerichter was a production member of Great Performances: Dance in America at Thirteen/WNET New York. She graduated from New York University with a degree in performing arts administration. Ms. Nimerichter currently serves on the Boards of ADF and Arts North Carolina and numerous national dance panels. She was a member of an Appalachian Summer Festival's Artistic Partnership Team in 2008 and 2009. As part of FOCUS Dance she curated programs at The Joyce Theater (2013) and NYU Skirball Center (2014) in New York City.