Aaron Greenwald has served as the Executive Director of Duke Performances since 2006. During this time, Duke Performances has commissioned, developed, and premiered more than 40 new works, including projects from composers Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, and Jason Moran; choreographers / dance companies Shen Wei Dance Arts, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Urban Bush Women; and musicians Bon Iver, Simone Dinnerstein, Branford Marsalis, and The Bad Plus, amongst others. In addition to commissioning and developing new work, Duke Performances maintains an annual schedule of roughly 80 performances — shows that are staged in a network of more than a dozen venues both on campus and in Durham — spanning every conceivable genre. A hallmark of Greenwald’s tenure has been a vast expansion of Duke Performances' classical programming, including Chamber Arts, Piano Recital, and Vocal Ensemble series. Prior to arriving at Duke, Greenwald helped conceive and produce The New Yorker Festival, The New York Comedy Festival, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. He also spent several years producing Country music videos in Nashville, including those featuring Alan Jackson, The Dixie Chicks, and Kenny Chesney. Greenwald received a Bachelor of the Arts and Masters of Fine Arts in Theater from Columbia University and was awarded a postgraduate Fulbright to study theater in South Africa.
Bio Sep 2018 / Photo credit: INDY / D.L. Anderson