Cincinnati Ballet has experienced tremendous growth and success under the leadership of Victoria Morgan, now in her 24th season. In 2008, Morgan took on the role of executive leader, serving as both the Artistic Director and CEO. Under her leadership, after years of growing deficits, the company stabilized their finances, built a $13 million endowment fund (today at $14.5 million), created an operating reserve, presented several million-dollar capital projects, and expanded the Otto M. Budig Academy and Community Engagement programming. In 2017 with the arrival of Scott Altman, Victoria became a full-time Artistic Director, giving her the opportunity to focus exclusively on artistic excellence. During her tenure at Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan choreographed numerous one-act and full-length ballets, including world premieres of King Arthur’s Camelot, the new Nutcracker and her revised choreography for Cinderella. Morgan was instrumental in fundraising efforts to secure support for Cincinnati Ballet’s iconic nine-studio brand new facility, scheduled to open June 2021. With Cincinnati Ballet’s administrative and artistic team, Morgan responded to COVID-19 in a creative and science-based way, enabling Cincinnati Ballet to safely present one of the nation’s first ballet performances – with an audience! It took place outdoors at the Procter & Gamble Pavilion in September 2020.
Prior to coming to Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera and a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She served on numerous boards including Dance USA, Dance Magazine, the NEA evaluation panel, and was a judge for several International Ballet Competitions. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A. from University of Utah and was honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2009.