Ballet BC Announces Search for New Executive Director and Departure of John Clark

June 14, 2022—Vancouver, BC

Today Ballet BC announces that Executive Director John Clark will leave the company after a successful five-year tenure. A search for a new Executive Director will begin as soon as possible, and John will continue in his position with Ballet BC in the interim period.

John joined Ballet BC in March 2017. Throughout his tenure, the company achieved a number of significant milestones, including the cultivation and development of our subscriber base, the elevation of our international touring program, an Artistic Director transition with the welcome of Medhi Walerski, and the realization of a new home on Granville Island. John’s leadership and stewardship of Ballet BC’s finances also permitted the company to successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Ballet BC’s reputation as one of the world’s top contemporary dance companies has continued to strengthen locally, nationally, and globally under John’s leadership,” says Linda Brown, Chair of the Board. “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I thank him for his determination, commitment, and passion. Because of his contributions, the company is well-positioned to launch a search for a new leader who will continue to build on John’s accomplishments and bring a fresh perspective for the future.”

“It has been a joy and honour to help lead Ballet BC through some incredibly rewarding times, in addition to times of unforeseen challenge,” says John Clark. “The organization is in an excellent place and entering an era of great opportunity under Medhi’s leadership, which also makes this an appropriate time for a new Executive Director. Ballet BC has been an inspiring and meaningful chapter in my career, and I look forward to seeing all that comes next for the company.”

Ballet BC Artistic Director Medhi Walerski adds, “It has been a pleasure to work with John over the past two seasons. He has been an exceptional support to Ballet BC and to me personally since joining the company. His guidance was instrumental as we navigated through the challenges of the pandemic and onto a hugely successful season marking our return to live performance. I thank John for his steadfast dedication to the company over the past five years, congratulate him on all he has accomplished, and wish him the best for his next chapter.”

Ballet BC is grateful for the leadership and vision John has provided over the past five years. The company’s Board of Directors, artistic and administrative staff, and dancers wish him great success in his future endeavours.

John Clark. Image by Michael Slobodian.