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Arturo Jacobus, who has been president and CEO of Atlanta Ballet for the past 12 years, will retire in July at the end of the 2020–21 performance season.

He came to Atlanta in 2009 after leadership stints with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and San Francisco Ballet. He’s credited with bringing financial stability to Atlanta Ballet, including a new multimillion-dollar production of The Nutcracker. He also expanded the footprint of the ballet’s Centre for Dance Education.

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Arturo Jacobus’ financial acumen helped Atlanta Ballet’s create its new “Nutcracker” (Photo by Gene Schiavone)

The ballet has formed a committee to conduct a national search for Jacobus’ successor.

“We are so very fortunate to have had Arturo Jacobus lead Atlanta Ballet for 12 seasons,” ballet board chair Elizabeth Adams said in a press release. “His passion for the art form has elevated the quality of our performances and inspired all who are associated with Atlanta Ballet and its Centre for Dance Education.”

Jacobus said he’s grateful for his time at Atlanta Ballet. “There are few ways I can imagine topping off my 42-year career as a chief executive in the performing arts that could be as gratifying as my time with Atlanta Ballet,” he said in the press release. “The freedom I have had to act on my strategic and creative inclinations, and the joy I have felt in seeing it all come together, is enough to keep so many wonderful memories alive for all the years that lie ahead.”

Artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin, who came to Atlanta Ballet in 2016 after retiring as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, said Jacobus was instrumental in helping him make the transition. “His stellar leadership experience coupled with his appreciation of both the art form and the people who make our shows go on have been a true inspiration to me. I feel blessed to have a professional partnership and personal friendship with someone of such dedication, honor, trust, wisdom and highest integrity.”

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