Ballet News

Paul Kaine named new Executive Director for Ballet Idaho

(Boise, Idaho) January 6, 2011 Ballet Idaho Board Chairman Pat March named Paul D. Kaine as its new executive director of Ballet Idaho, effective January 10, 2011. Paul is currently the Principal Partner of KPK Consulting, LLC, in Nashville, TN. Arts Consulting Group (ACG), a national arts management firm, coordinated the national search process to hire Kaine. As was planned when she joined Ballet Idaho, current Executive Director Julie Numbers Smith is concluding her interim tenure after serving transitionally to help shape Ballet Idaho as its own independent Company under Peter Anastos’ artistic direction. In his role as Executive Director, in partnership with Artistic Director Peter Anastos, Kaine will develop a strategic vision that grows Ballet Idaho’s Company and Academy. He also will provide managerial direction to the organization to achieve the artistic and entrepreneurial goals established in tandem with the Board and Anastos. “Paul will serve as the chief translator of Ballet Idaho’s strategic, artistic and educational goals into a language of best business practices that drives institutional vibrancy and sustainability,” said March. “His extensive experience will help broaden the dialogue about why it is imperative to embrace Ballet Idaho as a vital component of the quality of life in Boise.” Kaine has been actively involved in performing arts management and leadership since the early nineties. In all of his leadership roles at various ballets around the U.S, he has made lasting operational, marketing and fund development changes. His performing arts career started when he served as a stage and production manager: His first lead administrative role was with Ballet Austin, which led to Executive leadership roles with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Nashville Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet., In his most recent job as a principal partner in KPK Consulting, LLC, in Nashville, Kaine provides operational assessments for non-profit organizations, as well as strategic business planning, board and fund development and marketing and public relations campaigns. During his career, Kaine has been successful creating and launching fund development campaigns and providing stable financial leadership. At the Cincinnati Ballet, Kaine reduced expenses by more than $100,000 and launched the Cincinnati Ballet’s first endowment campaign. He also increased young audience involvement in the ballet and drove net ticket income up by ten percent. While in Nashville, Kaine increased the operating budget by nearly 30 percent and established a reserve account of more than $200,000. He also increased ballet school enrollment by 15 percent during his tenure and launched a $2 million capital campaign to underwrite a new Nutcracker. “My wife and and I are excited about the move to Boise and contributing to Ballet Idaho’s continued evolution under Peter Anastos’ artistic and creative leadership,” said Kaine. “It is clear, from our interactions with volunteer leadership, Academy parents and students, donors and the talented Company dancers, that Ballet Idaho is a well respected organization that touches thousands of lives in the Treasure Valley. To increase the size of the family of supporters and Ballet Idaho’s impact is an amazing opportunity,” Kaine said.