Aaron Greenwald

Aaron GreenwaldSince 2006, Aaron Greenwald has served as the Executive Director of Duke Performances. The organization has a 2.2 million dollar budget and serves upwards of 35,000 patrons annually — roughly 8,500 of whom are Duke students. Duke Performances has commissioned, developed, and premiered major new work 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 — these shows are staged in a network of more than a dozen venues both on campus and in Durham — and span every conceivable genre. A hallmark of Greenwald’s tenure has been anexpansion of 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 and The New York Comedy Festival. He also spent several years producing Country music videos in Nashville. Greenwald received a BA/MFA in Theater from Columbia University and was awarded a post-graduate Fulbright to study theater in South Africa.