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Michael M. Kaiser is the President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C. An honors graduate of Brandeis and the MIT Sloan School of Management, he studied vocal music, which instilled within him a passion for the arts. Kaiser hoped for a career as an opera singer, but instead focused his career on management consulting. He joined the Kansas City Ballet in 1985 when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. Within two years, Kaiser revamped and energized the troupe's fundraising and attracted critical acclaim through ambitious programming initiatives. In 1991, he joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as executive director. The company faced extreme challenges but Kaiser soon erased its deficit and enhanced their international image. Kaiser became the leader of the American Ballet Theatre in 1995 when the company was struggling and on the brink of closure. He revamped the touring program, reaching out to cities across the United States as well as Asia and Europe, created new education programs to nurture new dancers, and fueled new marketing programs that helped eliminate their accumulated debt. Kaiser was soon hailed in the media as the "Turnaround King' of the arts world. In 1998, he assumed the leadership of the Royal Opera House in London, which faced a projected $30 million deficit and a firestorm of criticism from the public and its patrons. Within two years, the deficit was paid off, a new building was completed, and an endowment fund was established. In 2001, Kaiser joined the Kennedy Center as president, and over the following ten years, enhanced the Center's status as the nation's center for the performing arts, creating an educational forum and fellowship program for young arts administrators.

Michael Kaiser Academy of Achievement

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Michael M. Kaiser is the President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C. An honors graduate of Brandeis and the MIT Sloan School of Management, he studied vocal music, which instilled within him a passion for the arts. Kaiser hoped for a career as an opera singer, but instead focused his career on management consulting. He joined the Kansas City Ballet in 1985 when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. Within two years, Kaiser revamped and energized the troupe's fundraising and attracted critical acclaim through ambitious programming initiatives. In 1991, he joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as executive director. The company faced extreme challenges but Kaiser soon erased its deficit and enhanced their international image. Kaiser became the leader of the American Ballet Theatre in 1995 when the company was struggling and on the brink of closure. He revamped the touring program, reaching out to cities across the United States as well as Asia and Europe, created new education programs to nurture new dancers, and fueled new marketing programs that helped eliminate their accumulated debt. Kaiser was soon hailed in the media as the "Turnaround King' of the arts world. In 1998, he assumed the leadership of the Royal Opera House in London, which faced a projected $30 million deficit and a firestorm of criticism from the public and its patrons. Within two years, the deficit was paid off, a new building was completed, and an endowment fund was established. In 2001, Kaiser joined the Kennedy Center as president, and over the following ten years, enhanced the Center's status as the nation's center for the performing arts, creating an educational forum and fellowship program for young arts administrators.

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    Michael Kaiser 2005 New York Symposium

    Michael Kaiser 2005 New York Symposium

    In this video podcast, recorded at the 2005 International Achievement Summit in New York City, Michael Kaiser discusses his career and tells the Academy's student delegates about the challenges he has faced as the leader of prestigious non-profit arts institutions.

    • 6 min
    Michael Kaiser 2005 Pebble Beach Symposium

    Michael Kaiser 2005 Pebble Beach Symposium

    In this audio podcast, recorded for the Academy of Achievement in Pebble Beach, California in 2005, Michael Kaiser shares his passion for the performing arts. He addresses some of the challenges facing funding for the arts and describes his efforts to promote on-site training in arts organizations around the world.

    • 17 min

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