This is a virtual event
Join TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND’s Executive Director, Charles Santos, for a live talk with the Executive and Artistic Directors from Texas Ballet Theater, Ben Stevenson and Vanessa Logan. Hear how dance organizations like theirs stay resilient through crises, especially given the pandemic’s impact on the arts and the recent devastation to TBT's Fort Worth headquarters by Winter Storm Uri.
Tune in on Thursday, March 11th at 5pm CT on Facebook Live for this conversation. If you missed this event, or a previous salon, visit the Video tab on our Facebook page.
TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND is a dance only presenter and a catalyst for cultural collaborations. Our Virtual Santos Salon series is designed to bring our arts community together and create meaningful conversations during this difficult time. Artists need to come together, support each other, and have these conversations so we can ensure that all voices are heard, now and in the future.
About the Speakers
Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. is the longest-serving artistic director in Texas Ballet Theater history and has been instrumental in elevating Texas Ballet Theater’s company from a regional troupe to an internationally acclaimed ensemble. Since joining the Company in July of 2003, he has established himself as a prominent member of the local arts community, demonstrating his commitment to the future of ballet through education, collaboration, and his artistic vision.
A native of Portsmouth, England, Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.began his training at the Arts Education School in London. He appeared with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and English National Ballet where, as a principal dancer, he performed leading roles in all the classics. During his professional career, Stevenson received numerous awards, including 3 gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions of 1972, 1982, and 1986. His contribution to ballet, as a dancer and choreographer, influences the art of ballet at an international level. In December of 1999, Queen Elizabeth 11 named Stevenson an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Vanessa Logan, Executive Director of Texas Ballet Theater, brings over 20 years of experience in arts administration to Texas Ballet Theater. Before joining TBT, she was the Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and the Chief of Staff at Boston Ballet, where she supported operations, budgeting, staff management, and event planning.
She is a lifelong advocate for community and education arts programs and is especially committed to building youth engagement in the arts. Vanessa has presented arts administration workshops at the University of Connecticut and Simmons College. She is a proud member of DanceUSA Constituency Committee. Vanessa is an executive volunteer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program based out of Dallas. She is also a volunteer for EDGE – Empowering Dignity in Girls Everywhere. Vanessa attended The Juilliard School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College, Maryland.
Charles Santos has served as the Executive Director and Artistic Director of TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND since 2001. In his role, Charles oversees all aspects of TITAS including curation, programming, contract negotiation, and financial management. His skilled artistic vision has brought brilliant international artists to Dallas, accompanied by extensive community engagement to our community. Under his guidance, Santos has established TITAS and the City of Dallas as a significant entity on the international cultural landscape. Prior to TITAS, he founded the Austin Festival of Dance and served as the Managing Director/Development Director for Eos Orchestra, Producer for Dancers Responding to AIDS-BC/EFA, and Managing Director/Producer of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.