A native of Spooner, Wisconsin, Gretchen Bourg has spent her career in the dance world moving from dancer to teacher to administrative leader, serving as Madison Ballet’s General Manager since September 2011. Ms. Bourg brings over 15 years of experience as a business manager, community leader, educator and performer to Madison Ballet.
As General Manager of Madison Ballet, Ms. Bourg oversees the operations of the company dancers, education and outreach programs, the School of Madison Ballet, administrative and production staff and program faculty, as well as having oversight of the company's $1.1 million budget.
Ms. Bourg is actively involved in the community. She is on the review panel for the Overture Center’s Tommy Awards and is a Master Teacher with the Overture Center’s Arts Initiative pilot program. Ms. Bourg also teaches Pilates at SMB.
As a performer, Ms. Bourg has performed a number of corps and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. She has also performed repertory pieces for Pure Ballet!, the MSO Grand Viennese Ball and the grand opening festivities for the Overture Center. Ms. Bourg believes her experience as a dancer has given her a unique understanding of the performing arts and its essential role in the community at large.
Ms. Bourg is married to Perry Bourg and the couple resides in Madison with their daughter, Louisianna.