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 Managing Director since June 2018. Ms. Bourg brings over 20 years of experience as a business manager, community leader, educator and performer to Madison Ballet.
As Managing Director 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.
Under her leadership, Madison Ballet’s community engagement programming grew from a modest partnership with Dane County’s Head Start classrooms to a thriving series of programs touching the lives of over 15,000 individuals each year. The School of Madison Ballet, which opened its doors in 2005, now enrolls over 350 students annually. And in May 2019, the company relocated to bright new studio/office space on Odana Road.
An engaging educator, Ms. Bourg received a BS in Arts Education from the University of Wisconsin in Menonomie and has enjoyed working with young artists throughout her career. She was a staff member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI, and subsequently relocated to Madison in 1994, where she spent nearly 10 years honing her business skills in the printing industry before joining Madison Ballet.
Ms. Bourg is actively involved in the community. She serves on the Resident Company Advisory Board for Overture Center for the Arts and is a member of Leadership Greater Madison's Class of 2018. She also serves on the Madison Metropolitan School District's Parent Advisory Board and is active with the Van Hise Elementary PTO. Ms. Bourg previously taught ballet technique, pointe, and 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.