Director of Community Outreach
Alyson Chavez began her tenure with Milwaukee Ballet Company in August 2005. In the years since, the Community Outreach Programs have grown to serve nearly 30,000 people each year through educational programming alone. Ms. Chavez wrote the show The King Who Danced, which she co-created with Martin Fredmann while at Colorado Ballet. She brought that show to Milwaukee Ballet where it toured for two seasons. She has written three original school shows for Milwaukee: Maria & the Magnificent Dancing Doll Shoppe, Billy’s Dancing Dairy Farm, The Corps of 4 in “Dr. Injury Returns!” and The Dungeon of Doom – the ballet superhero sequel which will be on tour in February and March of 2016. She is a published poet and also frequently writes for Milwaukee Ballet’s blog, En Face. Ms. Chavez has performed the role of Grandma in Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker for three of the past four seasons. She was named as one of Milwaukee’s 40 Under 40 by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2014 and most recently led the team that created Tour de Force, a program that gives children with disabilities the opportunity to take ballet class, which was honored with a 2015 Milwaukee Business Journal Eureka Award.
During her tenure with Colorado Ballet, Ms. Chavez was a leader in the rapid growth of outreach and awareness-building resulting in a record outreach of 35,000 individuals by the end of the 2004/05 season. Ms. Chavez served as a co-chair of the Education Committee for the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District from 2003 to 2005 and as the Director of Community Outreach for Salon d’Arts during the summers of 2005 and 2006.
Ms. Chavez earned her Bachelor Degree in Political Science with honors from the University of Colorado at Denver, and she has spent the last 12 years working in both education and in the non-profit arts world. She has worked in the Denver Public School System as a bilingual paraprofessional, and has taught Spanish and Drama as a long-term substitute at the high school level. Ms. Chavez spent three years working in the Education Department of Central City Opera in Colorado as both an intern and an assistant where she helped to develop production study guides and an education brochure. She has attended Denver University’s Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado and has also taught acting in the Academy of Colorado Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program.