Septime Webre was appointed Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet (TWB) in June 1999 after six years as artistic director of American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey. Much in demand as a choreographer, he has created works that appear in the repertoires of many companies in North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Colorado Ballet, among others. As a dancer, Mr. Webre was featured in works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham as well as in principal and solo roles from the classical repertoire. A former member of the board of directors of Dance/USA, Mr. Webre sits on the board of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and has been honored by Young Audiences of the District of Columbia and has received a number of fellowships for his choreography. Mr. Webre is the seventh son in a large Cuban-American family. He graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in History/Pre-Law.
Appointed Managing Director of The Washington Ballet in May 2013, Espinoza transitioned from his position as Director of Artistic Operations which he began with the company in 2010. Prior to his arrival at TWB, Espinoza served as the Executive Director/Interim Artistic Director of a vibrant summer theatre company located in the mountains of Colorado. Espinoza was also the former General Manager of Colorado Ballet from 1999-2010 and from 1996 to 1999 he was the Executive Director of Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins, Colorado. Espinoza also worked with numerous performing arts organizations including Parasol Arts, Central City Opera, Fort Collins Children's Theatre, Opera Fort Collins and OpenStage Theatre and Company. He has directed a variety of theatrical productions including such favorites as The Fantasticks, Oliver!,1940's Radio Hour and Lonely Planet, the latter of which was selected for presentation in the (Colorado) Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts Gala.
Espinoza has consulted arts organizations and served on adjudication panels for grant making committees including the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Colorado Creative Industries and on festival programming committees including Intersections: A New American Arts Festival at Washington DC’s Atlas Performing Arts Center. He serves as a trustee of Dance/USA, the national service organization for the professional dance field. He continues to produce and moderate a high-profile lecture series in Denver that has featured many notable personalities. Recent honorees include U.S. President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sir Sidney Poitier, Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, actress Diane Keaton, author and journalist Marianne Pearl and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, among many others.