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Richmond Ballet Director to Leave Post

Keith Martin to resume consulting at the end of the season.

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The managing director of the Richmond Ballet is stepping down.

Keith Martin, who's been with the ballet since 2003, is leaving his post to resume his former arts consulting practice. “This has been a long time coming,” he tells Style. “People shouldn't be too surprised by this.” He will continue to assist the 27-year-old company until the end of the 2010-11 season.

Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett says in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon: “When Keith joined our staff, he committed to stay for three years, and his tenure has been twice that length of time. There will always be a special place in my heart for Keith. He has helped lead the Richmond Ballet through one of the most exciting periods in our history and a time when the company has reached new heights and national renown.”

Martin's career in the arts and entertainment field spans 35 years. In addition to his work at Richmond Ballet, he chaired the steering committee for Minds Wide Open, a statewide initiative that celebrated women in the arts. Last January he won a regional Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his production work on the PBS documentary, “Coming Out ~ Coming In: Faith, Identity, and Belonging.”

“We wish Keith all the best as he returns to arts consulting and feel confident that many organizations will benefit from his depth of experience and knowledge,” Libby Robertson, chairman of the Ballet's Board of Trustees, says in a prepared statement. “Given the state of the economy, and the fact that the Ballet is embarking on a long-range planning process, we are going to leave the Managing Director position unfilled until the planning process is complete.”

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