Rob Bailis Named Artistic and Executive Director of The Broad StageThe Broad Stage is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Bailis as Artistic and Executive Director. Bailis will succeed Jane Deknatel, who recently announced she would be stepping down from leading The Broad Stage. Bailis will begin his new position in June.
Rob Bailis joined Cal Performances in 2013 and was named Interim Artistic Director in May 2018. In this role he led the artistic planning team in curating all Cal Performances productions and presentations. Prior to that, as Associate Director, he curated the organization's dance and theater presentations, a position from which he stewarded many of Cal Performances' most established and longstanding artistic partnerships, while introducing a new generation of international talent to UC Berkeley stages.
During his tenure, Bailis was instrumental in developing collaborations with leading international artists and companies dedicated to groundbreaking contemporary work. Bailis spearheaded many recent initiatives, including Berkeley RADICAL, which has deepened the organization's commitment to thematic curation and helped attract diverse audiences from throughout the area. Bailis has been pivotal in developing a body of new work through major commissioning projects and residencies.
During the 2017–18 season, Bailis oversaw the production of Cal Performances' first exploratory Oakland series of performances held in unconventional and innovative venues throughout the city; the events on the series featured the work of artists from four countries, were performed in three languages, and included three companies making Cal Performances debuts in multidisciplinary arts forms.
Bailis also played a key role in leading Cal Performances' education and community programs, activities that support enhanced artistic literacy and envision a society where all people have the tools, opportunity, and access to fully exercise their human right to engage with the cultural practices of their communities and to make meaning from all kinds of art.
From 2003 to 2011, Bailis was the director of ODC Theater, helping to garner international visibility for the company. A frequent public speaker on arts and culture, he has been heard at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and on NPR’s West Coast Live, and has been a speaker and content provider at national conferences such as Dance USA and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
“I am honored and inspired by the invitation to join The Broad Stage as it boldly envisions its second decade,” said Rob Bailis. “From our earliest conversations there has been a synergy around our shared values of investing in creativity, engaging a diverse array of communities and building the audience of the future.”
He continued, “Even at just 10 years old, The Broad Stage is already a major player in the region, well established as a presenter of opera, concert music of all kinds and cultures and a terrific range of theater and entertainment. I offer what I hope will be a truly complementary skill set with my commitment to dance, contemporary performance and innovative multi-media formats.”
“Santa Monica College itself is a dream come true for me—by fostering self determination, articulating all forms of diversity, supporting economic access and driving social mobility, SMC fuels the very heart of our democracy and the performing arts have a major role to play in each aspect of this effort.”
Bailis went on to say, “The Broad Stage venues are exquisite and it will be my great honor to steward them. Equally exciting is the promise of engaging the city of Santa Monica and the west side of Los Angeles to explore the potentials of The Broad Stage as an entrepreneurial producer forging new partnerships. It will be an exciting challenge to learn to curate for a community that is new to me and I look forward to sharing ideas and visioning the future together.”