Academy Leadership

In 2016, the Joffrey Academy of Dance announced a major leadership reorganization allowing The Joffrey Ballet's Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater to serve as Artistic Director for both the Academy and the Company, assuming creative leadership across the organization. José Carayol acts as Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program and Karin Ellis-Wentz acts as Head of Pre-Professional Programs, reporting to Raymond Rodriguez, Academy Director.

Ashley Wheater MBE

The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director

Raymond Rodriguez

Academy Director

José Carayol

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

Karin Ellis-Wentz

Head of Pre-Professional Programs

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Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other dance training or school program, including the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The Joffrey Academy, located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois is the only school that follows the organizational mission, training syllabi, and artistic vision of The Joffrey Ballet. No other program, including those holding the Joffrey name, is sanctioned by The Joffrey Ballet. For more information, please contact Academy Reception at 312.784.4600.