CHICAGO (July 2, 2024) – The Joffrey Ballet announces Tatiana Bustos as the inaugural fellow of The Joffrey Ballet Fellowship. Following the program's posting in December, Bustos was chosen from a diverse pool of candidates throughout Chicago. For the next 12 months, she will gain hands-on experience working alongside leadership in Joffrey's Advancement Department, focusing on fundraising and marketing strategies while learning the inner workings of a world-renowned ballet company. 

Bustos is passionate about arts advocacy and believes it is essential for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to have access to live performing arts productions. A recent graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, Bustos has worked as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and as an Education Intern at the Steppenwolf Theatre. Bustos has over seven years of experience in arts administration throughout the city, having served on teen advisory councils at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Teen Arts Pass, and the Goodman Theatre. 

The Joffrey Ballet Fellowship was developed out of the Joffrey's several-year partnership with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management by 22-23 Kellogg Board Fellow Nick Molcsan, who designed the program to continue the Joffrey's longstanding commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

Through the launch of this new program, the organization continues its efforts to develop the next generation of arts leaders. Upon completion, these leaders will learn an abundance of transferable administration skills, ensuring a robust and diverse future for the arts.

Learn more about The Joffrey Ballet Fellowship here.

About The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the world today, with a reputation for boundary-breaking performances for more than 60 years. The Joffrey repertoire is an extensive collection of all-time classics, modern masterpieces, and original works. 

Founded in 1956 by pioneers Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, the Joffrey remains dedicated to artistic expression, innovation, and first-rate education and engagement programming. The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater MBE and President and CEO Greg Cameron.

The Joffrey Ballet is grateful for the support of its 2023–2024 Season Sponsors: Abbott Fund, Alphawood Foundation Chicago, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, Margot and Josef Lakonishok, Anne L. Kaplan, and The Florian Fund. Live Music Sponsors: Sandy and Roger Deromedi, Sage Foundation, The Marina and Arnold Tatar Fund for Live Music. The Joffrey also acknowledges our Season Partners: ATHLETICO and Chicago Athletic Clubs.