Prior to relocating to Asheville, NC in June 2019, Phil Reynolds was Executive Director of Chicago Dancers United from 2016-2019. Previously, he was Executive Director of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago’s leading presenter of contemporary dance for seventeen years. Reynolds has more than 30 years of experience as a performing arts presenter, fundraiser and community organizer.
At The Dance Center, Reynolds presented more than 140 world-class national, international, and regional contemporary dance companies in extended campus-based residencies. Those residencies were a model for the integration of public performances, learning opportunities for students, and community engagement initiatives. Under his leadership, The Dance Center launched numerous programs and initiatives, including its Family Dance Matinee series, a subsidized theater rental program, and the Friends of the Dance Center individual donor program.
Prior to moving to Chicago in 1998, Reynolds was Director of Catamount Film and Arts Company, an exemplary rural multi-disciplinary arts presenter and local arts agency in St. Johnsbury, VT (population, 7,500). For seven years at Catamount, he had the pleasure of curating and presenting a host of world class performing artists from various disciplines, while concurrently building the organization’s essential community arts profile with a gallery for regional visual artists, public art classes and performance workshops for children and adults, a regional cultural tourism initiative, a state-wide partnership with Head Start sites, and a nightly film series of foreign and independent American films.
Mr. Reynolds began his professional career at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, where he served as Membership Director and Director of Planning and Government Grants for the world renowned presenting organization for three years. Also in New York, he was Executive Director of the Nikolais and Murray Louis Foundation for Dance, and a development consultant for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
Reynolds is deeply active in the professional field both nationally and internationally. He has served on funding panels for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Illinois Arts Council, Vermont Arts Council, Connecticut Arts Commission, and Chamber Music America, among others.
Phil Reynolds was awarded the Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2006 for his work with Franco phonic African choreographers. In 2004, he was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts, Dance.” Newcity Publications recognized Reynolds as a “Top Ten Player” in the arts and culture in Chicago in 2011. Reynolds graduated with a BA in English from Middlebury College and an MFA in Arts Management from Columbia University in the City of New York.