Maria Kowroski became Acting Artistic Director of New Jersey Ballet in November 2021 and Artistic Director in September 2022. Her appointment as Artistic Director has infused New Jersey Ballet with a new creative energy fueling an artistic renaissance in New Jersey. In a short period of time, Ms. Kowroski has expanded the repertory of New Jersey Ballet to include a number of works by renowned choreographers including George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins. Ms. Kowroski recently commissioned a new work by Harrison Ball, principal dancer at New York City Ballet. The new work included a collaboration with world renowned fashion designer Zac Posen who designed the costumes. The work’s world premiere was on November 19, 2022 where it received rave reviews and a standing ovation.
Building upon New Jersey Ballet’s sixty-four year history, Ms. Kowroski’s new artistic vision calls for expanding the Company’s repertory, adding performances and venues, expanding workweeks for the artists, establishing new collaborations with other arts organizations and growing community programming that establishes diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Ms. Kowroski plans to leverage her experience and connections with the world’s leading choreographers to bring new repertory to communities throughout New Jersey.