Sam Miller | 2012 Dance/USA ‘Ernie’ Honoree
Sam Miller began his career in theater at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. His subsequent work in the theater, primarily as a stage manager, was at Hartman Theater, American Place Theater, Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, and the Folger Theatre.
Sam’s first job in dance was as Founding Managing Director of Arizona Ballet in Phoenix, Arizona. He then worked at Pennsylvania Ballet as Development Director before joining Pilobolus as Managing Director. After Pilobolus, he joined Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1987 as Managing Director, becoming Executive Director and President in 1990.
In 1995, Sam became Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), where he launched regional and national projects including the National Dance Project, the Center for Creative Research, the Contemporary Art Centers Network, and the Favorite Poem Project with Robert Pinsky.
After ten years at NEFA, Sam became President of Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative to improve conditions for independent artists in the US. In 2010, he became President of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC).
In 1991, Sam founded the Cambodian Artists Project, a continuing effort to restore and advance Cambodian performing arts. He currently serves on the Board of Amrita in Phnom Penh. Sam also founded and is the Director of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Sam serves as President of the LINC Board and on the advisory board of ODC/SF. Sam has produced the Jamison Project, Men Dancers, The Ted Shawn Legacy, Dance the Spirit of Cambodia, and the Eiko and Koma Retrospective Project and served as artistic advisor on White Oak Dance Project’s “Past/Forward.” Consulting clients have included the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts and Culture, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Danspace Project, IMG, and ArtsEmerson.
Sam is a graduate of Wesleyan University and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and New York City with his wife Anne. They have two grown sons, Alex and Owen.