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Columbia College Chicago
Phil Reynolds

Phil Reynolds

Phil Reynolds

Executive Director

Email: preynolds@colum.edu
Phone: (312) 369-8319

Phil Reynolds began his tenure as Executive Director of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago's leading presenter of contemporary dance, in 1998, and has more than 20 years of experience as a performing arts presenter. Reynolds oversees The Dance Center's annual presenting season. Additionally, he has taught as an adjunct faculty member for the Dance Department's BFA degree program.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Reynolds was Director of Catamount film and Arts Company, an exemplary multi-disciplinary arts presenter and local arts agency in St. Johnsbury, VT (pop. 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 classes and workshops for children and adults, 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.

At The Dance Center, Reynolds has presented more than 100 world-class national, international, and regional contemporary dance companies in extended campus-based residencies. These residencies are a model for the integration of public performances, learning opportunities for students, and community engagement initiatives. Under his leadership, The Dance Center has launched numerous programs and initiatives, including its FamilyDance Matinee series, a subsidized theater rental program, and the Friends of the Dance Center individual donor program.

In addition to his curatorial and executive management responsibilities at The Dance Center, Reynolds is deeply active in the professional field both nationally and internationally. In 2008, Reynolds accepted a three-year appointment to represent The Dance Center as a National Dance Project Hub site (New England Foundation for the Arts). He served on funding panels for Creative Capital's Multi-Arts Production Fund (Doris Duke Charitable Trust), The Japan Foundation, Dance Advance (Pew Charitable Trusts), Illinois Arts council, Vermont Arts council, Connecticut Arts Commission, and Chamber Music America, among others.

Reynolds' lifelong interest in Asian performing arts has impacted on his curation and research. He has traveled professionally in China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Nepal, Taiwan, and Thailand. He served on the Advisory Committee for The Japan Foundation's Performing Arts JAPAN program (2000-2005), and has been an advisor to the Contemporary Dance Association of Japan (2001). Reynolds was a member of the research teams for The Mekong Project (2000) and the Yunnan China Ethnic Minority Arts program (2003). In 1997, he participated in the New England Foundation for the Arts' U.S.-Asia Presenter Mentor Program. He has presented or produced several international cultural exchange projects with Asian artists, including Bharatanatyam in the Diaspora - Spiritual, Classical and Contemporary, a four-day international conference and festival of classical and contemporary Indian dance hosted by The Dance Center in September 2001.

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 Francophonic African choreographers and their companies. In 2004, he was named by the Chicago Tribune "Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts, Dance."He was recognized by New City Publications in 2011 as one of Chicago's "Top Ten Players" in arts and culture.

Reynolds received a BA in English from Middlebury College and an MFA in Arts Management from Columbia University.