For the 1988-89 season, Stephen D. Swindle will serve a second year as chairman of Ballet West's board of trustees. Also comprising the executive committee are Ian M. Cumming and C. Philip Bamberger as vice chairmen; Christina C. Lee, secretary; and Edward F. Bates, treasurer.
Swindle is a senior partner in the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy, and his many other community services include board member of the University of Utah Alumni Association, the Utah Arts Festival Foundation, and the Legal Center for the Handicapped. He has been a trustee for Ballet West since 1979.Cumming is chairman of the board of Leucadia National Corp. and of PHLCORP and a member of the Utah Board of Regents. Bamberger, a commercial real estate broker, joined the ballet board in 1983. He also serves on boards of Salt Lake Boys and Girls Clubs, Westminster College business school, and the Utah Arthritis Foundation.
Lee came to the ballet board in 1987 from the Ballet Guild, where she served six years. She has given service to the Museum of Natural history and Rowland Hall-St. Marks School. Bates, an officer in Coopers & Lybrand accounting firm, is a member of Pioneer Theatre Company's advisory board, and accounting advisory boards for Utah State University and Brigham Young University.
Noting that Ballet West has adopted a budget of more than $3.5 million, the largest in its history, Swindle identified four areas that will be of special concern to the board during the coming season: artistic programming, live music, public awareness and aggressive marketing.
"We feel that John Hart has selected an outstanding season next year, and we have contracted with the Utah Symphony for live music throughout, beginning with `Romeo and Juliet' in September. We feel a vital, energetic relationship with the symphony is essential," said Swindle.
"We hope to sell the company better than ever next year. We need to dramatically increase support, raise community consciousness and enlist individual as well as corporate contributions. Though the `Save the Ballet' campaign last year was successful in reaching its goal, the funds came mostly from a few people. Our patrons do not by and large contribute to the ballet, and we need help from the man on the street, who gives next to nothing.
"Utah needs to expand its economy, provide good education, and build up the infrastructure of its culture," Swindle continued. "If we should lose our cultural institutions, it would hurt us badly. About the only positive news that gets out of Utah these days is the repute of its cultural institutions.
"We also need more visibility. After all these years, the theater does not have a marquee, where we can advertise coming events. People don't even know where to find the theater. We need such basics as signs."
Also joining the 50-member board of Ballet West this season are new members Charles L. Bates, Deborah S. Bayle, Travis L. Bowen, Sally R. Burbidge, Robert J. Eaton, Judy W. Fillmore, Jim Herbster, Kathleen P. Hillis, Stephen C. Jacobsen, Robert G. Love, Joseph K. Mitchell, Brent L. Moosman, John H. Morgan, Bradley H. Olch, Beverly L. Ozmun, Nila Petersen, Robyn E. Simmons, James W. Smith, Philip M. Thompson and Alma Welch.