Linda Shelton is the Executive Director, a position she has held since 1993, and a Trustee of The Joyce Theater Foundation. Prior to this, she served as General Manager of The Joffrey Ballet. Before The Joffrey, she managed tours for the Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow Virtuosi, Sankai Juku, and worked with Philip Glass productions. In 1982–1988 she held various management positions at The Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation. Ms. Shelton began her work in the dance field as an intern at the New York State Council on the Arts, Dance Program. She holds a B. A. degree in Dance from New York University and has completed work towards her M. A. in Arts Administration, also at New York University.
Ms. Shelton is an adjunct professor in the graduate program of Arts Administration at New York University and has also taught at Marymount Manhattan College. She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, American Masters: Dance, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Toyota Choreography Award in Tokyo, and the Benois de le danse in Moscow.
In 1999, Ms. Shelton was appointed Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to furthering the arts. In 2004, she was recipient of The Documents of Dance Award given by The Dance Library of Israel. With her leadership, The Joyce Theater received the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Liberty Award in 2011. In 2015, Linda received the Dance/USA Ernie Award for empowering artists and supporting their creativity in the dance community.
Ms. Shelton currently sits on two prominent dance boards, Dance/USA and Dance/NYC. She was a trustee for Dance/USA from 1996 to 2006, served as chair from 2000-2002, and also chaired its National Roundtable. In 2013, Ms. Shelton became a Tony Award nominator for The Broadway League.