Charles Reinhart

Charles L. Reinhart has worked as a producer, manager, festival director, consultant and administrator in the arts since 1955. President of the American Dance Festival (ADF) since 1968, he was Co-Director with the late Stephanie Reinhart from 1993-2002. Mr. Reinhart is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), where he is the Dance Chair. Mr. Reinhart has been the recipient of numerous awards including: The Morrison Award for service to the arts in the State of North Carolina (1985); Dance/USA's Honors for lifetime achievement in dance (1994); the Capezio Dance Award (1996); the Diaghilev Award (1997); the Dance Notation Bureau Service Award (1999); the Dance Magazine Award (2003), which he received along with the late Stephanie Reinhart; and the Arts Presenters' Award of Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts (2011). Mr. Reinhart and Stephanie Reinhart were awarded an Emmy as Executive Producers of the 2001 PBS Series, Free to Dance: The African American Presence in Modern Dance. In 1986, the French government awarded Mr. Reinhart with the title of Officier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his efforts in introducing French modern dance to the United States. In 2002, he was honored again by the French Government, receiving the title of Commandeur dans l'ordre des Artes et des Lettres. Duke University conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts upon Mr. Reinhart in 2003. Mr. Reinhart served as Co-Artistic Director for Dance at the Kennedy Center with Stephanie Reinhart from 1996-2002, and as Artistic Director from 2002-2004. From 1967-1978, Mr. Reinhart developed and was the National Coordinator of the National Endowment for the Arts's Dance Touring Program. He also developed the dance component of the NEA's Artists-in-Schools Program and served as its National Coordinator from 1970-1981. In addition to serving on dance panels for the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, he was the U.S. representative of the International Theatre Institute's dance committee. He has also served on the Boards of the Dance Notation Bureau and the Town School, and was Vice President of the World Dance Alliance. Mr. Reinhart helped implement the 1966 Cultural Presentation Program of the U.S. Department of State. He worked with the Asia Society Performing Arts Program in the early 1960's, and in the early 1970's was a member of its Advisory Committee. In 1974, in addition to directing the ADF, he also directed the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. He has produced many dance events in New York City including: the City Center Spring Dance Festival (1969-73); the dance seasons at the Anta Theater and the City Center for Music and Drama (1968-73); and the Dance Repertory Season at the Billy Rose Theatre (1969). In the 1960s Mr. Reinhart managed internationally renowned dance companies including the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Meredith Monk/The House, the Glen Tetley Dance Company, the Don Redlich Dance Company, the Lucas Hoving Dance Company and the Donald McKayle Dance Company, among others. His mentors were Richard Pleasant, founder of American Ballet Theatre, and Isadora Bennett, manager and publicist in theater and dance and founder of Asia Society's Performing Arts Program. Mr. Reinhart has written articles for The New York Times, Dance Magazine and the North Carolina Medical Journal. He served as a military historian in Korea in 1953-54. Mr. Reinhart graduated Newark Rutgers in 1952 and studied at the graduate school of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1956-57.