Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Anne Ewers


Anne Ewers
President & CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc.

In July, 2007 Anne Ewers assumed the role of President & CEO of Kimmel Center, Inc. The $35 million organization owns and operates the Kimmel Center and manages the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theatre, homes to eight resident companies. The Kimmel Center also presents a panoply of its own offerings including Broadway, jazz and popular mix.

In her inaugural year with the Center, the Company retired its $30 million construction debt, raised the endowment from $40 million to $72 million and garnered $10 million to establish a biennial city-wide festival, The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Launched in 2011 and repeated in 2013, the Festival has drawn over 600,000 attendees, driving $79.3 million into the region’s economy. In tandem with Kieran Timberlake Architects, the Company has developed a Master Plan for which $14 million has been raised to improve Verizon Hall acoustics, renovate Hamilton Garden and Innovation Studio and open Volvér with famed iron chef Jose Garces.

Anne Ewers became President & CEO of Utah Symphony & Opera in July 2002 following the merger of the two performing arts organizations. During her tenure, she doubled the organization's endowment from $18 million to $36 million, turned a structural deficit of $1.8 million into a $360,000 surplus, founded the Deer Valley Music Festival which generates $1.9 million annually, launched the symphony on its first European tour in 19 years netting $850,000 and recorded the symphony's first CD in 15 years.

From 1991-2002, she was General Director of Utah Opera. She successfully increased the Opera's budget from $1.5 million to $5 million, grew the subscription base by 20 percent, expanded the seasonal repertoire from three to four main stage productions and surpassed two capital campaign goals raising more than $8 million.

Prior to joining Utah Opera, Ms. Ewers' positions included General Director of Boston Lyric Opera from 1984-1989 where she retired a $450,000 deficit, built an endowment fund and added two main stage productions. From 1979-1981 she was an assistant stage director at San Francisco Opera.

An accomplished opera stage director, Ms. Ewers' most recent stage productions include Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins of the Petite Bourgeoisie in 2002-03 and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in 2004-05. Both were directed for Utah Symphony & Opera. She made her main stage debut with the San Francisco Opera in 1988-89 directing La Gioconda. Other artistic highlights include her direction of Wagner's Ring performed in Boston and New York for Boston Lyric Opera as well as the direction of more than 60 other opera productions over the course of her career.

Active in her community and in several professional organizations, Ms. Ewers serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Board of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and is a member of the Philadelphia Women’s Forum. She is also a frequent panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ms. Ewers has a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and Bachelor of Music from Fontbonne University (1974) and a Master of Music in opera production from the University of Texas at Austin (1977).