Rachel S. Moore is president and CEO of The Music Center, Los Angeles’ premier performing arts center. In that capacity, she leads the $70-million company that manages The Music Center campus and operates and programs Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. Moore also oversees The Music Center’s programming work created by its programming engine, The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts). She serves as presenter and curator of an internationally acclaimed dance series, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, as well as several innovative programs, events, and activities that introduce new audiences to the performing arts. Additionally, she guides The Music Center’s multi-faceted K-12 arts education initiatives, which reach more than 600,000 children and youth all over Southern California.
Moore joined The Music Center from the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the world’s great dance companies, where she served as CEO from 2011 and as its executive director from 2004. She is credited with transforming ABT’s brand, securing recognition for the company by the U.S. Congress as “America’s National Ballet Company” in 2005. Moore comes from the performing arts, having danced with ABT as a member of its corps de ballet (1984-1988). Prior to her appointment to lead ABT, Moore served as director of Boston Ballet’s Center for Dance Education (2001-2004) and as executive director of Project STEP, a classical music school for students of color in Boston and managing director of the Ballet Theatre of Boston.
She has also held senior positions with Americans for the Arts and the National Cultural Alliance, both in Washington, D.C. Moore was named CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Women’s Council & Awards. She served on the advisory committee for the Los Angeles County Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which developed recommendations to enhance the participation and leadership of individuals from underrepresented communities in the arts. She served on the board of the LA 2028 Olympic Games Bid Committee.
She is the author of The Artist’s Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts (May 2016) and is the host of The Music Center’s podcast Offstage + Unbound. Moore served as adjunct faculty in Columbia University’s Arts Administration program, specializing in nonprofit finance (2006-2010); in the dance department of Emerson College (1998-2000); and as an instructor of nonprofit finance in Boston University’s Graduate Program in the Arts in 2000. She holds an AB in ethics and political philosophy from Brown University (1992) and an MA in arts management from Columbia University (1994). A native of Davis, California, Moore spent much of her early childhood abroad with her family, living in India and Saudi Arabia. As a teenager, she spent summers in New York City and trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School, before becoming a professional ballet dancer.