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BW Staff Pick: Best New Blood 2018 

Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic

click to enlarge Garrett Anderson (left) and Hollis Welsh (right)

Ballet Idaho/Boise Philharmonic

Garrett Anderson (left) and Hollis Welsh (right)

We adore Ballet Idaho and Boise Philharmonic, and have the greatest of respect for its past leadership. That said, we're tickled pink that both organizations have infused themselves with some new blood. Over at Ballet Idaho, Garrett Anderson has replaced retiring icon Peter Anastos as the new artistic director. Anderson danced with the San Francisco Ballet company; the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium; and the Hubbard Street Dance group in Chicago, and locals will remember his appearances with the Trey McIntyre Project in 2011.

"My wife and I have visited many times since working here in 2011," said Anderson. "We're thrilled to finally be able to call Boise our home."

At the Philharmonic, a familiar face has taken the corner office. Hollis Welsh—actor, playwright, co-founder of Alley Repertory Theater and former interim managing director at Boise Contemporary Theater—was hired as the Philharmonic's new executive director in April.

"I was surprised, in a wonderful way. I think it was the right fit for the Philharmonic," said Welsh. "They wanted someone who has experience running a performing arts organization, but who is also local and knows this community."

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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