Dennis Buehler, Council Chair - Managers

Dennis Buehler was named executive director of Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) in 2014 and could not be more excited to be a part of the dynamic Portland community. His work has led to the revitalization and improved health of the organization through discipline, strategic focus, re-capitalization, and investment in critical program elements. Buehler joined OBT after leading Milwaukee Ballet in Milwaukee, WI as executive director for seven seasons. During that time, Milwaukee Ballet not only significantly improved its organizational and financial health, but also grew to be recognized as a national leader in the development of new work along with their strong commitment to training and community outreach. His collaborative approach and leadership in the community was recognized in 2005 when The Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee named him one of its Forty under Forty awardees. This was followed up in 2009 by the same publication honoring him in its inaugural Power Book edition of top Milwaukee area business executives.

Buehler previously led the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, also in Wisconsin, for six years where he was credited with successfully guiding one of the region’s fastest growing arts organizations through its initial strategic, artistic and organizational development phases.

He has served on the Board for The United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee, been an active leader within the Creative Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, the Creative Coalition for Greater Milwaukee, served as a local advocacy captain for Arts Wisconsin, and a planning committee member for the Milwaukee 7 project, a regional collaboration initiative. Buehler also served on the Milwaukee Public Television strategic planning committee and participated in the Milwaukee Mosaic Partnership Program. He has spoken on the regional impact of collaborative arts venues on behalf of the national arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts. In July 2016, he looks forward to joining the national board of directors for Dance/USA and will serve as Council Chair for mid-major sized dance companies ($3million – $14.9million budgets).

Early in his career, Buehler held various producing roles with a number of theatre groups in both the state of Florida and Wisconsin, including the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee from 1998 - 2002. He graduated from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992 and left the university with a high honors in 1993. Buehler currently lives in West Linn, OR with his wife Treena, an independent artist, and their two daughters.

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