Ben Stevenson OBE —

Choreographer

Ben Stevenson served as Artistic Director of Houston Ballet from 1976-2003, raising the company to an internationally acclaimed ensemble.

Born in England, Ben appeared with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and English National Ballet where, as a Principal Dancer, he performed leading roles in all the classics. In 1967, English National Ballet asked him to stage his first production, The Sleeping Beauty, which starred Margot Fonteyn. In 1968, he was invited to direct the newly formed Harkness Youth Dancers in New York, and in 1971, he joined the National Ballet in Washington DC as co-director.

Ben has received numerous awards for his choreography, including gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions of 1972, 1982, and 1986. In 2003, he was appointed Artistic Director Emeritus of Houston Ballet, and the company’s affiliated school was renamed Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. In 2003, Ben assumed the artistic directorship of Texas Ballet Theater.