Episode 106. Bruce Simpson – Past Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet (2002-2014)
Inspired by creativity, Bruce Simpson credits the joy of life for what drives him and fuels his career in ballet.
Bruce came to the Louisville Ballet as artistic director in 2002, bringing over 30 years of experience in the ballet world with him.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Bruce mastered the art of ballet. He danced for South Africa’s State Theatre Ballet for 30 years and experienced many performances and leading roles. In 1983 he was named ballet master, and in 1985, he was named senior ballet master. He retired from the stage in 1998 at the age of 50.
Bruce began leading the Texas Ballet Theatre in 2000 before coming to Louisville two years later. He has worked with some of the great dancers of this time. In both 2006 and 2010, Bruce was honored to serve on the jury at the U.S. International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.