"We are so lucky that we get to work in an environment that is creative and new and challenging and pushing boundaries."
Patricia Barretto was born in Mumbai, India, but spent the majority of her adult life in North America. A career arts administrator, she enjoyed tenures with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Conservatory, and Opera Atelier before coming to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance as its VP of marketing and communications in 2015. She became its President and CEO in 2017 and facilitated the Chicago premieres of international dance companies such as English National Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre, and Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch.
June 25, 2019: Patricia Barretto discusses the training and experiences that led her to serve as President and CEO of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the history of the Harris Theater, and the various types of dance programming it presents.
"It was truly the guts, the determination, the tenacity of some brilliant women in this city who realized the need to create a home like that for these companies."
"I take this as a responsibility and a challenge to make sure that I'm mentoring the smart, intelligent, brave women who are going to be the next generation of arts leaders."