The announcement of ADI/Catskill, as the project is currently called, is the latest chapter in ADI’s ambitious emergence under Executive Director Adrienne Willis, who assumed leadership in 2010. Willis has reimagined the Rockville, MD-based organization—originally a ballet school—as a national one that constantly evaluates the needs of artists throughout their creation process and fills gaps in the structures that exist to support them. Willis and the board have been working aggressively to expand the role and relevance of the organization—to find ways to supplement, rather than supplant, existing institutions. ADI’s Incubator, launched in 2011, epitomizes this aim.
Willis said, “We are overwhelmed by the support from NY State and the Catskill community. This move will allow ADI to operate with significantly lower overhead and, most importantly, will allow us to exponentially increase the number of artists and productions we can support annually.”