Tim Veach (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer) is the Artistic Director and founder of Columbus Dance Theatre where he is the resident choreographer, teaches in the school and serves as chief administrator. He holds an M.F.A. in choreography from The Ohio State University and a B.F.A. in acting from The University of Illinois. He has trained extensively with some of the leading ballet and modern dance instructors including: David Howard, Diana Cartier, Warren Conover, Jan Erkert and Shirley Mordine. Mr. Veach has choreographed dozens of works for Columbus Dance Theatre including its signature ballet, Matchgirl. For more than two decades he has worked as a performer and choreographer touring internationally and throughout the U.S. with both ballet and contemporary dance companies. His choreography for dance, theatre, and opera has been presented by: Opera Columbus, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, WOSU-TV, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Toledo Opera, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, The Lancaster Arts Festival, JazzMet, The Ohio State University, Towson University, Illinois State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and New York Central Ballet among others. Mr. Veach has directed and/or choreographed dozens of plays and musicals. Among them are: Sweeney Todd, Phantom, Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Fiddler on the Roof, Arcadia, Marriage of True Minds, Trojan Women, A Chorus Line, Camelot, Out of this World, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Christina Kirk’s Conversations with Judith Malina. He is a nationally recognized teacher having taught at numerous universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and has held academic positions at: The Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Wright State University, and Bowling Green State University. His students have gone on to dance in professional Companies including: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Hubbard Street Dance Company, The Louisville Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, and Cleveland Dancing Wheels. Many of his students continue to gain acceptance at leading summer and resident programs including: The Juilliard School, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, the Chautauqua Dance Institute, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. He continues to enjoy his work with Opera Columbus having now choreographed for the Opera for the past five seasons. His choreography for OC’s Hansel and Gretel was celebrated in Opera News as “spellbinding dance.” In 2010 he will direct Berlin to Broadway, the music of Kurt Weill for Opera Columbus. Mr. Veach continues to serve as the chief administrative director of CDT and has authored dozens of successful grants on behalf of the organization. In 2005 he received a citation of merit for his work on behalf of the arts by the Ohio Senate. In 2009 he was nominated for the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s award for Artistic Excellence.
Sean Kessler (Managing Director) received his BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University while dancing as a founding company member at Columbus Dance Theatre. Upon graduating from OSU, Mr. Kessler danced with Chicago Ballet and Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak Dance Company in Chicago, IL. until after twenty years dancing, he shifted his focus to Arts Administration and became the Managing Assistant Director for CDT in 2008, where his professional career began. Now the Managing Director, his roles include financial tracking, production assistance, studio and theatre rental coordination, and operations oversight.