Gibney Company Welcomes General Manager Shane Jewell

Gibney, the New York City-based dance and social justice organization, announces the appointment of Shane Jewell as General Manager of Gibney Company, effective April 12. In this newly created leadership position, Jewell will be charged with developing strategic relationships and partnerships, advancing entrepreneurial initiatives, and overseeing planning, budgeting, operations, and program strategy for the Company. He will work alongside Gibney Founder, CEO and Artistic Director Gina Gibney, and Gibney Company Directors Nigel Campbell and Amy Miller. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Shane to our team,” said Gina Gibney. “His extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising and program development will be essential for achieving Gibney Company’s vision and ensuring its long-term stability.”

“I am honored to be joining the extraordinary team at Gibney, particularly during this dynamic period of transformation,” said Shane Jewell. “It is a rare opportunity to be a part of building a new model in dance, one that looks not only at technique and performance, but also deeply at what the arts can do to uplift and heal communities. I look forward to amplifying Gina’s vision and helping to introduce a new broad aesthetic commission-based company to the world.”

In January 2020, Gibney announced a $2 million gift from Andrew A. Davis, a Trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, to support the transformation of Gibney Company. In the next phase of an ongoing visionary expansion of Gibney as an organization, Gibney Company (formerly Gibney Dance Company) is becoming a commission-based, repertory company that works with renowned and rising international choreographers representing a broad range of aesthetics and techniques. The General Manager will play an integral role in realizing and facilitating Gibney’s transformation.

Gibney Company will make its debut at The Joyce Theater in New York this November.

Photo of Shane Jewell by Shevaun Williams.


Shane Jewell hails from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has previously served as Executive Director of the Orlando Ballet, Executive Director of Oklahoma City Ballet, and Executive Director of OK Mozart International Music Festival. Prior to his work leading performing arts organizations, Jewell was Company Manager, Advertising Sales Director, and Video Audio Editor at Celebrity Attractions in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Celebrity Attractions presents National Touring Broadway Shows in ten markets in the Midwest.

He has been very involved in the communities he has lived. He has served as a member of Bartlesville Rotary, Oklahoma City Rotary, Leadership Oklahoma City, and Leadership Orlando. He has also sat on the Price Tower Advisory Council, Downtown Bartlesville Inc. Advisory Board, Oklahoma Contemporary Art Museum Education Committee, and the Oklahoma Presenters Network. He is a member of Dance/USA and served as interim chair of the Managers Council for dance organization with budgets from 3.5 to 15 million.

Jewell has spoken both nationally and internationally at conferences focusing on the dance industry.  He spoke at the National Arts Marketing Conference regarding effectively marketing a classical dance company. He also spoke at the Ballet: Why and How Conference in Arnhem, Netherlands on creative marketing strategies for dance.


Gibney Company is grateful for leadership support from Andrew A. Davis, a trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund. The Company also receives generous support from The Bay & Paul Foundations; Con Edison; the Howard Gilman Foundation; the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council for the Arts; the O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation; the Office of the Manhattan Borough President; the Omomuki Foundation; The Ready Foundation; the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; the Shubert Foundation; The SHS Foundation; Symbio Physiotherapy; and Virginia and Timothy Millhiser, among others. Gibney’s full community of individual and institutional supporters can be viewed here: 

About Gibney

Founded by Gina Gibney in 1991, Gibney is a New York City-based performing arts and social justice organization that taps into the vast potential of movement, creativity, and performance to effect social change and personal transformation. Gibney deploys resources through three strategic and interwoven program areas: Gibney Center, a meeting ground for New York City’s artistic community comprising 23 studios and 5 performance spaces that provide critical space for training, rehearsal, professional development, performances, and convenings; Gibney Community, programs that use movement to help address a range of social issues with a focus on gender-based violence and its prevention; and Gibney Company, a commission based, repertory company representing a broad range of aesthetics and techniques and with an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity. Gibney supports movement-based artists in every aspect of their creative development: classes, residencies, low-cost rental space, entrepreneurial training and incubation, presentation opportunities, commissioning, and operating a professional dance company.