Michael M. Kaiser
Strategic Consulting Partner and Founding Artistic Director
Bringing unparalleled expertise and experience to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Michael M. Kaiser is currently Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, overseeing training and consulting programs throughout the United States and around the world.
Mr. Kaiser was President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. from January 2001 through August 2014. During his tenure, he expanded educational and artistic programming for the United States’ center for the performing arts, oversaw a major renovation effort of the Center’s theaters, and led the nation in arts management training. In 2001, Mr. Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute, renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in May 2010. In honor of his accomplishments, the Board of the Kennedy Center named him President Emeritus in 2014.
Mr. Kaiser previously served as the Executive Director of the Royal Opera House in the United Kingdom, as Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre, and as Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation.
Mr. Kaiser received his master’s degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University.
He received the Dance Magazine Award in 2001, Capezio Award in 2002, Helen Hayes Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theater Community in 2003, the St. Petersburg 300 Medal in 2004, Washingtonian of the Year in 2004, a U.S. Department of State Citation in 2005, the Blacks in Dance Award in 2005, and was the first American to receive China’s “Award for Cultural Exchange”. In 2006, he was awarded The Order of the Mexican Eagle and named Impresario of the Year by Musical America. In 2009, Mr. Kaiser received the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America and the Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award from the Arab American Institute Foundation. The King of Sweden named Mr. Kaiser a Commander of Order of the Polar Star and the Finnish government named him a Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2014. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.