R. Michael Blanco joined Ballet Hispánico in 2022. He was first introduced to Tina Ramirez and the company when he assisted lighting designer Roger Morgan for the company’s Joyce Theater season in the early 1980’s. Since then he has served at several New York arts institutions in a variety of capacities. At the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), he worked with Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo and Executive Vice President Alice Bernstein as Project director for DanceMotion USASM, a program of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs produced by BAM.
The Metropolitan Opera House has employed his organizational skills to facilitate seasons by the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Spanish National Ballet, the ballet of the Mariinsky Theater (Kirov Ballet), the Bolshoi ballet, the Australian ballet, and Ennosuke’s Kabuki. He served as a consultant to the Metropolitan Opera House presentations department for MTV’s Video Music Awards in 1999 and 2001.
He served as Director of Production at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) from 2005 to 2010.
Beginning in 1990 he spent five years nurturing the development of established and emerging choreographers while maintaining a high production standard as Director of Production at the Joyce Theater.
He studied neurobiology and theater at Washington University in St. Louis and attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is the husband of Carol Blanco, an exemplary producer, choreographer, and arts administrator, and the father of Sierra Blanco, a young award-winning Latinx playwright, composer, and performer. His parents are both from Bolivia.