Western Business Representative Kate Maxted (she/her) is originally from Durango, Colorado, and connected with the Arts early on, starting dance classes at age three. She joined AGMA in late 2021.
She pursued this passion during her high school years at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Massachusetts and then accepted a trainee position at The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She went on to dance with Colorado Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, and Ballet Idaho, culminating in over a decade of professional performance experience. She was promoted to the rank of soloist during her time at both Ballet San Antonio and Ballet Idaho and was lauded for her musicality, precision, and stage presence.
Throughout her career, Maxted danced leading roles in ballets ranging from The Sleeping Beauty to George Balanchine’s Rubies. While dancing professionally, she also earned her BA in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and interned at the San Antonio Symphony and the McNay Art Museum. Maxted retired from performing professionally in 2021.
Maxted has utilized her education and background to advocate for her fellow artists in the workplace, gaining first-hand experience as both a non-union Dancer Representative and a union organizer. Outside of the Arts, she has also worked as a legal assistant, research associate, and project manager, most recently at MAPS PBC, an organization devoted to researching alternative mental health treatments.
She enjoys hiking, playing piano, volunteering, and spending time with her family, partner, and their two dogs.