Jim Vincent is currently a freelance artist, dance-maker & creative consultant. He has more than 35 years of entertainment & cultural experience through his work in theater, opera, music, contemporary dance, choreography, special events & site-specific installations. From 2012 to 2017 he was an Imagineer & Executive Creative Director with the Walt Disney Company – Creative Entertainment, primarily responsible for the Tokyo and Hong Kong portfolios. He also collaborated substantially with the R & D division on new forms of live entertainment including mixed reality and projection experiences.
Early in his career he resided & worked in Europe for more than 25 years, during which time he was a dancer, rehearsal director and choreographer with the Nederlands Dans Theater and held key positions at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland), National Opera of Lyon (France) and Compañia Nacional de Danza (Spain). Throughout his career he has worked extensively with Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin.
In 2000 he returned to the US become the Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He was then invited back to Holland in 2009 and appointed Artistic Director of the Nederlands Dans Theater through 2012. As a dance-maker he created works for NDT I, NDT II, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bern Ballett (Switzerland) and established collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, the Illinois Institute of Technology – Architecture Division as well as HSDC residencies at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Vincent is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and currently a member of the University of Southern California – Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors.