Marc Willis (Chief Program and Strategy Officer)


Phone: 901.726.9225 Ext. 112

Marc Willis has been New Ballet’s Chief Program and Strategy Officer (CPSO) since September 2019. Marc is a career music educator and mentor, social entrepreneur, music and media producer, and nonprofit executive leader. He has developed and delivered creative youth programming in Memphis, his home city, as well as Boston, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. In Memphis, he is noted for leadership roles at LeMoyne-Owen College, Stax Music Academy, Soulsville Foundation, and Omni Prep Academy. His undergraduate degree (Film Scoring) was earned at Berklee College of Music, and his dual Masters of Science (Media Arts and Science; Music Technology) were conferred by Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis. Marc’s artistic outputs are numerous – since 1985 he has been the creative and technical lead on more than 40 unique media and performance projects involving live and/or recorded music. He has also designed multiple experiential learning projects for youth and extensive curricula for music education. As New Ballet’s CPSO, Marc leads the program team and manages overall operations. He is currently involved in the improvement of New Ballet’s internal/external communications, a new technology system for student tracking, and extending the organization’s reach into the community.