Richard Carter was a dancer, company director, and technical director who had connections with Jacob’s Pillow in all three of those capacities. Born in 1933, he joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1952 and traveled with the company to the Pillow for its East Coast debut in 1956. During this rare three-week engagement, he performed leading roles in works by George Balanchine and Lew Christensen. With fellow SF Ballet dancer (and then wife) Nancy Johnson, he performed in more than 50 countries around the world. In 1960, Carter and Johnson left to found and co-direct the San Diego Ballet, bringing the group to the Pillow in 1966 for its own East Coast debut and presenting works by Carter and Johnson as well as Balanchine and a world premiere by Eugene Loring. By 1971, he had returned to the San Francisco Ballet as a choreographer and then became the company’s technical director. He later relocated to Florida to become technical director of the Miami City Ballet, and it was in this capacity that he made his final Pillow visit in 1996. He died on May 5, 2017 at the age of 84, leaving his wife Alba Carter, three children and grandchildren.
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Written by Norton Owen for Jacob's Pillow Remembers.