Roman Baca is a Marine Iraq War Veteran and the Artistic Director and General Manager of Ballet Theatre Company. He is also the Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company in NYC. After a career in dance, Mr. Baca served as a US Marine and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq from ‘05-’06. Mr. Baca joined BTC as a faculty member in 2007, and started as the Artistic Director of The Nutcracker in 2010. During his tenure with BTC, Mr. Baca has choreographed several well-loved ballets, and created a storybook ballet series that debuted one of his favorite children’s books, Gwendylon the Graceful Pig, a book that follows an adage that he learned long ago, anyone can be taught to dance. As a Teaching Artist, Mr. Baca has worked in Erbil, Iraq and in CT and NYC public schools teaching young adults how to express their experiences through choreography and non-verbal expression. In 2007, Mr. Baca co-founded Exit12 Dance Company. Mr. Baca has choreographed several major works relating to the military and their families, writes and lectures about his experiences, and has also worked on two short films. Mr. Baca has presented at TED@NYC, TEDxSan Antonio, and the Gel Conference. Exit12 has performed recently at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, West Point Military Academy, Lincoln Center, The Landon School, Montgomery College, Johnson State College, EKU’s Military Arts Symposium, at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in New York City, and on the deck of the USS Intrepid in honor of Memorial Day. Mr. Baca’s work has been recognized by Time Magazine, American Way Magazine, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The New York Times, WNPR’s Where We Live, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, The National Endowment for the Arts Magazine, Reuters Video, Dick Gordon’s The Story, The Dance Current(Canada), Le Devoir(Canada), The Tribune de Genève (Switzerland), Pointe Magazine, NPR’s All Things Considered, American Public Media, International Arts Manager, and in The New Haven Register’s JRC digital publication American Homecomings. Mr. Baca has worked as an advocate for the arts at the NY State Capitol in Albany, and was a featured panelist on Art and Healing in the Military at the Dirsken Senate Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mr. Baca is a Fellow Alum and Service Platoon member of The Mission Continues, and is an Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Leadership Fellow. Mr. Baca is a recipient of a 2014 Art and Healing Network Award, a 2012 Fellowship from The Mission Continues, a 2009 producing and presenting grant from AjkunBT, a 2010 Access DanceUSA Scholarship from DanceNYC through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Brian Tippen Memorial Scholarship and the Connecticut Wartime Veterans Medal.