- Michael Mauskapf
(b New York, NY, Oct 27, 1953). American arts manager and consultant. In addition to pursuing vocal studies, he earned degrees in economics from Brandeis University, where he wrote a senior thesis exploring the economics of opera production, and in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After starting his own consulting firm in 1981, Kaiser transitioned into arts management, first working as general manager of the Kansas City Ballet (1985–90) and then as executive director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1991–5). In 1995 he moved to the American Ballet Theatre, where his unexpected success led to his nickname “the turnaround king,” a title coined by the Chicago Tribune and later solidified by the Guardian and the New York Times. In 1998 he was appointed general manager of the Royal Opera House in London, where he repaired its waning reputation by erasing deficits and establishing an endowment....