David Ballard, Events Coordinator, City of Gainesville

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David Ballard came to the City of Gainesville Cultural Affairs after a career as a master puppeteer and theatrical artist. David owns and directs Moxie Productions and has created shows for such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National Park Service and Walt Disney Productions.

In education, David worked for many years as an artist in the schools for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Museum and the Arlington Humanities Program. He taught on the theatre faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University where he also served as artistic director of the University’s Cracker-Box Theatre.

David has toured nationally and internationally performing and directing shows for Medieval and Renaissance festivals as well as many additional town festivals, parks, museums, universities and performing arts centers. He has performed as a guest artist for the International Bi-Centennial Heritage Festival at Yorktown National Historic Park and at the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts. Most recently David was a guest performer for the Chrysler Corporation’s Family Day Celebration.

David is also an accomplished visual artist having shown and sold his puppet creations that range from hand-made wooden marionettes to giant walking parade puppet characters.

In his position with The City of Gainesville, David is currently in charge of the “Free Fridays” Concert series, The Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration, The Holiday Tree Lighting and his newest creation, Jest Fest, which showcases world renowned cirque and comedy/variety entertainers.

David holds a degree in theatre from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and serves on the board of directors of the FFEA.