Steven Skerritt-Davis joined the staff of the Maryland State Arts Council in February 2017 as Program Director of three statewide initiatives—Arts and Entertainment Districts, Community Arts Development, and Individual Artist Awards. In this role he strives to elevate and support the arts statewide and make the arts accessible to all Marylanders. Prior to joining MSAC, Steven served as Director of External Relations at American Dance Institute. As a fledgling experiment in Rockville, Maryland when he joined in 2013, ADI offered technical residencies to leading contemporary dance artists. Steven helped bring the organization to national prominence by securing grants and partnerships to expand its programs, and he helped design and implement a national scholarship program to increase diversity in dance education. Beginning in 2015, he secured initial funding and partnerships to move the organization's main operations to upstate New York where where it became Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts and began building a dance residency facility designed to catalyze the transformation of the small town of Catskill into an arts destination.
Steven grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began ballet lessons at age seven. By the time he was in high school, he was performing and touring regularly with Tulsa Ballet. At 17, Steven was accepted into American Ballet Theater's Studio Company and danced with the main company as an apprentice before joining Salt Lake City's Ballet West where he danced for eight seasons and was promoted the rank of demi-soloist. Throughout his career, Steven danced works by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, John Cranko, Hans Van Manen, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Christopher Bruce, Glen Tetley, Ben Stevenson, Trey McIntyre, and Willam Christensen, among others, as well as roles across the classical repertoire. He also originated roles in new works, including pieces by Jessica Lang, Natalie Weir, Graham Lustig, and Jonas Kage. After retiring, he earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Brown University where he focused his studies in philanthropy and non-profit management. From 2011-2013, Steven worked as Program Coordinator for the National Dance Project at the New England Foundation for the Arts, facilitating funding and services to artists and presenters nationwide to support the contemporary dance field.