Meet the MOSAIC Honorees: Bruce Simpson

Our annual MOSAIC Awards are scheduled for Thursday, May 22. Before the big day, you will have the opportunity to “meet” each of our honorees right here on our blog. Check back every Wednesday to learn how each one of these international Americans contributes to his or her profession and our community.

Bruce SimpsonBruce Simpson – Scotland


Under Bruce Simpson’s artistic leadership, the Louisville Ballet, one of America’s oldest professional dance companies, now employs dancers from around the world, is celebrated for its rich history, enjoys a stellar reputation in the global world of dance, and is looking forward to many more years of excellence in performance, outreach and education. The Louisville Ballet is at the peak of Louisville’s and the Commonwealth’s performing arts community and adds real weight to Louisville’s reputation as a city with “a great quality of life.”


Simpson studied at the Scottish Ballet School and had his professional debut with Scottish Opera. After touring with the Wuppertal Dance Company, he was recruited by South Africa’s State Theatre Ballet, which was his home for 30 years. Simpson has been a master teacher and coach since 1983 and continued performing until 1998. In 2000 he was invited to lead the Texas Ballet Theater, and he came to Louisville only two years later. Throughout his career, Simpson has been a guest of major dance companies and schools across the world and has worked with many of the preeminent dancers and choreographers of our time. He danced 85 roles before he retired from the stage, and he has received numerous awards of distinction.


Thank you, Mr. Simpson, for your dedication to the arts and for contributing your creativity to our community!


Providing programs and services for International Americans has been a part of the JFCS mission since its founding in 1908. By recognizing the honorees who have succeeded in various fields, we underscore the importance that International Americans have made in our community and recognize and spotlight the crucial role that newcomers play in creating a vibrant community. JFCS, through its Multicultural Services, provides the skills and tools for International Americans to build a new life through their work, education, and integration into the community.

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