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Over the years, Torrence Boone has had a varied career in the consulting and digital sector, one that contrasts greatly with his early beginnings as a dancer. Mr. Boone, originally from Baltimore, discovered dance as a 13-year-old at Phillips Academy Andover. Rather than playing a spring sport his freshman year, he took a jazz class.
“I was totally hooked,” said Mr. Boone, who danced all through high school and college and briefly professionally for small pickup companies in San Francisco. (He studied economics at Stanford.)
Torrence Boone is on the board of Manhattan’s Joyce Theater.
Though Mr. Boone took the corporate route working as a strategy consultant at Bain and Company, after Harvard Business School, he took a summer sabbatical dancing at Jacob’s Pillow. “That was a reconnection before fully selling out,” he recalled.
Four more years at Bain led to a stint at the digital marketing agency now known as Razorfish, which led to work at Digitas. It was there, in the fall of 2005, that the Joyce contacted him about joining the board. A friend from Bain had joined a consultancy that the Joyce Theater in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood had hired to expand their board in anticipation of a new 1000-seat theater at the World Trade Center.
“It was serendipity and luck,” Mr. Boone said. “She mentioned my name because she knew I was a dancer and was passionate about the arts. I was incredibly excited. The Joyce has always been a nexus of the dance community in New York.”
Mr. Boone said the process of joining took several months and was “pretty rigorous,” involving interviews with several board members. He came on board, so to speak, at the age of 36 that December.
Beyond financial and operational responsibilities, Mr. Boone sits on the marketing committee. His goals are to make sure “that people are aware of the Joyce, that we fill the house and that we leverage new and emerging media to stay relevant.” He explained that though he has been asked to join other charitable boards in the city, he feels a “deep passion” for the Joyce. “The expectation is that you’re there 120 percent.”
Mr. Boone lives in the Flatiron with his partner, and though he continues to take the occasional modern or hip-hop class at Steps or the Broadway Dance Center, he does more yoga than dance. Now a managing director of agency development at Google, he tries to find time to squeeze in performances at New York City Ballet and, of course, the Joyce. “It’s sort of my favorite, obviously,” he said.