Board President & Co-Founder
Victor Keen is the Co-Founder & Board President of the Performance Garage, and an avid supporter of the arts. Along with his wife, choreographer and dancer Jeanne Ruddy, Victor purchased the Performance Garage in 2000, and helped to oversee its transformation from an abandoned auto-body shop into the vibrant center for dance that it is today. As a founding member of the Board of Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Victor supported the company during its entire 12 year run, and was instrumental in the organization’s transition to an arts service organization following the company’s final season.
In addition to his work with the Performance Garage, Victor is a devoted advocate for the arts in Philadelphia and beyond. He currently serves on the Boards and Executive Committees of the highly regarded Kimmel Center and Philadelphia Theatre Company, and on the Board of PlayPenn, Inc., which supports new play development. Victor also owns the Bethany Mission Gallery, a repurposed church/mission adjacent to the Performance Garage, and originally built by Philadelphia Quakers in 1869. The gallery houses Victor’s extensive collection of outsider art, vintage radios, toasters and toys, and is one of the world’s largest private collections of outsider art.
As the current Board President of the Performance Garage, Victor is passionate about serving the diverse group of dancers, artists, and students who call the Performance Garage home.