Madeline Ritter is a lawyer, arts manager and dance curator. From 1989 to 2004 she was the artistic director of tanz performance köln, an international production and festival platform for contemporary dance and new media. In 2004, she was called to the German Federal Cultural Foundation as a project director for her concept Tanzplan Deutschland – a partnership-based strategy that generated over 21 Million Euro for dance in Germany.
Since 2011 she has been the director of the new Tanzfonds of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In 2014, she launched Dance On, a multi-faceted initiative promoting artistic excellence in the context of 'dance and age'.
Madeline Ritter is a certified coach and facilitator of processes of change and teaches cultural management at various European universities. She is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pina Bausch Foundation, member of the Supervisory Board of Kulturfabrik Kampnagel in Hamburg, the Advisory Board of Deutsches Tanzarchiv, the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and the company Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods.