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FROM TOP: The jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio (above) provides the music. The kitchen provides dishes like Shrimp & Tasso Henican, Cochon de Lait Eggs Benedict and Creole Bread Pudding Souffle, which comes with warm whiskey added tableside. Good-natured lines are part of the ambience at the down-home Mother’s on Poydras Street.

and orange curaçao flamed with brandy, it’ll warm you in more ways than one. BRENNAN’S 417 Royal St. | 504.525.9711 A fine dining tradition since 1946. Brennan’s reopened in 2014 after new owners completed a $20 million renovation. The pink building’s eight posh dining rooms celebrate old world opulence, but chef Slade Rushing’s menu combines Creole tradition with contemporary influences. Breakfast here is arguably among ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION


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the city’s best. Try the Eggs Hussarde, which features English muffins topped with coffeecured Canadian bacon, hollandaise and marchand de vin (red wine reduction) sauce. Don’t leave without having the bananas Foster, invented here by founder Owen Brennan in the 1950s.

FROM FAR LEFT: For dessert at Arnaud’s, tuck into the Cafe Brulot, made with coffee, lemon and orange rind, cloves, cinnamon sticks and Orange Curacao flamed with brandy. Brennan’s counters with bananas Foster, invented years ago at the Royal Street cafe.

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Career Calling It a

After some 30 ‘Nutcrackers’ and 22 years with Atlanta Ballet, longtime dancer John Welker decides to step offstage for good

ohn Welker first flipped for The Nutcracker as a young boy. By age 10, he’d moved onstage in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, dancing in BalletMet’s production of the Tchaikovsky classic. When the curtain falls on this season’s Atlanta Ballet staging at the Fox Theatre, the 40-year-old is calling it a career, in a full circle sort of way. A man named John McFall choreographed that Columbus staging. McFall, you may recall, joined Atlanta Ballet as artistic director in 1995, retiring just last June after 21 seasons, but the company still dances his version, which is steeped in the vibrant culture and colors of 1850s Russia. In his early days in Atlanta, McFall recruited Welker and fellow dancer Christine Winkler (Welker’s girlfriend and eventual wife), who were both in Salt Lake City. Since coming east, Welker and Winkler have created plenty of dance magic for Atlanta audiences, together and separately. Among their triumphs: a particularly steamy Romeo & Juliet. Welker remembers the “absolute beauty and magic” of that early Nutcracker, which he saw from the audience’s perspective. “That’s what hooked me on the profession as a whole, and it has held a fulfilling place in my heart throughout my career.” McFall remembers Welker’s BalletMet debut as a party boy in the early scenes. “He was so charmed by the young ladies, he would occasionally miss a cue or flub a step or two.” He also recalls Welker’s potential.


Welker moved up the ranks of Nutcracker roles quickly, with stops at toy soldier and the heroine’s pesky brother, on his way to partnering Snow Queens and Sugar Plum Fairies with elegance and command. This year he takes a variety of roles, as members of the professional company do from performance to performance. He’ll dance the Snow King in Act 1, or the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier in Act 2, or become the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer, the heroine’s guide through a dreamlike multicultural adventure. Drosselmeyer is fun, Welker says. The role involves more character acting than complex dance moves and is “the common thread between every scene, the method by which the story gets told.” What does Welker love most about The Nut? “That’s easy,” he says. “It’s about family. Everyone can relate to family and tradition and wanting a certain amount of nostalgia at this time of year. But I also love that this particular ballet is where the art form and community come together — pretty much throughout the U.S.” During his Atlanta Ballet tenure, Welker has been



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John Welker partners longtime colleague Tara Lee in choreographer James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons. Photo: Kim Kenney

praised for his power, focus, creativity, collaborative spirit and expert technique. Audiences have seen him nail such roles as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrect in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula and the principal male in McFall’s Firebird. Words alone can’t capture “what an incredible career as a dancer and artist John has gifted us with,” McFall says. “He has an intuitive capacity to so immerse himself inside a role it’s as if that character is living and breathing with you onstage.” Welker’s most memorable moments have come with Winkler, who remains a teaching artist with the company. Their 3-year-old son, Lucas, has already been “transfixed” by The Nutcracker, he says. Welker and Winkler danced Prince Charming and Cinderella in 1999, marrying and kissing onstage just before their real wedding offstage. “Being able to dance with my wife has been the joy of my career,” Welker says. “She’s inspired me, supported me, pushed me and just simply made me a better dancer and artist.” They were never acting when dancing together. “It’s very much felt, all spontaneous, even easy,” he says. “When you know someone to such an extent, you are almost mirror images of each other.” 20 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

Atlanta Ballet company members have been known to tear up in the wings while watching the couple. More tears are likely now, as Welker takes his final bow at this season’s last Nutcracker performance on Dec. 24. He’s retiring as a company dancer but not from the world of dance. He’s been chipping away at a dance degree at Kennesaw State University since 2009 and graduates in the spring. His plans include a master’s degree in arts administration and work on the the business side of the arts. “As a dancer you are trained to dance with inhuman ease, but they don’t teach you how to talk about it,” Welker says. “Earning my degree is giving me a vocabulary and more knowledge in terms of how to speak about the performing art I love.” He dedicates his final Nutcracker performance to all the young-at-heart and wide-eyed kids in the audience. He hopes to inspire them just as he was once inspired. Welker’s aura will linger for some time, McFall says, applauding the dancer for his “monumental contribution” in helping shape Atlanta Ballet. “Thank you, John,” McFall adds. “And if you flub a step or two, that is cool.”


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Dec. 9-24, 2016 The Fox Theatre ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Gennadi Nedvigin CONDUCTOR Gary Sheldon With the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

Choreography by John McFall Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Costume Design by Judanna Lynn Set Design by Peter Horne Lighting Design by Robert Hand Jr. Illusions by Drew Thomas Snow scene performance by Georgia Youth Choir ~ music in ascendance ~ Set construction by Michael Hagen Additional costumes by Tamara Cobus, April McCoy, Elena Rao


ARTISTIC STAFF Sarah Hillmer, Roman Rykine, Dale Shields THE COMPANY Alexandre Barros, Jacob Bush, Peng-Yu Chen, Christian Clark, Kiara Felder, Heath Gill, Sara Havener, Monika Haczkiewicz, Devon Joslin, Otar Khelashvili, Tara Lee, Jordan Leeper, Nadia Mara, Miguel Angel Montoya, Jackie Nash, Brandon Nguyen, Alessa Rogers, Anderson Souza, Jared Tan, Rachel Van Buskirk, Ashley Wegmann, John Welker, Ransom Wilkes-Davis, Olivia Yoch DISTINGUISHED GUEST ARTIST Nathan Griswold APPRENTICES Dylan Clinard, Saho Kumagai, Kristen Marshall, Laura Morton, Keith Reeves Dean of the Centre for Dance Education* Sharon Story FELLOWSHIP ENSEMBLE* Hannah Barr, Melissa Becraft, Amanda Boozer, Iago Breshi, Jonathan Carter, Gabrielle Collins, Thomas Davidoff, Zoe Donnenfield, Brooke Gilliam, Stephanie Hall, Francesca Loi, Jace Pauly, Brandon Penn, Amanda Petit, Hannah Pinson, Victor Prigent, Erin Robinson, Mikaela Santos, Leah Seifert, Madison Watkins *Children’s cast & Fellowship Ensemble courtesy of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.

Dorothy Moses Alexander, Atlanta Ballet Founder, 1929-1960 Robert Barnett, Artistic Director Emeritus, 1961-1994 John McFall, Artistic Director, 1994-2016 ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER SYNOPSIS Our story begins more than 100 years ago on a snowy Nicholas is roaming the house looking for the NutChristmas Eve in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drosselmeyer, cracker. Just as he finds the Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer an ingenious toymaker, finishes making gifts for a party startles him. Drosselmeyer intentionally leaves his large at the Petrov house. On his way, he passes the magical magic satchel behind for Nicholas to explore. Inside town clock he created. As it chimes, three curious and the satchel Nicholas discovers a rat cape and a sword. prophetic images appear: a ballerina, a nutcracker and a He now personifies a rat and is empowered to initiate terrifying rat king. a great battle. The battle begins, and Marya comes to the rescue of the Nutcracker, slaying the Rat King. At Act 1 the end of the battle, Nicholas realizes that choosing The Petrov party guests await the arrival of the merry conflict leads only to darkness. He now feels grown but mysterious Drosselmeyer, who seems to exude mag- up and understands that his sister’s love and support ic and wonder wherever he goes. When Drosselmeyer are what matter most. Drosselmeyer rewards Marya’s arrives, he reveals his new creations. He gives young courage and takes her on a fantastic journey to a crystal Marya a sparkling tutu, and she returns to the party kingdom filled with snow spirits. transformed into a beautiful ballerina. Drosselmeyer produces two life-size dolls out of thin air that dance for Act 2 the pleasure of Marya and the guests. He then opens The journey continues to the land of the Sugar Candy the door to a sentry post to reveal the Nutcracker, who Kingdom where Marya is hosted by the Sugar Plum begins dancing with Marya to the astonishment of Fairy and her Cavalier. There is a glorious ball, complete the Petrov family and their friends. Nicholas, Marya’s with dancers from exotic lands. Marya is enraptured naughty brother, continues causing mischief and breaks with this amazing and enchanting experience. She feels the Nutcracker. Drosselmeyer tries using his magic to like she is floating on air. Marya then realizes she was fix the Nutcracker, but it is Marya’s kiss that heals and dreaming as she wakes up in her bedroom. She smiles transforms him into the full-size Nutcracker. As the to herself as she understands that her dreams have evening nears its conclusion, Drosselmeyer weaves his become reality and ponders all the dreams yet to come magic and begins to take Marya on a surreal adventure. true. Little mice are now scurrying through the dark rooms. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 25

BIOS ATLANTA BALLET LEADERSHIP G ENNADI NEDVIGIN (Artistic Director) was born in Rostov, Russia, and began his training at the age of 5. At 10 years old, Nedvigin was accepted into Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in the ballet world. Upon graduating, the young dancer joined his first professional company, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, as a soloist, before he was invited to dance with Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 1997, while on tour in the United States, San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Gennadi a soloist contract. Later that year, Nedvigin joined San Francisco Ballet. After three years with the company, he was promoted to principal dancer. During his career in San Francisco, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999) and received two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001 & 2010). Over the years, Nedvigin has shared his knowledge and training with other dancers by teaching master classes at numerous highly esteemed ballet schools in America. He has been a guest artist with several internationally acclaimed companies and has appeared in many gala performances, tours and festivals across the globe. During his time at San Francisco Ballet, Nedvigin served as ballet master for a number of works of Yuri Possokhov, including Classical Symphony and Swimmer, as well as excerpts from such works as Bells, Diving Into the Lilacs and Carmen. He staged Classical Symphony at Tulsa Ballet, Romanian National Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. His experience setting the work at Atlanta Ballet during the 2014|2015 season inspired him to apply for the directorship position when it became available. In February 2016, Nedvigin was appointed as the fourth artistic director in Atlanta Ballet’s 87-year history. In June, he represented Atlanta Ballet as a member of the jury at the World Ballet Competition’s 10th anniversary finals in Orlando, Fla., marking his official transition from elite performer to artistic director. ARTURO JACOBUS (President & CEO) enters his eighth season with Atlanta Ballet. He previously served as chief executive of Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and San Francisco Ballet for 10 years each. He has also served as the chief executive of the Oakland Symphony in California; the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville; the American Center for Wine Food and the Arts in Napa, Calif.; and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. Arturo holds masters’ degrees in business administration, arts administration and human resource management, and has completed management certificate programs at the University of Washington and Harvard Business School. Jacobus has served on a number of executive boards in the arts community, including Dance/USA, Washington State Arts Alliance, Northwest Development Officers’ Association and California Arts Advocates. Throughout his career, Jacobus has remained actively involved in strategy and advocacy in the arts by chairing and sitting on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USA and the city of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Before becoming an arts executive, Jacobus served for 20 years as a bandmaster for the U.S. Navy, leading ensembles in Villefranche, France; Gaeta and Naples, Italy; and San Francisco. While stationed in Naples as leader of the U.S. Navy Band, under the Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CincSouth), he founded a 50-member NATO ensemble of service musicians from the army, navy and air forces of Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Jacobus toured Europe with his NATO Band, performing concerts, variety shows and military ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO.


BIOS SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education) is in her 21st season with Atlanta Ballet. She joined the company after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years and included tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet and Atlanta Ballet, and 10 years with Boston Ballet, which included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, in addition to her role as ballet mistress, Sharon became dean of the Centre for Dance Education, which has rapidly grown to one of the largest dance schools in the nation. The Centre for Dance Education is nationally recognized for great accomplishments in its programs and community initiatives. Under Sharon’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Sharon is a member of the NASD board directors and is delighted to serve on many community and national boards. She received a 2015 Women Making a Mark award from Atlanta Magazine. She is committed to providing a noncompetitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community needs, is innovative and inspires the commitment and excellence that are the trademarks of Atlanta Ballet. She is very proud of the dancers who have studied at the Centre for Dance Education and continue to share their experiences on stage in the Atlanta Ballet company and around the globe. She thanks her family for all their love and support during her career.

ARTISTIC STAFF SARAH HILLMER (Ballet Mistress) is an Atlanta native who began her professional career with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed classical and contemporary works. She danced principal roles in such classics as Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, and originated roles in a variety of contemporary works. Sarah’s desire to further explore contemporary movement led her to become a founding member of glo, where she performed the original works of Lauri Stallings in both Atlanta and New York. Sarah’s love of coaching brought her back to Atlanta Ballet, where she has had the privilege of collaborating with choreographers at every level of the creation process — assisting in the building of full-length ballets by Twyla Tharp and Helen Pickett, restaging repertory works by Ohad Naharin and John McFall, and assisting in staging works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano and Wayne McGregor. Sarah also has restaged choreographers’ works at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Smuin Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and UNCSA. She has been commissioned to create her own works, most recently for Wabi Sabi, Backside of the Tent Productions and Emory Dance Company. She has created multiple works for the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble, re-tailoring them for alternative spaces. Sarah is committed to discovering the possibilities in the world around her and is thrilled to be part of the collaborative team at Atlanta Ballet. ROMAN RYKINE (Ballet Master) joins Atlanta Ballet from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, where he taught for the past five years. Roman graduated from the Rudolph Nureyev State Ballet Academy in his hometown of Ufa, Russia. He was a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, and the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. One of the exceptional dancers of his generation, Roman performed most of the major classical roles, including La Fille mal gardée, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda — Act III, La Bayadère — Act III, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides. His repertoire also included many contemporary and neoclassical roles. Roman won the gold medal and first prize at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1993. He won a bronze medal at both the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., in 1994 and the Rudolph Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in 1993. Roman holds the honorary title of Artist of Merit of the ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 27

BIOS Republic from the government of Ufa, Russia. Roman was fortunate to learn from many teachers, choreographers and coaches, including Yuri Gregorvich, Natalia Makarova, Nacho Duato, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Peter Martins, Helgi Tómasson, James Kudelka, Hans van Maanen and Jorma Elo, among others. He toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States and was a guest artist with various ballet companies. He retired from the stage in 2010 and turned his focus to teaching. Roman was a guest faculty member at the Boston Ballet School before joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in January 2012. DALE SHIELDS (Ballet Mistress), a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and Butler University before starting her career as a professional dancer. After joining and rising to principal dancer with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre under artistic director George Verdak and Dace Dindonis, she appeared in the leading roles of many productions, including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, Gaité Parisienne, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Night Shadow and The Moor’s Pavane, as well as a great number of original works. As principal ballet mistress for Ballet Internationale, she assisted with the original choreography of several full-length ballets by artistic director Eldar Aliev and worked alongside Irina Kolpakova in staging many well-known classics. John McFall’s invitation to join the artistic staff at Atlanta Ballet has given her the opportunity to assist in mounting many fulllength productions. She is inspired to have worked with national and international choreographers in bringing exciting and innovative dance to Atlanta. Teaching the company dancers and students of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and guest teaching opportunities are other rewarding parts of her work.

THE COMPANY ALEXANDRE BARROS (Fifth Season) is a native of Rio de Janeiro and received his training from Escola de Dancas Alice Arja and Escola Estadual de Dancas Maria Olenewa. He came to the United States at age 15 to study with the Harid Conservatory. After graduating from Harid, he joined Atlanta Ballet in 2011 as a Fellowship dancer, and has performed works by choreographers James Kudelka, Juel Lane, Christopher Wheeldon, Bruce Wells and Tara Lee. Alexandre thanks his family, friends and the instructors at Harid for all their support and love. He is thrilled to be a part of the company and looks forward to a long and fruitful career. JACOB BUSH (Eighth Season) grew up in Coon Rapids, Minn., where he trained under Lise Houlton of the Minnesota Dance Theatre. He continued training under Sharon Story at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and under Susan Connally at San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. In Atlanta, Jacob has danced many principal classical roles and has been featured as Matthew and Toulouse-Lautrec in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. He spent the 2012-14 seasons with Germany’s Theatre Augsburg, working with such notable choreographers as Douglas Lee, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Christian Spuck, Itzik Galili and Michael Pink. He created the role of the Younger Brother in the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Rite of Spring and the role of Curdie in the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin. Special thanks to his Pas de Deux Society patrons, Susan & Tony Catalfano.


BIOS PENG-YU CHEN (10th Season) is a native of Taiwan who began her training in Chinese folk dance and gymnastics at age 10 and won two national championships in Chinese folk dance. She holds a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase under the director Carol Walker and received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the President’s Award for Achievement. She danced with Kevin Wynn Collection, Metropolitan Opera Ballet and, under Graham Lustig for three seasons at American Repertory Ballet. Since 2007, she has performed leading roles in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and John McFall’s Peter Pan and was featured in Lauri Stallings’ big, Hampson’s Sinfonietta Giocosa, Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Patterson’s Quietly Walking, Godden’s The Magic Flute, Pickett’s Petal, Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Elo’s 1st Flash, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush and Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. Dance Magazine named Peng one of the 25 to Watch in 2007. She thanks her loving family and husband, Allen, for all their support and encouragement. Special thanks to Peng’s Pas de Deux Society patron the Corps de Ballet. CHRISTIAN CLARK (15th Season), an Atlanta native, began training at age 8 with the Atlanta School of Ballet under the direction of Robert Barnett. As a company member, he has performed the leading roles of Prince in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, Siegfried in John McFall’s Swan Lake, Roméo in Jean-Christophe Maillots’ Roméo et Juliette and Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula. Christian has been a principal guest artist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, performing the role of Matthew on tour and in film for Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet. When not dancing, he enjoys camping, fishing and scuba diving. Christian thanks the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and his family for their continued love and support. Special thanks to Christian’s Pas de Deux Society patron the Corps de Ballet. K IARA FELDER (Third Season) began her ballet training at age 6 in Cary, N.C. at Cary Ballet Conservatory. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she continued training as a professional division student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School on full scholarship. As a student, she performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet in the corps de ballet of George Balanchine’s Le Baiser de la Fée and Coppélia and in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. With Atlanta Ballet, she has danced in Ohad Naharin’s Secus and Minus 16, David Bintley’s Carmina Burana and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette. Kiara thanks her parents, sisters and friends for everything they do to encourage her to follow her passions. Special thanks to Kiara’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Kathleen & Kirk Knous. H EATH GILL (Seventh Season) is an Illinois native who began his dance training at age 4 with jazz, tap and gymnastics. He began studying ballet under the direction of Deena Laska-Lewis. At Atlanta Ballet, he has performed in works by John McFall, Helen Pickett, Michael Pink, David Bintley, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Val Caniparoli, Tara Lee, Lauri Stallings, Stephen Mills, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin and Jean-Christophe Maillot. He was recently featured as Harker in Dracula, the improv soloist in Minus 16, 1st Seminarian in Carmina Burana, Laertes in Hamlet and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2013, Heath was named one of ArtsATL’s “30 under 30,” and, in 2014, Dance Magazine named him one of the “25 to Watch.” Heath’s other interests include playing piano and trumpet, watching movies and camping. He thanks Clara Cravey for her guidance and his friends and family for their love and support. Special thanks to Heath’s Pas de Deux Society patron James Weis.


BIOS S ARA HAVENER (Third Season), from North Carolina, graduated in ballet in 2010 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While there she performed the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in UNCSA’s TV broadcast of The Nutcracker with choreography by Ethan Stiefel. She began her professional career with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, performing such solo roles as the Grace Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and the Peasant Pas de Deux in Act 1 of Giselle. She has danced in Benjamin Millepied’s 28 Variations on a Theme and the world premiere of Cameron McMillan’s Satisfied With Great Success. While with RNZB, she had the pleasure of working with choreographers Javier de Frutos, Johan Kobborg and Larry Keigwin. Most recently, she performed as a demi-soloist in Balanchine’s Serenade staged by Atlanta Ballet’s artistic director emeritus Robert Barnett and Virginia Barnett. Special thanks to Sara’s Pas de Deux Society patron Chris M. Carlos. M ONIKA HACZKIEWICZ (Debut Season) was born and raised in Las Vegas. Throughout her training she has danced at Nevada Ballet Theatre, Kwak Ballet Academy, Tara Foy’s Elite Ballet, Nevada School of Dance and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2015, Monika competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), where she ranked second place in the senior division in the Las Vegas semifinals. She made it to the competition’s final round, performing at New York’s Lincoln Centre as one of the nine girls representing the United States. In the 2015-16 season, she received a full-tuition Nijinksky Dance Scholarship to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Program, where she performed the lead in Paquita, in addition to the Paquita pas de trois. DEVON JOSLIN (Second Season) is from Columbus, Ohio, where she began her dance training at Columbus DanceArts Academy and BalletMet Columbus. She has a B.F.A. from the University of Utah, where she performed with the Utah Ballet resident company and internationally with the Character Dance Ensemble. As a student, Devon spent summers training at Ballet West, Orlando Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow and on scholarship at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. As an Atlanta Ballet Fellowship dancer, she performed with the company in Gina Patterson’s Quietly Walking and Helen Pickett’s ballet-based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams; she also danced the lead role in Bruce Wells’ Snow White. Devon has most enjoyed dancing the role of Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade, at Atlanta Ballet and the University of Utah. She is so thankful for the graciousness and support of her family over the years and looks forward to her second season with the company. Special thanks to Devon’s Pas de Deux Society patron Dante Stephenson. OTAR KHELASHVILI (Debut Season) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from Vakhtang Chabukiani State School of Ballet Art in 2005 and joined the State Ballet of Georgia as a principal dancer. His repertory includes principal parts in such classical ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Chopiniana, Raymonda and others. He also danced leading roles in many Balanchine ballets and dance pieces by contemporary choreographers. From 2007 to 2013, Otar participated in the State Ballet of Georgia’s tours to the United States, performing at the Spoleto Festival and Jacob’s Pillow in 2007 and 2010, touring Europe and presenting at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2010. He has been awarded the Vakhtang Chabukiani Medal.


BIOS TARA LEE (21st Season) grew up in Connecticut, where she trained with Donna Bonasera of Connecticut Dance Theatre. She joined Atlanta Ballet in 1995, after dancing with Joffrey II. She was a member of Vancouver’s Ballet British Columbia in 2006-07 and has performed as a guest artist with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Tara has created principal roles for Christopher Hampson, Douglas Lee, Gina Patterson, Helen Pickett, Crystal Pite and Twyla Tharp, and has performed works for John Alleyne, Alexander Ekman, Jorma Elo, Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Yuri Possokhov and Alexei Ratmansky. Principal roles include those in McFall’s Swan Lake, Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote; Mills’ Hamlet; Kudelka’s The Four Seasons; Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette; Pink’s Romeo & Juliet and Dracula; Welch’s Madame Butterfly; Stevenson’s Cinderella and Three Preludes; Bintley’s Carmina Burana; Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet. Godden’s The Magic Flute; Peterson’s Belling the Slayer; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; and Stalling’s big. Tara has choreographed four works for Atlanta Ballet, most recently the authors and Bless. Special thanks to Tara’s Pas de Deux Society patron Lynn Cochran-Schroder. JORDAN LEEPER (Second Season) is a native of Jamestown, N.Y., who began dancing at age 12 with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, later studying at San Francisco Ballet. Jordan went on to dance with the Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. As a member of Charlotte Ballet, he performed at the John F. Kennedy Center during Ballet Across America in 2013. He has performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Jiří Bubeníček, Sasha Jones, Mark Diamond, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and many more. He was as a guest artist with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and City Ballet of Wilmington and danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson during the company’s 20th season anniversary at the Joyce Theater. He is excited to begin his career with Atlanta Ballet. NADIA MARA (11th Season) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and trained at the National School of Ballet in Uruguay, where she graduated as the best dancer in school and was awarded the Elena Smirnova Gold Medal. In the United States, Nadia started dancing with North Carolina Dance Theatre. At Atlanta Ballet, she performed the lead role in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Nathalie in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, Pamina in Mark Godden’s Magic Flute, Marguerite in the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s ballet based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams and principal roles in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Steven Mills’ Hamlet, James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena and Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin, among others. She was featured in Alexei Ratmnasky’s Seven Sonatas, Ohad Naharin’s Secus, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, Jorma Elo’s 1st Flash, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose, Wayne McGregor’s Eden|Eden and Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. Nadia thanks her beloved mother for giving her courage, strength, support and, most of all, love during all these years. Special thanks to Nadia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Amy Nelson and Style Design. MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA (Fourth Season) was born in Cali, Colombia, where he began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet, Incoballet. In 2008, he relocated to Philadelphia to attend the Rock School. In 2010, he competed in the IBC Jackson International Ballet Competition, progressed to the second round semifinal and made it to the Youth American Grand Prix New York finals. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Miguel danced with Incolballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martinez, appearing as the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. Miguel worked with Twyla Tharp and originated roles in The Princess & the Goblin. He also danced in Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis, Helen Pickett’s Prayer of Touch, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Ohad Naharin’s ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 31

BIOS Minus 16, Gina Patterson’s I AM, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Miguel thanks Atlanta Ballet for its graciousness and support. JACKIE NASH (Sixth Season), a Connecticut native, started her pre-professional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at The Rock School for Dance Education, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has enjoyed dancing such roles as Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and the principal woman in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. She has performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with such choreographers as James Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Jackie thanks her loving parents and amazing sister for their endless support and encouragement. Special thanks to Jackie’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Kathleen & Kirk Knous. B RANDON NGUYEN (Sixth Season), a Texas native, found his love for dance at the Margo Dean School of Ballet in Fort Worth and later moved to Texas Ballet Theatre. He furthered his training at Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, performing solo and principal roles with Houston Ballet II. He received his first job with Orlando Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks and, later, Robert Hill. While in Orlando, he became a lead male dancer with Cirque du Soleil in La Nouba. In 2011, he joined Atlanta Ballet and has enjoyed dancing in works by John McFall, Christopher Wheeldon, Ohad Naharin, David Bintley, Anabelle Lopez-Ochoa and Robyn Mineko Williams. Brandon thanks his parents and his past, present and future teachers. ALESSA ROGERS (Ninth Season) began her training with Daphne Kendall and later attended North Carolina School of the Arts. Principal roles at Atlanta Ballet include Juliette in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Ophelia in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet, Nathalie in Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, Esmeralda in Helen Pickett’s ballet based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams and Lover Girl in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana. She has created multiple roles, including Margaret in Helen Pickett’s The Exiled and Princess Irene in the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin. She has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Yuri Possokhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon and Tara Lee. She has been a guest artist with National Choreographer’s Initiative, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Alessa was chosen by ArtsATL as a 2015 Maker’s Dozen honoree. She is the founder/director of Project Love ATL, which brings local artists together to support local causes. Special thanks to Alessa’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Lucy, Charlotte & Ginny Brewer. ANDERSON SOUZA (Debut Season) the South Brazil native received his training under Jorge Teixeira at the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Danca. After graduating at age 17, he joined Cia Brasileira de Ballet in Rio de Janeiro, where he danced principal and soloist roles in many well-known productions and competed in national and international competitions, including the Beijing International Ballet Competition. Anderson traveled with the company to perform in presentations in Colombia, China, Israel and France. In 2013, he joined Gelsey Kirkland Ballet as a company dancer and continued performing lead roles that earned praise from national critics, including The New York Times. Some of Anderson’s most important roles to date include Wedding Procession, choreographed by Leonid Jacobson; Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird); Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada); Cavalry Halt (Phillip); The Nutcracker (Prince); and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), among others. Anderson is a fan of all of the arts, and — when not dancing — enjoys spending time with friends and family. 32 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

BIOS JARED TAN (Seventh Season) was born in the Philippines and started dancing at age 9 with Philippine Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gener Caringal. He trained for more than 14 years under Russian ballet master Anatoly Panasyukov and distinguished visiting ballet masters Robert Barnett, Graham Lustig, Batt Abbit, Stefan Hoff, Ida Beltran-Lucila, Nonoy Froilan, Maiqui Mañosa, Edna Vida and Stanley Canete. In 2009, he joined American Repertory Ballet in New Jersey under the direction of Graham Lustig, where he performed as the Prince in The Nutcracker and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and danced roles in Rhapsodia and Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen. Jared loves to take pictures and play guitar, basketball and video games. He thanks his family and friends for their continued love and support. He is so thankful to be a part of Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Jared’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. RACHEL VAN BUSKIRK (10th Season) is a Vancouver native who trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, her favorite roles include Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Fortuna in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana and Autumn in James Kedulka’s The Four Seasons. Rachel has performed works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and Alexander Ekman. Last season, she performed the principal role of Princess Irene in Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin, reprised her featured role in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and was a part of Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s El Beso. A highlight was performing Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 in Toronto with the company. She was nominated and was the cover girl for Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and named a “30 Under 30” by ArtsATL. Rachel teaches year-round for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Pre-Professional Program and is pursuing a degree in economics at Georgia State University. She sends love to her family and new fiancé, Kyle, and thanks them for being awesome. Special thanks to Rachel’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Bonnie & Terry Herron. ASHLEY WEGMANN (Second Season) is a New Jersey native who received her early training at the National Ballet of New Jersey and later, on scholarship, at the Princeton Ballet School. After attending Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’a graduate program, she joined the company as a corps de ballet member in 2007. In 2012, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, to dance with BalletMet. Ashley has been fortunate to work with many choreographers and dance a variety of repertoire. Favorite roles and repertoire include a stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Lovely Together and James Kudelka’s Real Life and The Four Seasons. Ashley is thrilled to return to Atlanta Ballet this season. Special thanks to Ashley’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. JOHN WELKER (22nd Season) trained at BalletMet Dance Academy, the School of American Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba and Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colo. His roles with Atlanta Ballet include Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrect in Giselle, Basilio in Don Quixote, Cavalier in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula and Principal Male in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony. He has been featured in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons and Alexei Ratmansky’s Seven Sonatas. Recently, John has worked with choreographers Christopher Hampson, Victor Quijada, Helen Pickett, Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin and Tara Lee. He is the founder and ballet master of Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi and, for seven years, served as a mentor at Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Summer Intensive. He is a dance major at Kennesaw State University, pursuing a graduate degree in arts administration. John and his wife, Christine, have their hands full with their 3-year-old son, Lucas. Special thanks to John’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Lynda Courts.


BIOS R ANSOM WILKES-DAVIS (Debut Season), originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., began his dance education in Savannah, Ga. In 2009, he continued his training with Columbia Classical Ballet in Columbia, S.C., under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich, and he danced with the company for one season. He then went on to study at The Harid Conservatory with Olivier Pardina, Victoria Schneider and Svetlana Osieyeva, before joining Joffrey Ballet in Chicago as a trainee from 2012 to 2014. During his time as a trainee, he danced with the company in Chicago, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and on tour in over 40 performances. In 2014, he was invited to take Company class with Atlanta Ballet, where he was offered an apprentice position for the 14|15 Season. Some of his favorite roles include Darrell Grand Moultire’s Boiling Point, Yuri Possokov’s Classical Symphony, Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, the Prince in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty and Trepak and Rose soloist in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Ransom is thrilled to be a part of Atlanta Ballet. Special thanks to Ransom’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Chris M. Carlos. OLIVIA YOCH (Debut Season), from Richmond, Va., received her dance training from the School of Richmond Ballet and Butler University. She spent two years with Tulsa Ballet II and Tulsa Ballet before joining Atlanta Ballet as an apprentice in 2014. Her favorite repertory includes Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Coppélia, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s El Beso, Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero, Ma Cong’s Match Point and Tara Lee’s the swimmer. Olivia holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Butler University. When not dancing, Olivia enjoys reading, playing board games, drinking coffee and teaching at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She thanks her family, teachers and friends for all their love and support. Special thanks to Olivia’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Marius Hechter.

APPRENTICES 16|17 SEASON DYLAN CLINARD, from Clemmons, N.C., began his dance education at the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program under the direction of Dayna Fox. At age 13, he was offered a scholarship to train full-time at Houston Ballet Academy, where he spent three years in the school’s top level before being promoted to Houston Ballet II under the tutelage of Andrew Murphy, Sally Rojas, Sabrina Lenzi, Claudio Munoz and Stanton Welch. While with Houston Ballet II, he was given many great performance opportunities, including Brigade, The Gentlemen, The Long and Winding Road, Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Raymonda, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth and Clear and Blue. He also performed Ma Cong’s Calling, George Balanchine’s Serenade and August Bournonville’s Napoli, among many other pieces. He has attended summer programs on scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet and the Rock School. Dylan is excited for his second season with Atlanta Ballet. SAHO KUMAGAI is a Japan native who began dancing at age 9. In 2009, she moved to the United States to study on scholarship at the Boston Ballet School. Saho continued her studies on scholarship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Professional Division under the direction of Peter Boal. She performed corps roles in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2014, she joined Charlotte Ballet II and danced such soloist roles as Chinese and Marzipan in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker, working with then-resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden. She became one of 20 finalists at the 2014 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland. Last season as an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet, Saho danced the role of Marya in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and works by Yuri Possokhov and Darrell Grand Moultrie. She thanks her family and friends for their love and support.


BIOS KRISTEN MARSHALL, originally from Richmond Hill, Ga., began her dance training in Savannah at Madeline Walker Coastal Ballet Theatre under the direction of Gaye Baxley. As a student, she spent summers training at the Rock School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. In 2015, she was offered a fellowship position with Atlanta Ballet, where she performed in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Bruce Wells’ Snow White and the role of Aurora in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty. She has performed pieces by James Kudelka and George Balanchine, including Spring from The Four Seasons, and Serenade. This is her first season as an apprentice. LAURA MORTON was born in Maryville, Tenn., and began her dance training at Van Metre School of Dance under the direction of her mother, Amy Morton Vaughn. She spent summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Chautauqua Institute and Atlanta Ballet. She left Tennessee in 2013 to join Houston Ballet Academy as a level 7 student and completed high school online. In summer 2014, Laura participated in Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Summer Intensive and was offered a position in the Fellowship Ensemble. Last year she danced the role of Carabosse in John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty. She has also danced works by Stanton Welch, Anthony Tudor and George Balanchine. Laura is thrilled to be an apprentice with Atlanta Ballet and thanks her parents and sister for their loving support. K EITH REEVES, from Augusta, Ga., began his training at age 15 with Jennifer Tools at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. In 2010, he continued his training at the Augusta Ballet School and was asked to join the company Dance Augusta under the direction of Zane and Ron Colton. Before joining Atlanta Ballet, Keith was trained by Nicolas Pacana and Jocelyn Buchanan with the Atlanta Festival Ballet Company and studied at such distinguished dance schools as Colombia County Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Atlanta Festival Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. In 2010, he received a scholarship from acclaimed opera singer Jessye Norman to attend Joffery Ballet School’s summer intensive and, in 2014, received the Audrey B. Morgan Scholarship for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Conservatory Division. In his time at Atlanta Ballet, Keith has performed in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, John McFall’s The Sleeping Beauty, Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, Tara Lee’s the swimmer and Gina Patterson’s Quietly Walking, among others. After a successful year in the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble, Keith is excited to dance with the Company as an apprentice. Photos by Charlie McCullers

DISTINGUISHED GUEST ARTIST N ATHAN GRISWOLD is originally from the Pacific Northwest and began his dance training under Kay Englert in Tacoma, Wash. He finished his formal dance training at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, then danced professionally with Houston Ballet, Alberta Ballet and Atlanta Ballet, and as a guest with Los Angeles Chamber Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theater. In 2010, Nathan moved to Germany to dance for Ballet Augsburg and the National Theater Mannheim. His choreographic works have been performed by Ballet Augsburg, the Augsburg Opera, State Theater of Ulm and Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi. When he returned to Atlanta in 2014, Nathan co-founded Fly on a Wall, a physical theater and installation company. With his colleagues, he has been creating diverse work using different mediums and performance genres. He is excited to once again join Atlanta Ballet at the Fox Theatre for the 2016 production of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Photo by Bubba Carr.


BIOS ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTIOn TEAM JOHN MCFALL (Choreographer) studied dance with Ms. Tatiana Dokoudovska who not only taught the art of dance, but also inspired him to pursue an adventurous life in theatre. At sixteen, he was contracted to dance at Kansas City’s Starlight Theater, one of the premier showcase summer stock venues in the country. Following this, he became a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet for two decades, working with distinguished choreographers and touring the world. Mr. McFall became recognized as a choreographer himself and was commissioned to create premieres for a variety of companies, including San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and National Ballet of Canada. Mikael Baryshnikov invited Mr. McFall to create two works for American Ballet Theater in which Mikael also performed. On the heels of his dance career, Mr. McFall joined BalletMet as artistic director, moved the company into a state of the art facility, created new repertoire, and introduced BalletMet to the touring circuit. This financially stabilized the organization, added months to dancer contracts, and inspired the finest artists to join the company. In 1994, Mr. McFall became artistic director and CEO of Atlanta Ballet, where he immediately established the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education with the focus of bringing dance arts into public schools. His keen interest in programming innovative works led to collaborations with artists like the Indigo Girls and Antwan André Patton (Big Boi) from OutKast. The mix of ballet with cutting-edge choreography from around the world is a trademark of John McFall. As choreographer of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Mr. McFall’s intent is to present an entertaining family production that over one million people have happily witnessed to date. Thank you for joining us for Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and helping sustain the mission of Atlanta Ballet. ROBERT HAND JR. (Lighting Designer), a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, has a B.F.A. in lighting design and works for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. During his 11 years at Atlanta Ballet, he designed Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and many of John McFall’s full-length ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella and The Great Gatsby. He has also designed many repertory pieces for the Company, including Ramblin’ Suite, Bachslide, Jupiter, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Inoui Rossini, Boiling Point, Shoo Pah Minor, Rite of Spring, Quietly Walking, Home in 7, Prayer of Touch, Firebird and Pavo. PETER HORNE (Set Designer) considers The Nutcracker his favorite classic of the ballet repertoire. This is his sixth design, and he is always finding new ways to illustrate this wonderful story ballet. Peter designed a Nutcracker for Slovak National Ballet in 36 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

2008, following his productions for Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet and Les Grands Ballets. Other notable ballet designs include Scheherazade, Casse Noisette and Coppélia for Montreal and Skeleton Clock for Houston Ballet. As the assistant to Maurice Sendak, Peter was part of the creation of The Nutcracker for Pacific Northwest Ballet, which later became a film. After many years working in the opera world as a designer and production and technical director for Houston Grand Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Glyndebourne Festival in England, Peter has retired to the south coast of England near Rye, where he’s focusing on painting, designing for stage and gardening. JUDANNA LYNN (Costume Designer) has designed for most of the major dance companies in the United States, including the Michael Pink Peter Pan that was seen on PBS. In addition to seven Nutcracker productions around the country, her credits include the costumes for Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s theme park in Hong Kong, the musical Lyle for Charles Strouse, the Hartford Stage/Old Globe Theatre’s production of Tintypes, Cleveland Play House’s Tin Pan Alley Rag and Once on This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. GARY SHELDON (Conductor) has had a distinguished career conducting for ballet, which includs positions with San Francisco Ballet, BalletMet and Miami City Ballet, where he serves as principal conductor. He has guest-conducted for Alberta Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet, Hartford Ballet, New Orleans Ballet and the Norwegian Ballet in Oslo. Maestro Sheldon recently won the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting for recordings with Lancaster Festival Orchestra at the Lancaster Festival in Ohio, where he is artistic director. He is also principal conductor at the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. He has held conducting positions with the New Orleans Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Syracuse Opera Theatre and Marin Symphony in California, where he served as music director and, in 1996, won the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Marin Cultural Center and Museum. He is a native of Bay Shore, N.Y., and a graduate of the Juilliard School.

ORCHESTRA ATLANTA BALLET ORCHESTRA Gary Sheldon, Conductor VIOLIN Lisa Morrison Concertmaster Sally Wilson Martin, Assoc. Concertmaster Linda Pinner Principal Second Adelaide Federici Keiko Furness Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Angele Sherwood-Lawless Lee Nicholson Patrick Ryan Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo

VIOLA Joli Wu, Principal Amy Chang (leave of absence) Sarah Park (leave of absence) Kristeen Sorrells

OBOE Erica Howard, Principal Diana Dunn

CELLO Charae Krueger, Principal Mary Kenney Alice Williams CONTRABASS Lyn Deramus, Principal Christina Caterino HARP Nella Rigell, Principal FLUTE Jeanne Carere, Principal Kelly Via

CLARINET Katherine White, Principal Greg Collins BASSOON Amy Pollard, Principal Dan Worley HORN Jason Eklund, Principal Anna Dodd Amy Trotz TRUMPET Kevin Lyons, Principal John Morrison, Co-principal Greg Holland

TROMBONE Robb Smith, Principal Mark McConnell Richard Brady TUBA Don Strand, Principal TIMPANI Scott Douglas, Principal PERCUSSION Mike Cebulski, Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner PERSONNEL MANAGER Mark McConnell

The Orchestral Musicians in this performance are members of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians, Local 148-462 of the American Federation of Musicians.


Photo by Kim Kenney.

congratulates our board member Chris M. Carlos on being named the 2016 Philanthropist of the Year by the Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals. Thank you, Chris, for all you do to support Atlanta Ballet and so many other non-profits in our city!


ADMINISTRATION EXECUTIVE Arturo Jacobus, President & CEO Manda Wilhite, Board Relations & Capital Campaign Manager ARTISTIC Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sarah Hillmer, Ballet Mistress Roman Rykine, Ballet Master Dale Shields, Ballet Mistress

Centre Education Associates Ansilla Bearden, Jacquelle Blythe, Veronica Cato, Gretchen Hughes, Imani Joseph, Rebecca Kendall, Chantia Robinson, Emily Tomasi, Laura VanKouwenberg, Corinne Weintraub

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Pamela Whitacre, Chief Operating Officer Bradley Renner, General Manager Mary French, Operations Director Lene Sabin, Accounting Manager Alan Strange, IT/Database Coordinator

Atlanta Ballet Boutique Leslie Campbell Judge, General Manager Hillary Drawe, Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre Boutique Manager/ Company Pointe Shoe Manager Becky Kelly, Warehouse/Inventory Manager

DEVELOPMENT Steven B. Libman, Chief Advancement Officer Mia Colson, Institutional Giving Officer Amy Green, Major Gifts Officer Lauren Elliott, Individual Gifts Officer Celeste Pendarvis, Special Events Manager

Principal Faculty Armando Luna

MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Tricia Ekholm, Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Pierce, Associate Director of Marketing Julia Berg, Public Relations Manager Brian Wallenberg, Social Media Coordinator/Videographer Julie Watson, Creative Design Manager Myredith Gonzales, Group Sales Manager Lauren Wilson, Marketing Coordinator TICKETING & PATRON SERVICES Lindsay Smith, Associate Director of Ticketing & Patron Services Dana Hylton Calabro, Patron Services Associate Prenecia Brooks, Patron Services Assistant Mallory Hazen, Patron Services Assistant PRODUCTION John Beaulieu, Production Manager/Technical Director Amanda Craig, Stage Manager Joseph Walls, Lighting Supervisor Sicily Ledford, Company Manager/Assistant Stage Manager

CENTRE FOR DANCE EDUCATION Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director Sharon Story, Dean Kelly Cooper, Centre Administrative Director Nicole Kedaroe, Centre Programs Manager Diane Sales, Community Partnerships Manager Kate Gaul, Buckhead Centre Principal Christine Welker, Powers Ferry Centre Principal

Faculty Tally Balakirsky, Shirley Bennett, Jonathan Carter, Harmony Clair, Kelly Cooper, Lonnie Davis, Rebekah Diaddigo, Samba Diallo, Peter Doll, Hillary Drawe, Mary Linn Durbin, Taylor Ferguson, Vershion Funderburk, Pedro Gamino, Vanessa Gibson, Kara Gillcrist, Giselle Gilmore, Martha Goodman, Ray Hall, Alera Harrison, Sarah Hillmer, Sean Hilton, Nathan Hites, Maria Hooper, Gretchen Hughes, Michelle Jericevich, Jelani Jones, TereLyn Jones, Nicole Kedaroe, Rebecca Kendall, Saho Kumagai, Xavier Lewis, Chelsea Manning, Rebecca Metzger, Rosemary Miles, Janet Simone Parks, Terese Reynolds-Thomas, Chantia Robinson, Erin Robinson, Diane Sales, Carol Szkutek, Jared Tan, Abigail Tan-Gamino, Emily Tomasi, Rachel Van Buskirk, Laura VanKouwenberg, Christine Welker, Alexis Whitehead-Polk, Lloyd Whitmore, Olivia Yoch Accompanists Tara Briner, Alan Brown, Kyla Cummings, Ronnie Ray, Yulia Rice, Gretel Rodriguez

COSTUMES Colleen McGonegle, Interim Costume Director Rehnuma Tajbin, Draper/Patternmaker Benjamin Walsh, Construction Supervisor Jane Kuipers, Wardrobe Coordinator Sophia Parrish, Costume Apprentice

ATLANTA BALLET board of trustees Allen W. Nelson, Chairman Elizabeth Adams, Vice Chair David Crosland, Vice Chair Kristen Manion Taylor, Vice Chair Sue Gibbs, Treasurer Kathleen Knous, Secretary Trustees Ghislaine v. G. Austin Jan Beaves Ron Breakstone Ginny Brewer

Kelly C. Cannon Chris Carlos Dr. Meria Carstarphen Anthony Catalfano Lynn Cochran-Schroder Lynda B. Courts Lavona S. Currie Cynthia Day Nancy Field Janet Gagliano Amy Gerome Jamila M. Hall Lisa Hermann* Joyce Houser, Ph.D Arturo Jacobus* Barbara S. Joiner Edward B. Krugman


Allen Maines Gennadi Nedvigin* David Porter Asif Ramji Joey Reiman Marsha Taylor* Pam Wakefield Jon S. Wright

Kenneth R. Hey Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford Eric Robbins Laura Turner Seydel Takashi Shinozuka Ewoud N. Swaak Judith Varnai Shorer Juan Carlos Urdaneta

Michelle Sullivan Trustees Emeriti Lynda Courts, Chair Emeritus Lavona Currie Stanley Rose III Karen Vereb Patti Wallace

Advisory Council Mark Bell Barbara Bing Louise Blais Kevin Brown Erroll B. Davis Maria Stela Frota Robert L. Green

Honorary Board Margaret Carton Wade Hooper J. David Hopkins Bill Huber, CPA Michael Jones Sloan Kennedy-Smith Amanda Shailendra

Lifetime Board Jane Dean Carole Goldberg Joseph Prendergast Deen Day Sanders *Ex-Officio

ANNUAL FUND DONORS Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following individuals, businesses, foundations and volunteer groups whose generous annual contributions as well as sponsorships of special events were received during the period of August 1, 2015 – October 15, 2016.

Foundation, Corporate & Government Donors $100,000 & Up Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation The Kendeda Fund The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Inc. $50,000 - $99,999 The Home Depot Foundation Neiman Marcus The Sara Giles Moore Foundation The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation $25,000 - $49,999 City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Delta Fulton County Arts Council The Imlay Foundation, Inc. National Endowment for the Arts PNC Financial Services Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. The Zeist Foundation, Inc. $10,000 - $24,999 The Audrey Morgan Family Foundation Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. City National Bank Comcast Georgia Council for the Arts Georgia-Pacific Foundation Holder Construction Company JBS Foundation Lenox Square Mark & Evelyn Trammell Foundation The Pittulloch Foundation, Inc. Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Ray M. and Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation, Inc. Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Worldpay US, Inc.

$5,000 - $9,999 Atlanta Foundation Atlantic Capital Bank The Fraser-Parker Foundation John & Mary Franklin Foundation Jones Day PwC $2,500 - $4,999 Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc. McMaster-Carr Supply Company $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous Graham Family Foundation Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Publix Super Markets Thomas H. Lanier Family Foundation Turner Foundation, Inc Matching Gift Corporations The Coca-Cola Company Comcast Google The Home Depot Foundation Illinois Tool Works McKesson Microsoft Norfolk Southern SAP America SunTrust

Atlanta Ballet is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also received support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, and major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding has been provided by our individual donors, corporate sponsors and foundations.


ANNUAL FUND DONORS individual Donors The Director’s Circle $100,000 & Up Mr. & Mrs. Chris Michael Carlos $50,000 - $99,999 Ginny & Charles Brewer Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Courts II Sarah & Jim Kennedy Mr. Jon S. Wright $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous (2) Tommy & Chantal Bagwell Susan & Tony Catalfano Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder Lavona S. Currie Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder Barbara & Eric Joiner $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous (2) Elizabeth & Howell Adams III Ms. Jan P. Beaves Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen & David Heleniak Michelle & David Crosland Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Gagliano Ms. Amy Gerome-Acuff & Mr. Daniel Acuff Sue & Duane Gibbs Kenneth R. Hey Mr. Douglas Hopkins Mr. J. David Hopkins Laurie & John Hopkins Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Kathleen & Kirk Knous Stuart & Kurt Kronauge Edward Krugman & Jill Pryor Mr. James A. Maines & Ms. Pam Yarbrough Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor Mr. Allen W. Nelson Ms. Sandra Noecker Delphine Podsiadlo Mr. Asif Ramji Karen & Forrest Robinson Stephanie & Austin Stephens Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney Carol & Ramon Tomé Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton Pam Wakefield Mr. James Weis The Encore Circle $7,500 - $9,999 Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cannon Marius Hechter Bonnie & Terry Herron Mr. William F. Snyder Mr. Dante S. Stephensen $5,000 - $7,499 Anonymous Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D. Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel

REPAY / JAM Family Investments Amy Nelson & Style Design Doug & Ginger (Brill) Pisik John & Jan Portman Dana & Mark Ray $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. & Mrs. Miguel I. Arteche Mrs. Barbara Bastin Sara & Alex Brown Angela & Kirk Clinard Mr. & Mrs. Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Sharyn Doanes-Bergin Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Elkins Joanne & Alex Gross Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes The Mortimer Family Drs. Christine & Michael Murphy Ms. Charlene R. Pletz Stanley H. Rose III Danna & Mike Sanders Sharon & David Schachter Debby & Baker Smith Dr. John Trimble & Ms. Marianne Stribling Mr. & Mrs. James E. Stueve Mr. & Mrs. Juan Carlos Urdaneta Naya & Sue Wooldridge Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees $1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous (2) Spring & Tom Asher William Bishop Tina & Paul Blackney Lindsay & Evan Borenstein Michael Bracken Dr. James A. Brennan Dr. & Mrs. William Brinkman Mr. & Mrs. Jerome M Cooper Sally & Richard Darling Mr. Philip A. Delanty Mr. Richard Delay & Ms. Francine Dykes Ms. Christan Eiler Doug & Florida Ellis Mary French Kathryn & Tom Gable Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Goddard Richard Goodjoin & Kelvin Davis Mrs. Carol L. Goodman Nancy & Holcombe Green Steve, Susan & Grace Hauser Ellen W. Heard Steffi & Bill Huber Mr. & Mrs. Lyman Hurd Akpo Igherighe & Celeste Pendarvis Elvira & Arturo Jacobus Marsha King Leigh Anna & Steven Lang Melanie & Chris Leeth Ms. Doreen M. Lewis Mrs. Vaughn Linder Ms. Linda Lively & Mr. James Hugh Gino & Belinda Massafra Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany


Maria & Chris Moffett Robert W. Parris & Bradley W. Renner Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pelletier Stuart Pliner & Barbara Bing Pliner Ms. Christine Noguere & Mr. Phillip Pope Mr. & Mrs. David Porter Margery & Dan Reason Fund Roger W. Scott Mr. & Mrs. Rutherford Seydel Dr. & Mrs. Mark Silverstein Johannah Smith Dr. & Mrs. Peter J. Sones Maria & William Spears Edus H. & Harriet H. Warren Pam & Paul Whitacre Paula & Mike Wilson The Patron Circle $500 - $999 Anonymous (2) Diane & Kent Alexander Drs. Elise & John Beltrami Mrs. George C. Blount, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Gregory W. Blount David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin Carol Comstock & Jim Davis Robert Paul Dean & Robert Epstein Tricia & Chris Ekholm Lauren & Rick Elliott Amy & Niels Engberding Ms. Marguerite Hallman Grace Pownall & Ron Harris Helen & Jeff Herbert Lisa & Forrest Hibbard Michal & Jack Hillman Dr. Ronald Eugene Huet Georgiana B. King Steven Libman & Carol Killworth Dr. Pamela R. Lux Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Maier, Jr. Loraine Maloney Terri & Stephen Nagler Mrs. Polly N. Pater & Mrs. Patty S. Beem Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Perkowitz Dr. Barbara Simmons Marsha Sims & Tom Schramkowski Sloan & John Smith Anne M. Spratlin Drs. Vin Tangpricha & Cherry Wongtrakool Dr. Peter & Mrs. Beverly Thomas Donna & Andy Toledo Mr. John J. UyHam & Dr. Kirsten Travers-UyHam Veronica M. Vincent & Robert I. Wertheimer Stephen Walker Alan & Marcia Watt $250 - $499 Anonymous (2) Judith & Aaron Alembik Time Space Organization Mark & Belinda Anderson Ms. Danielle Berry Suzanne & Rob Boas

Julia & Justin Boller Mr. Douglas Borenstein Dr. Harold J. Brody Meredith Brogan Betty Burge Liz & Charlie Cohn Mr. Lawrence M. Cohen Kathleen & Brian Corrao James Datka & Nora DePalma Reverend James D. Duffy Mr. & Mrs. Gregory S. Durden Mr. & Ms. Rolston A. Dyer Elaine Eaton Sarah Segrest Emerson Bob & Lynn Koch Mrs. Susan Fleck Hannah Maria Frady Louise B. Franklin Kathryn & Patrick Gaul Patricia Goodman Amy Green Dr. Arthur Griffiths Peter Gross Sandra D. Haisten Donna Adams Hall Thomas Hardeman Gail A. Harvard & William D. Harvard Tom & Lisa Hermann Roberta Taylor & James Hill Jim & Mary Long Howard Ben Hunter Shirley Irek & Lawrence Niren Lee Kapner Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich Dr. Joon Y. Kim & Dr. Myong Suk Lee Bob & Lynn Koch Allan & Vaneesa Little Mrs. Carolyn Luesing Paul Maley Mr. William McClain Jennifer & Virginia McGuffey Mr. & Mrs. Michael McLain Mr. & Mrs. David V. McQueen Mr. & Mrs. Guy W. Millner Michelle Flake Morgan Elizabeth & Chris Morris Sarah Murray Wendy & Steven Nesheim Dr. Karen Olsen-Howard Mr. & Mrs. Keith D. Osborn Patrick Oxford Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Darryl Payne & Lisa Richardson Stephen L. Rann Joyce Reedy Dr. Robert & Gail Riesenberg Richard A. Rose and Family Timothy & Jerrye Scofield Dr. & Mrs. Anthony H. Sgro Beverly & Milton Shlapak Dr. & Mrs. Alan Sunshine Barbara & Jon Swann Dr. Michael & Fran Szikman Mr. Tarek Takieddini Mr. & Mrs. Perry Taylor Charlotte & David Terrell Ms. Karen Trujillo Rebecca Wheeler & Morgan NeSmith

ANNUAL FUND DONORS Gifts in Honor & Memoriam In Memory of Virginia Rich Barnett Spring & Tom Asher Lyle Aldridge & Sherrylyn Young Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Avery Betty Burge Lynda & Richard Courts Hallie Cullen & Thomas Martin Sally & Richard Darling Lynne & Charles D’Huyvetter Peggy & Ed Hallman Henley Haslam LeStanne Opticians Paul Maley Jackie & Tony Montag and Family James Montag Elaine & Freeman Murphy Richard A. Rose and Family Maria & William Spears Judith Story Lon W. Williams Sally Weintraub

In Honor of Lynn CochranShroder Marietta Petters

In Honor of Ginny & Charles Brewer Diane & Kent Alexander

In Memory of Herman Libman Coxe Curry & Associates Ana & Eric Robbins

In Honor of Ginny Brewer Ansley Park Garden Club

In Honor of Devon Lux-Archer Dr. Pamela R. Lux

In Honor of Lynda & Richard W. Courts II Mrs. Vaughn Linder In Honor of Lynda Courts Kathi & Robert Goddard In Honor of Lavona Currie Susan Currie Larry & Nancy Mansfield Elizabeth Spratlin

In Honor of John McFall Lynda & Richard Courts

In Honor of Sharon Story Anonymous

In Memory of Louis Molino Michael Bracken

In Memory of Steve Wakefield Tina and Paul Blackney Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Bill Schroder Lynda & Richard Courts Lavona Currie Susan & George Dunn Anne Leader & Richard Guether Patrick Oxford Mrs. William A. Parker, Jr. Merrell Woodyard Dotty & Ron Zazworsky

In Memory of Edward Mortimer The Mortimer Family In Honor of Hannah Morris Elizabeth & Chris Morris In Memory of Bob Podsiadlo Delphine Podsiadlo

In Memory of Bernadette Datka James Datka & Nora DePalma

In Honor of Julianne Kepley Spratlin Anne M. Spratlin

In Memory of Bettye Dobson Elizabeth and Joseph Nuzzaco

In Memory of Edwin Story Sandra & David Burgess Mr. & Mrs. Chris Michael Carlos Ruth & Richard Circle Lynda & Richard Courts Lavona Currie Katrina & Wayne Franklin Dana Hylton Calabro & Matt Calabro Loraine Maloney Cindy & John Morris Sandra Noecker Judith Story Judy Story & Steve Risolvato Lois & James Story Sharon Story & Kim Kenney

In Honor of Sara Havener Mrs. Georgiana B. King

PAS DE DEUX SOCIETY Members of the Pas de Deux Society have made an extra gift of $5,000 to artistically support an individual dancer this season. Lucy, Charlotte and Ginny Brewer Chris M. Carlos (4 dancers)

Susan & Tony Catalfano Lynn Cochran-Schroder Corps de Ballet (2 dancers) Lynda Courts

Marius Hechter Bonnie & Terry Herron Kathleen & Kirk Knous (2 dancers)

Amy Nelson and Style Design Dante Stephenson James Weis

THE DOROTHY ALEXANDER LEGACY SOCIETY Honoring our Past, Stewarding our Present, and Planning for Our Future Individuals who have included Atlanta Ballet in their long-term estate plans through bequests and other deferred-giving arrangements. Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder Patty & Marc Dash

Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Melodi Ford

Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Morgan

Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel

IN-KIND SUPPORT Atlanta Ballet is grateful to the following organizations for their in-kind support received during the period of August 1, 2015 – October 15, 2016. Jean Padberg & Associates Jones Day M.A.C Cosmetics Microsoft Corporation Ryder Truck Rental


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS atlanta ballet is grateful for the support from the following Atlantic Capital Bank Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, The Official Coffee Provider of Atlanta Ballet Cooper Atlanta Transportation Services, The Preferred Chauffeured Service of Atlanta Ballet M.A.C Cosmetics, The Makeup Provider of Atlanta Ballet Motion Stability, The Official Physical Therapy Provider of Atlanta Ballet Kennesaw State University, The Official Academic Partner of Atlanta Ballet Publix Super Markets, The Preferred Super Market of Atlanta Ballet Ryder Truck Rental Systems, Inc., The Official Set Transporter of Atlanta Ballet Cassidy M. Foley, D.O. Pediatric Orthopedic Associates, Next Level Sports Medicine Christy Pringle, LMT-Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, Wellspa Dr. Frank A. Sinkoe, Podiatric Orthopedics Dr. Kara Pepper, Laureate Medical Group Dr. Laura Gandy, Laureate Medical Group Dr. Letha Griffin, Orthopedic Specialist, Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic Smith & Howard, Audit Firm Jean Padberg & Associates, P.C., Immigration Counsel Jones Day, Attorneys ASV, Video Services Charlie McCullers Photography Corporate Sports Unlimited J.D. French & Assoc. Kim Kenney Photography Advertising for Good Interprint Communications Strengthening Leaders Four Seasons Hotel

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.


EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)

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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin. . . . . . . . . . . . C.O.O. & General Manager Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Elton Howze. . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Information Systems Carmie McDonald . . . . . . . . . Director, Fox Theatre Institute Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . Manager Ticket Sales and Service Jon Cooper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guest Services Manager Shelby Moody . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Head Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projection

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Edward Hutchison, Walt Huntley, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm

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