Atlanta Ballet: Nutcracker, December, 2022

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ATLANTA BALLET THE NUTCRACKER DECEMBER 2022 CONTENTS Atlanta Ballet ...................................................... 7 Synopsis .......................................................... 10 Leadership ........................................................ 13 Artistic Staff...................................................... 14 The Company.................................................... 18 Artistic and Production Team .................................. 20 Atlanta Ballet Orchestra 25 Board of Trustees ................................................ 26 Supporters .. .................................................... 28 Administration .. ................................................ 41 3
Atlanta Ballet dancers. Photo by Kim Kenney.

December 9-26, 2022 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Yuri Possokhov

Scenic Design by Tom Pye

Costume Design by Sandra Woodall

Lighting Design by David Finn Video Design by Finn Ross Props and Set Decoration by Faye Armon-Troncoso

Conductor, Ari Pelto with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra

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Serena Chu, Abigail Tan-Gamino, Calla Vaughn


Jessica Assef, Nadyne Bispo, Severin Brotschul, Jacob Bush, Emily Carrico, Michael Caye, Anastasia Cheplyansky, Dylan Clinard, Catherine Conley, Larissa Dal’Santo, Georgia Dalton, Thomas Davidoff, Darian Kane, Brooke Gilliam, Sujin Han, Jessica He, Airi Igarashi, Erik Kim, Benjamin Kuefler, Saho Kumagai, SoJung Lee, Jordan Leeper, Guilherme Maciel, Sergio Masero, Juliana Missano, Miguel Angel Montoya, Denys Nedak, Carraig New, Patric Palkens, Hui Wen Peng, Ángel Ramírez, Evelyn Robinson, Kaitlin Matree Roemer, Mikaela Santos, Anderson Souza, Fuki Takahashi, Kelsey Van Tine, Ashley Wegmann, Spencer Wetherington, Luiz Fernando Xavier


Santiago Bedoya, Georgie Grace Butler, Ephraim Fowler, Avery Jarrard, Breanna Faith Justus, Emmanuel López, Mayu Nakayama, Emma Sophia Robinson, Estefania Ontanilla, Samantha Schuermann, Gianna Horton-Sibble, Paxton Speight, Emanuel Talongo, Covin Washington

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Dorothy Moses Alexander - Atlanta Ballet Founder, 1929 - 1960 Robert Barnett - Artistic Director Emeritus, 1961 - 1994 John McFall – Artistic Director, 1994 - 2016

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This staging of The Nutcracker ballet takes place in a charming German city on Christmas Eve and pulls in elements from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score. This two-act ballet, a classic holiday story, uses elaborately crafted scenery combined with advanced techniques in lighting and video projection to enhance the story’s magic.


It is Christmas Eve, and family and friends gather for holiday festivities at the Stahlbaum house. Guests arrive by sleds and skis and frolic outside. Young Marie Stahlbaum, a shy bookworm, welcomes the arrival of the guests, including her mysterious godfather Drosselmeier, a clock worker who, with his magical abilities, makes Christmas presents for his nieces and nephews every year. This year, he brings a peculiar gift to Marie — a Nutcracker Doll.

It is nearly midnight, the party has ended, and the guests have said their goodbyes. Marie returns to the cabinet to check on her new Nutcracker Doll and suddenly finds herself surrounded by a horde of menacing mice. Magically, her beloved Nutcracker jumps to the rescue as she watches her dolls come to life and everything around her grows in size.

After an exhausting, but yet unfinished battle, Drosselmeier reveals to Marie that the Nutcracker is a prince. Charmed with each other, Marie and the Nutcracker dance through a wonderland of snow before embarking on a magical journey.


Drosselmeier enters in grand fashion and introduces a world of books, thousands flying in the air when he selects one particularly interesting book. It happens to be the very same book Marie used to fight off the mice and where the Mouse King hid after the battle. The Nutcracker Prince and Marie float back in together and dance among the flowers. Drosselmeier recalls the book, which has grown tremendously, and the Mouse King and his army appear. Drosselmeier arms the Nutcracker Prince for a battle, and the Nutcracker Prince defeats the Mouse King with his sword.

Drosselmeier invites Marie and the Nutcracker Prince back into his mysterious world, taking them on a journey through the pages of a storybook to fantastical places where they meet characters from different countries around the world. Remarkably, they witness bullfights, snake charmers, and the most amazing flower garden dancing in the wind.

On their way back after spending enchanted time together, the Nutcracker Prince wants Marie to stay with him. Drosselmeier separates them, holding onto Marie as the Nutcracker Prince departs.

Marie finds herself dreaming and wakes up. She realizes that everything must come to an end and she is delighted by memories of a wonderful world filled with beautiful music, travel and adventure, evoking the timeless and magical spirit of the holidays that she will fondly remember for years to come.


GENNADI NEDVIGIN (Artistic Director), in February 2016, was named Atlanta Ballet’s fourth artistic director in the Company’s then 87-year history. Nedvigin, born in Rostov, Russia, began his training at age 5. At 10, he was accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Upon graduating, he joined 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 U.S., San Francisco Ballet (SFB) Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson offered Nedvigin a soloist contract. After three years, he was promoted to principal dancer. While at SFB, Nedvigin won the International Competition’s Erik Bruhn Prize (1999). He has also received three Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (2001, 2010 and 2017). Along the way, Nedvigin was fortunate to work with many world-renowned choreographers. In addition to his dancing career, Nedvigin also taught master classes and staged ballets in the U.S. and abroad before becoming an artistic director. Recently, Nedvigin sat on juried panels at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, the International Ballet Competition held in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Youth America Grand Prix. Under Nedvigin’s guidance, Atlanta Ballet has established the Academy training program, which includes a top-tier performance ensemble, Atlanta Ballet 2, representing his commitment to training for the next generation of professional dancers.

TOM WEST (Executive Director) assumed his role as Atlanta Ballet’s Executive Director at the top of the 2021 | 2022 Season. West’s career in arts management spans more than 20 years including leadership roles at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Film Institute. An actor and theatre director by training, West received a Master of Arts in arts administration from Amer ican University and began his career in arts management at the Kennedy Center in 1997, where he rose to serve as Vice President of Development, overseeing all fundraising programs for the National Symphony Orchestra and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and leading the effort to fund a remount of Balanchine’s Don Quixote. In 2007, West served as Vice President of Development for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts inCosta Mesa, Cal ifornia. From 2010-2021, West served as the Chief Advancement Officer for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he championed the development of new programs to provide bridges to the film industry for under-represented storytellers in Hollywood. West also served on AFI’s senior leadership team, shaping organizational strategy for the Institute’s filmmaker training programs and working with major studios developing targeted diversity initiatives, as well as its strategy for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. West established the AFI National Council in 2011, a community of philanthropists from across the United States who serve as champions for excellence in the art of film and opportunities for the next generation of great storytellers.

SHARON STORY (Dean of the Centre for Dance Education) joined Atlanta Ballet after a professional dance career that spanned more than 20 years and included tenures with Joffrey Ballet, the School of American Ballet, Stars of New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and 10 years with Boston Ballet. Her Boston Ballet tenure included international tours with Rudolf Nureyev. In 1996, along with her role as ballet mistress, Story became dean of Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education (Centre), which has grown to become one of thelargest dance schools in the nation. The Centre is nationally recognized for its programs and community initiatives. Under Story’s direction, the Centre achieved accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). She serves on the board of directors for NASD. In 2021, Story received Atlanta Ballet’s Dorothy Alexander Award. She received the 2015 Women Making a Mark Award from Atlanta Magazine and was featured in the Arts ATL Legacy Series 2018. Story is committed to providing a noncompetitive atmosphere and access to dance education that is shaped by the community’s needs, is innovative and inspires the commitment and excellence that are the trademarks of Atlanta Ballet.




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ANGELA AGRESTI (Company Repetiteur) grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she began her training at the Jordon College Academy of Dance. In high school, she transferred to North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) for ballet where she worked closely with mentor Anna-Marie Holmes. After UNCSA, Agresti went on to dance with Cincinnati Ballet for one season before moving to Amsterdam to be in Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch Na tional Ballet) where she danced for eight years. While at Het Nationale Ballet, she danced a mix of classical ballets, Balanchine works, Hans van Manen repertoire, contemporary and neoclassical works, along with new creations. Agresti has been featured in William Forsythe’s Second Detail, Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quichot, Shen Wei’s Sacre du Printemps, and other notable ballets, such as The Dream, Paquita and Swan Lake. During her time dancing in Amsterdam, Agresti gained experience as a choreographic assistant for multiple choreographers’ stage, film and festival works. She traveled to Riom, Switzerland, assisting works by Juanjo Arques and Peter Leung for the Origen Cultural Festival. She also worked with Peter Leung on the first ever virtual reality ballet titled Nightfall. Since returning to the U.S. in 2018, Agresti has been teaching, coaching and rehearsing dancers at the collegiate, pre-professional and professional levels. She held positions at Butler University and Anderson University, and as a company ballet teacher and rehearsal assistant at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In 2018, she assisted Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in the making of Tulips and Lobster for Kansas City Ballet and re-staged the work for the company the following season. She holds certifications in the ABT National Training Curriculum for levels Pre-Primary through Level 5 and has received Basi Pilates teach er training for mat Pilates and reformer. She is certified as an integrative nutrition health coach and holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of California Irvine. Agresti is looking forward to working with the wonderfully talented dancers and artistic team of Atlanta Ballet led by Gennadi Nedvigin.

RORY HOHENSTEIN (Company Repetiteur) was born in Washington D.C., where he began dancing at the age of 6. Hohenstein furthered his training, from the age of 12, at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. At 17, he joined Le Jeune Ballet de France in Paris. In 2000, he joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps, being promoted to soloist in 2006. In 2008, he moved to New York joining Christopher Wheeldon’s company, Morphoses, performing in its home seasons at New York City Center and at Sadler’s Wells in London. He spent a season dancing with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2011, where he continued to be a leading artist with the company through the 2018/19 season. Some personal highlights include dancing the roles of Romeo in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet, Riff in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, Levin in Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina and in Wayne McGregor’s Eden/Eden. This is Hohenstein’s third season as ballet master at Atlanta Ballet.

EDUARDO PERMUY (Company Repetiteur) was born in Cuba, where he began his training at the age of 7 at Laura Alonso’s ballet school Per-Danza, later joining the National Ballet School of Cuba and finishing at Miami City Ballet School under the tutelage of Nancy Raffa. At the age of 17, Permuy started his professional career with Miami City Ballet as an apprentice and he went to enjoy a career of 18 years also dancing for American Ballet The atre Studio Company, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, Smuin Contemporary Bal let, Cincinnati Ballet, and appearing as guest artist with a few others. During this time, his repertoire included most of the classics and a vast number of ballets from the Balanchine repertoire, ranging from corps to principal roles. He also had the opportunity to perform ballets from Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Jiří Kylián, Kurt Joss, John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, Kenneth Mac Millan, Twyla Tharp, Helen Picket, Nicolo Fonte, Antony Tudor, Ulysses Dove, Michael Smuin, Val Caniparoli, Alberto Alonso, Benjamin Millepied, Leonide Massine, and Amy Seiwert. Throughout his career, Permuy feels blessed to have learned from figures like Nancy Raffa, Fernanado Bujones, Martha

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Bosh, Sir Anthony Dowell, Christopher Carr, Eddie Villella and Clinton Luckett. In 2021, he joined Cleveland Ballet as a director of repertoire, where he had the opportunity to not only perform ballet master duties but also was able to return to the stage as a character dancer, performing the roles of Don Quijote in the ballet by the same name and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. This is Permuy’s first season with Atlanta Ballet and he’s looking forward to bringing his experiences to the Company and to keep learning and growing under the direction of Gennadi Nedvigin and his team.

CLAUDIA SCHREIER (Choreographer-in-Residence) has choreographed, directed and produced for dance, opera and film across the U.S. and internationally. She has been commissioned by Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Vail Dance Festival, Juilliard Opera, ABT Studio Company and New York Choreographic Institute and will premiere new works for San Francisco Ballet and Richmond Ballet in 2023. Schreier has created three works for Atlanta Ballet: First Impulse, named a 2019 Standout Performance by Pointe Magazine; Pleiades Dances (2021); and Fauna (2022). In October 2022, in collaboration with the Cathedral Choir Society, Atlanta Ballet performed excerpts of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette at the Washington National Cathedral, choreographed by Schreier. In 2021, she released Force of Habit, a film commissioned by Guggenheim Works & Pro cess and co-presented by Atlanta Ballet. She has contributed to programs at the White House, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, includ ing the Kennedy Center Honors. Her work is the subject of two documen taries, including PBS’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing on the Shoulders of Giants” (Capital Region). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, Toulmin Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Lotos Prize, and Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize.

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LARISSA DAL’SANTO Chapecó, Brazil SEVERIN BROTSCHUL Glen Arbor, Michigan JESSICA ASSEF Sáo Carlos, Brazil NADYNE BISPO Santos Coast of Sáo Paulo, Brazil JACOB BUSH Minneapolis, Minnesota Special thanks to Jacob’s Pas de Deux society patrons, Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith. EMILY CARRICO Lexington, Kentucky MICHAEL CAYE Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ANASTASIA CHEPLYANSKY Saratoga, California DYLAN CLINARD High Point, North Carolina CATHERINE CONLEY Chicago, Illinois GEORGIA DALTON Columbus, Ohio THOMAS DAVIDOFF Lincoln, England BROOKE GILLIAM Boulder, Colorado Special thanks to Brooke’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Yee Family Charitable Fund. SUJIN HAN Seoul, South Korea Special thanks to Sujin’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet. JESSICA HE Rancho Cucamonga, California Special thanks to Jessica’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Vanessa & Robin Delmer. AIRI IGARASHI Gunma, Japan DARIAN KANE Lincoln, California Special thanks to Darian’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Adrienne & Scott Hardesty. ERIC KIM Dallas, Texas BENJAMIN KUEFLER Stow, Massachusetts SAHO KUMAGAI Sapporo, Japan
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Atlanta Ballet photos courtesy of Charlie McCullers and Kim Kenney. LUIZ FERNANDO XAVIER São Paulo, Brazil PATRIC PALKENS Boston, Massachusetts HUI WEN PENG Taichung, Taiwan EVELYN ROBINSON Tyler, Texas SOJUNG LEE Chungju, South Korea JORDAN LEEPER Jamestown, New York Special thanks to Jordan’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Elaine & Erroll Davis. KAITLIN MATREE ROEMER Highland, Michigan GUILHERME MACIEL Sáo Paulo, Brazil SERGIO MASERO Madrid, Spain Special thanks to Sergio’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Katherine Scott JULIANA MISSANO Lloyd Harbor, New York MIGUEL ANGEL MONTOYA Cali, Columbia Special thanks to Miguel’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, Bonnie & Terry Herron. DENYS NEDAK Odessa, Ukraine Special thanks to Denys’ Pas de Deux Society patron, Frank Holt. CARRAIG NEW Juneau, Alaska ÁNGEL RAMÍREZ Trinidad, Cuba MIKAELA SANTOS Manila, Philippines Special thanks to Mikaela’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Danna Sanders ANDERSON SOUZA Santo Angelo, RS, Brazil Special thanks to Anderson’s Pas de Deux Society patron, the Corps de Ballet FUKI TAKAHASHI Yokohama, Japan Special thanks to Fuki’s Pas de Deux Society patrons, the Yee Family Charitable Fund. KELSEY VAN TINE Naples, Florida ASHLEY WEGMAN Shamong, New Jersey Special thanks to Ashley’s Pas de Deux Society patron, Ms. Jan P. Beaves. SPENCER WETHERINGTON Bridgeton, New Jersey

YURI POSSOKHOV (Choreographer) danced for 10 years with the Bolshoi Ballet, performing leading roles in the company’s classical and contem porary repertoire. While performing, Possokhov studied choreography and ballet pedagogy at the State College of Theatrical Arts. He was a principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet for two years before joining the San Francisco Ballet (SFB) as a principal dancer in 1994. During his 12 years dancing with SFB, he began choreographing. Upon retirement from dancing, he joined SFB’s artistic staff as choreographer-in-residence. He has choreographed over 15 ballets for SFB and continues to create new works for the company. Possokhov also choreographs for companies worldwide. For the Bolshoi Ballet in 2015 and 2017—A Hero of Our Time and Nureyev full length ballets that received the prestigious Benois de la Danse Award, established by the International Dance Union. Anna Karenina, premiered in 2019 as a co-production of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and the Australian Ballet. His most recent full-length ballet, The Seagull, premiered with the Bolshoi Ballet in the summer of 2021. He is a frequent guest choreographer with Atlanta Ballet. His most recent production for the company was The Nutcracker in 2018. Learn more at

TOM PYE (Scenic Designer) has worked with a diverse range of directors around the world in theatre, TV, film, opera and dance. Current credits include The Hours (The Metropolitan Opera), My Neighbour Totoro (RSC/ Barbican Theatre), as well as the upcoming “The Ballad of Renegade Nell” for Disney+. After being nominated for a Craft & Design Award for his work on season one, Pye has now been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for his work on season two of Sally Wainwright’s acclaimed BBC One and HBO series “Gentleman Jack”. Pye served recently as Designer on the Bolshoi Theatre debut of The Seagull and Messiah for the Châtelet Theatre in Paris and the Lyon Opera. Select Broadway credits include Long Day’s Journey into Night, All My Sons, The Glass Menagerie, Fiddler on the Roof (Tony nomination), The Testament of Mary, Cyrano de Berger ac and Medea. Select West End credits include Who’s Afraid of Virgin ia Woolf?, A Christmas Carol, Sinatra and Medea. Select opera credits include Cosi fan Tutte, The Death of Klinghoffer and Eugene Onegin (ENO and The Metropolitan Opera co-productions); Akhnaten (ENO, MET, LA Opera); and Anna Karenina (Joffrey Ballet). In film and television, Pye’s credits include “To Walk Invisible” by Sally Wainwright (BBC, PBS); “Gloriana,” “A Feast at Midnight,” “Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry,” “Richard II” and “Twelfth Night” (Channel 4).

SANDRA WOODALL (Costume Designer), visual artist and a leading de signer for dance, has designed sets and costumes at San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, the State Opera Ballet of Austria, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Project, Singapore Dance Theatre, National Ballet of Finland and other companies around the world. Woodall’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Connecticut, the San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design, and at WearableArt, Hong Kong. She has been a Fulbright scholar at Taiwan National University of the Arts and has designed many productions in Taiwan and China, in cluding 2009’s stadium-scale opening for the Deaf Olympics, the 100th an niversary celebration of Taiwan National Day, Winter Journey by Wan Fang in Beijing and the 2019 premiere in Shanghai of Stan Lai’s 8-hour epic, AGO.

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DAVID FINN (Lighting Designer) began his professional career as a lighting designer at age 16, working for puppeteer Burr Tillstrom — “Kukla, Fran and Ollie.” His design credits for dance include works for such renowned choreographers as Sasha Waltz, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, James Kudelka, José Limón, Helgi Tomasson, Liam Scarlett, Yuri Possokhov and Dana Reitz, as well as for leading international companies. Finn was the resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project from 1993 to 2000. His opera work includes projects for the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, Salzburg Festival and many others. Finn has designed the Cirque du Soleil shows ZED in Tokyo, and R.U.N. and Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas. Recent projects include the world premieres of The Flying Dutchman for the Metropolitan Opera, The Seagull for The Bolshoi Ballet, Symphonie MMXX for Sasha Waltz and The Berlin Ballet, and Anna Karenina for the Joffrey Ballet. Upcoming plans include Lohengrin for The Bolshoi Opera & the Metropolitan Opera, Antony and Cleopatra for the San Francisco Opera, Cinderella for The Royal Ballet, and Summer and Smoke with choreographer Cathy Marston for ABT and the Houston Ballet.

FINN ROSS (Video Designer) has won two Oliviers, a Tony Award and three Drama Desk awards. Ross’ theater work includes My Neighbour Totoro (Barbican); Dancin’ (Broadway); Frozen (International); Back to the Future (West End); Tammy Faye, Spring Awakening (Almeida); Mean Girls (Broadway); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End and tour) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway, West End and tour); Jagged Little Pill, In the Body of the World World and Crossing (American Repertory Theatre and Broadway);  American Psycho (Broadway and Almeida); Betrayal (Broadway);  Chimerica (Almeida and West End); The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company and Barbican); and Master and Margarita, All My Sons and Shun-kin (Complicite). His opera credits include The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Royal Opera House); Benvenuto Cellini, Death of Klinghoffer, Death in Venice, Eugine Onegin, Simon Boccanegra, Damnation of Faust and Don Giovanni (English National Opera); Hansel und Gretel, Zauberflöte and A Dog’s Heart (Dutch National Opera); La clemenza di Tito and The Adventures of Mr. Brouèek (Opera North); Les Pecheurs de Perles, Turn of the Screw (Theatre an der Wien); and Rinaldo (Glyndebourne). Ross’ design work for dance includes Le Petit Prince (National Ballet of Canada) and Frankenstein (Royal Ballet).

FAYE ARMON-TRONCOSO (Props and Set Decorator) was the first Props/ Set Decorator to have ever won an Obie Award — ever! Her Broadway credits include The Museum of Broadway; Linda Vista (Hayes); Head Over Heels (Hudson); The Terms of My Surrender (Belasco); Oslo (Lincoln Center); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Booth); The Gin Game (Golden); Fun Home (Circle in the Square, Tony Award nomination for Best Set); The River (Circle in the Square); Of Mice and Men (Longacre); Macbeth (Lincoln Center); Testament of Mary (Walter Kerr); Golden Boy (Belasco); Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr, Tony Award nomination for Best Set); War Horse (Lincoln Center, Tony Award for Best Set); The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst/ Delacorte, Tony Award nomination for Best Set); Enron (Broadhurst) and Edward Albee’s Seascape (Booth). Faye’s Off-Broadway credits include In the Heights (37 Arts) and Bug (Barrow Street Theater, Obie Award) and a million more Off-Broadway productions at Lincoln Center Theater. For television, Faye was Art Director on “The Big Fib” and Prop Master on “The Good Fight.”

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ARI PELTO (Conductor), Music Director at Opera Colorado, conducts Cavalleria Rusticana, Rigoletto, Die Tote Stadt and Carmen for the company’s 2022-23 season. Guest engagements include Sacramento Philharmonic (Mozart & Britten) and Tosca at Opera Memphis. Widely known for performances that have been called “poetic, earthy, vigorous” and “highly individual,” he is in demand in opera houses and with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. Appointed to Opera Colorado in 2015, Pelto has conducted acclaimed performances of La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Aida, La Bohème, Falstaff, La Fanciulla del West, Le Nozze di Figaro and Lucia di Lammermoor. In contemporary repertoire, the company recently premiered Lori Laitman’s long-awaited work, The Scarlet Letter, a recording of which was released on the Naxos label, and the world premiere of Gerald Cohen’s new opera recently recorded for commercial release, Steal a Pencil for Me, based on a true love story set in a concentration camp during WWII. Recent symphonic highlights include a program of Brahms with Sacramento Philharmonic, and a program of Ravel, Prokofiev and Boccherini that he devised for his debut with Detroit Symphony in their Neighborhood Series. A masterful collaborator with dancers, Maestro Pelto has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Atlanta Ballet. He led the company in world premieres of Twyla Tharp’s first story ballet The Princess and the Goblin and Helen Pickett’s Camino Real. Previously, he conducted Jean-Christophe Maillot’s ground-breaking production of Romeo et Juliette, as well as Atlanta Ballet’s production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella


Projection Design Assistant, Chet Miller

Projection Engineers, Michael Commendatore & Joey Moro

Lighting Supervisor, Ben Rawson

Lighting Programmer, Landon Robinson Make Up Design, Blythe Tierney Dever Costume Construction by Parkinson Gill Ltd. Scenic Construction by Cardiff Theatrical Services, Ltd.

Lighting & Projection Equipment provided by 4 Wall Entertainment, Inc.

Additional Costume Construction by Birgit Pfeffer, Mark Zappone, All-Stitch Masks & Mice Artisan, Robert Allsopp

Additional Costumes, Scenery & Props Construction by Alliance Theatre Deck Crew Chief, Michael Van Parys Co-Head Electrician, Justin Schwartz Head Props, Arlene Collins

Lead Projectionist, Jay Holloway

Acrobat Coaches, Christy Campbell, Cary Jones, Nicole White

Make Up by Christina Hazouri Bradley Wigs by George Deavour

Lead Automation, Allison Rowland

Rigging Equipment provided By Atlanta Rigging Systems

Assistant Stage Manager, Jane Kuipers

Additional Costume Support, Stephanie Faith, Hauzia Conyers, Jane Kuipers

Special appearance at Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 performances.

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Snow Scene accompanied by The Atlanta Music Project


Ari Pelto, Conductor John Morrison, Guest Conductor


Lisa Morrison Concertmaster

Sally Gardner-Wilson Assoc. Concertmaster

Linda Pinner Principal Second

Martha Gardner Patti Gouvas Patrick Ryan Angèle Sherwood-Lawless Lee Taylor+ Elonia Varfi Rafael Veytsblum Ying Zhuo


Joli Wu Principal Josiah Coe Shadwa Mussad Kristeen Sorrells


Charae Krueger Principal

Hilary Glen+ Mary Kenney Alexis Lee


Adam Bernstein Principal Sam Dugo


Jeanne Carere Principal Kelly Via OBOE Erica Howard Principal

Alexandra Shatalova Prior CLARINET Katherine White Principal Greg Collins+ BASSOON Amy Pollard Principal Dan Worley HORN Jason Eklund Principal

Eric Hawkins Amy Trotz Richard Williams


Kevin Lyons+ Principal John Morrison Co-Principal Greg Holland

TROMBONE William Mann Acting Principal Richard Brady TUBA Don Strand Principal

PERCUSSION Mike Cebulski Principal Karen Hunt Jeff Kershner

TIMPANI Scott Douglas Principal HARP Nella Rigell Principal * 1-Year Appointment + Leave of Absence

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Nancy Field, J.D., Chair, Barbara S. Joiner, Vice Chair, Juan Carlos Urdaneta, Treasurer

Jan Beaves, Secretary

Elizabeth Adams, Immediate Past Chair, Lynda B. Courts, Chair Emeritus


Emily C. Baker

Ron Breakstone

Ginny Brewer Chris Carlos Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Lynn Cochran-Schroder

Cynthia Crain, Ed.D.

Lavona S. Currie

Vanessa Delmer

Yelena Epova, CPA

Nigel Ferguson

Jacqueline Flake

Amy Gerome

Matthew Hartnett

Lindsay R. Hill

Joyce Houser, Ph.D.

Tharon Johnson

Kathleen Knous

Araya Mesfin, CFP Taylor Meyer, CFA

Linda Morris

Gennadi Nedvigin* Rachel Lee Phipps

Katherine Scott Kristen Manion Taylor

Pam Wakefield Tom West*

Advisory Council

David M. Barnett

Mark R. Bell, Ph.D. Harvey Coleman

Elaine E. Davis

Erroll B. Davis

Anne-Laure Desjonquères

F. Javier Diaz

Raoul “Ray” Donato

Jake Evans

Linda Nau Givens

Robert L. Green

Ceci Johnson

Susan S. Kettering

Allen Maines

Santiago Marquez

Juan Mejia

Allen W. Nelson

Eric Robbins

Joni Santos

Laura Turner Seydel

Rebecca Christian Smith Andrew Staunton

Anat Sultan-Dadon

Kazuyuki Takeuchi

Marius Hechter

Dov Wilker

Allen Yee

Sonjia Waller Young

Honorary Board

Margaret Carton

David Crosland Kenneth R. Hey Wade Hooper J. David Hopkins Bill Huber, CPA

Michael Jones Sloan Kennedy-Smith Edward Krugman Amanda Shailendra Michelle Sullivan

Trustees Emeriti

Lynda B. Courts

Lavona Currie Karen Vereb Patti Wallace

Lifetime Board

Jane Dean Carole Goldberg Joseph Prendergast Deen Day Sanders

Corps de Ballet Board

Marius Hechter, Chair Jane Dean Kimberlyn Daniel Michele Edwards

Jacqueline Flake Joanne Chesler Gross Caroline Jeffords

Corrie Johnson Amy Nelson Gailen Rosenberg Sharon Silvermintz Dottie Smith

Marsha Taylor Doug Weiss Preston Wilson


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Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following individuals whose generous annual contributions were received during the period of September 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022.

If you find that we did not recognize you appropriately, we apologize. For corrections, please contact us at


Recognizes exceptional gifts of $10,000 and above

DIAMOND $100,000+


Chris Carlos & Family Steve & Marjorie Harvey Katherine Scott

RUBY $75,000+ Elaine & Erroll Davis

SAPPHIRE $50,000+


Ms. Nancy Field & Mr. Michael Schulder

EMERALD $25,000+ Ms. Jan P. Beaves Karen L. Rose

PEARL $20,000+ Anonymous

Emily C. Baker

Cynthia Crain, Ed. D. & Dwight Lee, Ph.D. Nigel Ferguson

Jacqueline Flake & David Dase

Bonnie & Terry Herron Kathleen & Kirk Knous Heather & Bill Preston

OPAL $15,000+

James J. Andrews in honor of Jill Murphy Voznick

Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Courts II Lavona S. Currie

Vanessa & Robin Delmer Linda & Don Morris Mr. William F. Snyder

AMETHYST $10,000+


Ginny & Charles Brewer

Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen & Mr. David Heleniak

Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder & Mr. Bill Schroder

Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence W. Davis

Mr. Tomislav Dizdar

Yelena Epova Lindsay Hill

Joyce Houser, Ph.D.

Mr. & Ms. Tharon Johnson

Barbara & Eric Joiner

Taylor & Brad Meyer

Allen W. Nelson & Caroline B. Gottschalk Rachel & Corey Phipps

Danna Sanders

Stephanie & Austin Stephens Greer & Alex Taylor

Kristen Manion Taylor & Jason Taylor

Pam Wakefield

Pam & Paul Whitacre

The Yee Family Charitable Fund

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Recognizes generous gifts up to $10,000

GRAND JETÉ $7,500+

Adrienne & Scott Hardesty

TOUR JETÉ $5,000+

Anonymous (2)

Mr. Robert J. Barnett

Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith

Mr. Richard Delay & Ms. Francine Dykes

Mr. Daniel E. Gaylord & Ms. Marilyn Altman Joanne & Alex Gross

Kenneth & Colleen Hey

Frank Holt

Dr. Leslie & Mrs. Marilyn Kelman, in honor of Darcy & Rachel Denneen Mariana Laufer

Doug & Ginger (Brill) Pisik Delphine Podsiadlo, in memory of Bob Podsiadlo

The Mortimer Family

Karen Vereb & Bud Blanton Allen W. Yee Mr. Robert A. Yellowlees

ASSEMBLÉ $2,500+

Diana & Miguel Arteche

William & Eve Bishop

Dr. & Mrs. William Brinkman

Mr. & Mrs. Jerome M. Cooper

Mr. Mark du Mas Steve, Susan & Grace Hauser, in memory of Armantine Groshong

Laurie & John Hopkins

Vaughn Linder, in honor of Richard & Lynda Courts Gino & Belinda Massafra

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Pelletier

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ratonyi

Dr. & Mrs. Mark Silverstein

Dr. & Mrs. Peter J. Sones

The Tillman Family Jeff & Catherine Tucker

Irma J. Turnipseed Sonia P. Witkowski

GLISSADE $1,000+

Anonymous (3)

Mr. & Mrs. Martin P. Bennett

Lindsay & Evan Borenstein

Peter Boucher

James A. Brennan, M.D. Lucy & Henry Bush

Mr. Michael E. Carroll & Mr. Paul Alberto

David Cofrin & Christine Tryba-Cofrin

Harvey & Paquita Coleman

Robert Paul Dean & Robert Epstein Kevin & Demi Doyle

Antoinette J. Earley & William L. Green Eve Eckardt

Lauren & Rick Elliott Doug & Florida Ellis Brad Foresythe Kathryn & Patrick Gaul

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Goddard Dr. Marvin Goldstein

Richard Goodjoin & Kelvin Davis Marius Hechter Lisa & Forrest Hibbard

James Honkisz & Catherine Binns Mr. Douglas Hopkins Mr. & Mrs. William C. Humphreys, Jr. Holland & Ceci Johnson Mrs. Peter G. Kessenich, Sr. Edward Krugman & Jill Pryor Leigh Anna & Steven Lang Ms. Doreen M. Lewis

Linda L. Lively & James E. Hugh III Carole & Nelson Marchioli Jeanie & Albert Marx Ms. Sandra Noecker, in memory of Edwin Story

Sara & Cody Partin Zakiya & William Rice Dr. Robert & Gail Riesenberg Lovette Russell, in honor of Maddie Hardy Dr. & Mrs. William M. Scaljon Manda & Jeremy Shankel Beverly & Dianne Shlapak Anne M. Spratlin

Judith Story, in memory of Edwin Story Sharon Story, Julien & Kim Kenney Mr. Tarek Takieddini

Mr. Robert J. Taylor IV, in honor of Kathleen Knous

The Kang Family

Dr. Peter & Mrs. Beverly Thomas Dr. Kirsten Travers-UyHam & Mr. John J. UyHam

Ms. Karen Trujillo

Mrs. Julie Turner-Davis & Mr. John Davis Eric & Chan Voiles

Kristann M. Voyles

Betsy Wash Tom & Judie Wilhite Ted & Whitney Woodward

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RELEVÉ $500+

Anonymous (3)

Elizabeth & Howell Adams III

Nina Allen

Ms. Tracie Arnold

Hope Barrett

Barbara Bastin & Children

Patty Slick Beem

Mr. & Mrs. Sean Bowen

Sandra & David Burgess

Cynthia Carns

Lawrence M. Cohen

Carol Comstock & Jim Davis

John Condo

Tonya Creekmore

Deborah Dalton

James Datka & Nora DePalma

Cynthia & Mike Davison

Mr. Joseph Dawsey III

Dr. Catherine Dekle & Dr. Keith Mannes, in memory of Vielka Del Carmen Sheppard

Ashleigh Dobrin, in loving memory of Mel Dobrin

Mr. & Ms. Rolston A. Dyer

Elaine Eaton

Tricia & Chris Ekholm

Dytre Fentress & Stephen Rann

Cole & Zachary Ferguson-Cogdill

Elizabeth & Thomas Fowlkes

Danny Futrell

Constanze & Mathias Gaertner

Kathryn & Patrick Gaul

Christine A. Gilliam

Carol Glover

Ms. Marguerite Hallman

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Harben

Virginia Hepner & Malcolm Barnes

Helen & Jeff Herbert

Michal & Jack Hillman

Mr. J. David Hopkins

Ms. Katherine Horton

Dorothea & Robert Jeffrey

Jean Gatton Jones

Eric Larson

Allan & Vaneesa Little

Mimi Maslia

Mr. William McClain

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene F. Meany

Caroline Montojo

Terri & Stephen Nagler

Miho & Gennadi Nedvigin

Dick & Dixie Olson

Donald & Helen O’Shea

Mrs. Debby Overstreet

Erin Perez

Grace Pownall & Ron Harris

Margery & Dan Reason Family Fund

Sharon & David Schachter

Dr. Barbara Simmons

Teena Stern

Dr. Michael & Mrs. Francoise Szikman

Lisa Cannon Taylor

Roberta Taylor & James Hill

Marie Tetzlaff

Johnny Thigpen & Clay Martin, in honor of Tricia Ekholm

K. Dyanne Tiller & Ken Louko

Alan & Marcia Watt

Tom West

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Atlanta Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose generous annual contributions were received during the period of September 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022.


Arrow Exterminators

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Lettie Pate Evans Foundation


The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation

The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Thalia & Michael C. Carlos Foundation

The Thalia N. Carlos & Chris M. Carlos Foundation


The Shubert Foundation


John H. & Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation

The Imlay Foundation


Bobbie Bailey Foundation

City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

The Elster Foundation

Fulton County Arts Council Georgia Council for the Arts

The Kettering Family Foundation

The Morgan Family Fund National Endowment for the Arts Warner Brothers Discovery


JBS Foundation

The Ray M. & Mary Elizabeth Lee Foundation Ryder Truck Rental Systems

$15,000+ Google


Kelin Foundation

Publix Super Markets Charities

The Rogers Family Foundation

$5,000+ Massey Charitable Trust Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund

$2,500+ McMaster-Carr Supply Company

$1,000+ Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation Lindsey Treadaway, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices $500+ Blackbaud Giving Fund

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.

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Members of the Pas de Deux Society have made an additional gift to underwrite support for an individual dancer.

Jan P. Beaves

Dr. Harold J. Brody & Mr. Donald E. Smith Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet (2 dancers) Lynda Bradbury Courts Elaine & Erroll Davis

Vanessa & Robin Delmer Adrienne & Scott Hardesty

Bonnie & Terry Herron Frank Holt Kathleen & Kirk Knous (2 dancers) Danna Sanders Katherine Scott Yee Family Charitable Fund


Individuals who have included Atlanta Ballet in their long-term estate plans through bequests and other deferred-giving arrangements.

Madeline & Howell Adams, Jr. C.D. Belcher Cynthia Crain, Ed.D. Mrs. Lynn Cochran-Schroder Patty & Marc Dash Mrs. Daphne Moore Eitel Melodi Ford Brad Foresythe

Joyce Houser, Ph.D. Mrs. Audrey B. Morgan Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Morgan Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel John K. Palmisano & Stephen A. Williams, III Katherine Scott Marianne Stribling

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