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CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills MUSIC: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky COSTUME DESIGN: Judanna Lynn SCENIC DESIGN: Holly Highfill LIGHTING DESIGN: Tony Tucci





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The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. This project is also funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.



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Stephen Mills, Sarah & Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director Known for his innovative and collaborative choreographic projects, Stephen Mills has works in the repertoires of companies across the United States and around the world. From his inaugural season as Artistic Director in 2000, Mills attracted attention from around the United States with his worldpremiere production of Hamlet, hailed by Dance Magazine as “...sleek and sophisticated.” The Washington Post recognized Ballet Austin as “one of the nation’s best-kept ballet secrets” in 2004 after Ballet Austin performed Mills’ world premiere of The Taming of the Shrew, commissioned by and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Company was first invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in January of 2002 with Mills' production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at The Joyce Theater (NYC) in 2004. In 2005 after two years of extensive research, Mills led a community-wide human rights collaboration that culminated in the world premiere work Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In 2006 Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project was awarded the Audrey & Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award by the AntiDefamation League. In September of 2013, the work made its international debut with a tour in three cities across Israel. In October 2016, Mills led his company of dancers through another "first," a 16-city tour of the People's Republic of China, which included performances in China's largest city, Shanghai, an international economic and cultural center. In 1998, Mills was the choreographer chosen to represent the United States through his work, Ashes, at les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris. Mills was awarded the Steinberg Award, the top honor at le Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur International Choreographic Competition for One / the body’s grace. Mills has created more than 40 works for companies in the United States and abroad. His ballets are in the repertoires of such companies as Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Augsburg, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cuballet in Havana, Cuba, BalletMet Columbus, Dayton Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Louisville Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, The Sacramento Ballet and Dance Kaleidoscope. He has worked in collaboration with such luminaries as the eight-time Grammy Award-winning band, Asleep at the Wheel, Shawn Colvin and internationally renowned flamenco artist José Greco II. As a dancer, Mills performed with a wide variety of companies such as the world-renowned Harkness Ballet and The American Dance Machine under the direction of Lee Theodore. He also performed with the Cincinnati Ballet and The Indianapolis Ballet Theatre before becoming a part of Ballet Austin. Mills has danced principal roles in the Balanchine repertoire, as well as works by Choo-San Goh, John Butler, Ohad Naharin, Vicente Nebrada, Domy Reiter-Soffer and Mark Dendy. In addition to his work as a choreographer, Mills is a master teacher committed to developing dancers. He has been invited as guest faculty at many pre-professional academies including Jacob’s Pillow, Goucher College, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, The Virginia School of the Arts, The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, Stephens College and Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Mills is a member of the national dance service organization Dance/USA and has served both in leadership roles and on the board of trustees for the organization. In 2013, Mills was a participant in the Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies.



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Cookie Gregory Ruiz, C.F.R.E., Executive Director Cookie Gregory Ruiz has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development and non-profit fundraising/ management and has served as executive director of Ballet Austin since 1999. She holds the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (C.F.R.E.) by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her community honors include Austin Business Journal’s "Profiles in Power" Award, Leadership Austin’s Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award, Austin Community Foundation’s Beverly S. Sheffield Award for Excellence as a Nonprofit Executive, The American Red Cross "Clara Barton Medal of Honor," Volunteer of the Year for the Austin Independent School District, the Lone Star Girl Scout Council "Women of Distinction" Award, The Junior League of Austin’s Volunteer Extraordinaire Award and is a 2016 Austin Arts Hall of Fame inductee. Ruiz served as the citywide Chair of CreateAustin, a City Council appointee to ImagineAustin’s Citizen’s Advisory Task Force, and is a graduate of the Austin’s City Works Academy. As a graduate of Leadership Austin, she served four years on its board of directors. Ruiz is president of the board of Texans for the Arts and serves on the boards of Dance/  USA, the Performing Arts Alliance, the Mayor’s Better Austin Foundation, HousingWorks Austin, and is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO). She is also a fellow of the National Arts Strategies International Chief Executive Program.

Michelle Martin, Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin had her early dance training at the Alberta Ballet School and danced professionally with the Alberta Ballet Company, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Hartford Ballet and Ballet Austin. During her tenure with these companies she performed soloist and principal roles in a range of classical, contemporary and modern works. Martin’s teaching credits include guest teaching engagements in Canada and across the nation, as well as five years on the faculty of Jordan College at Butler University in Indianapolis. Martin began her tenure with Ballet Austin in 1991 as a dancer with the Company and in 1992 she was appointed ballet mistress and curriculum director of the Academy. In 1999 she founded Ballet Austin II, Ballet Austin’s apprentice program, followed by the Trainee Program (now the Butler Fellowship Program) in 2000. In addition to her work in the rehearsal studio, Martin supervises the curriculum and faculty of Ballet Austin Academy, designs arts education and audience engagement programs and writes grants. She has served on the Texas Commission on the Arts peer panels for Arts Education, and Music and Dance and has been a juror for the American Ballet Competition for the past nine years. Martin was the 2001 recipient of the Austin-Under-40 award for contributions in the area of Arts and Entertainment.

Allisyn Paino-Martin, Rehearsal Assistant Allisyn Paino-Martin started her dance training in New York with Ali Pourfarrokh and Kaleria Fedicheva. She has performed principal roles with the Fedicheva Ballet Company, The Indianapolis Opera and Butler Ballet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Butler University. Since joining Ballet Austin in 1996, Allisyn has performed works by many choreographers including Stephen Mills, George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Thaddeus Davis, Twyla Tharp and David Parsons. She has danced the roles of The Chosen One in Mills’ The Rite of Spring, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Painter in Cult of Color: Call to Color. In 2005, Allisyn had the honor of dancing the role of The Survivor in the award winning Light  /  The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In May of 2009, she retired from the stage dancing the lead role in Stephen Mills’ Cinderella. Her teaching credits include being on faculty of the Ballet Austin Academy and working as guest faculty at Butler University. Following her retirement from Ballet Austin, Allisyn joined the Ballet Austin artistic staff and now serves as rehearsal assistant. In 2015 she co-created Dancing Into Science, an interactive workshop that teaches physics to elementary school students through dance.



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Bill Sheffield, Director of Production / Stage Manager Bill Sheffield’s long tenure with Ballet Austin extends back to the late 1980s when he served as the first director of production for the organization. Sheffield rejoined the company as production stage manager in 2002 and added the duties as director of production in 2006. An Austin native, Sheffield also produced the summer musicals at Zilker Park, including the recent hits: Seven Brides, Annie Get Your Gun, Into the Woods and the award-winners Crazy for You and Big River. Sheffield formerly worked with the Austin Musical Theater, where he was stage manager for many of their productions. He has worked with many Austin arts groups, serving as stage manager, lighting designer or master electrician. Some of these groups include Austin Opera, Bruce Wood Dance, Conspirare, Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico, ZTP, Austin Shakespeare Festival, Slavin-Nadal Dance, ADE, ART, ZST and Tapestry.

Tony Tucci, Lighting Designer Residing in Austin, Tony Tucci has been resident lighting designer for Ballet Austin’s repertory for over 25 years and also currently serves as resident lighting designer / director for Ben Stevenson’s Texas Ballet Theater and Bruce Wood Dance Project. Tucci has created lighting designs for these national and international dance companies: Mejia International Ballet, Washington Ballet, Houston Dance Salad, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Cirque Ziva, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Ballet Contemporaneous de Caracas, Christopher Bruce’s Kingdom for the Geneva Ballet, Flemming Flint’s Caroline Mathilde and Lucifer’s Daughter for the Royal Danish Ballet. Tucci has also designed for musical theater, including the Austin productions of Damn Yankees, Carousel, West Side Story, Annie, Gypsy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Music Man, Oklahoma, A Chorus Line and The Sound of Music, as well as Charles Duggan’s productions of Dames at Sea in San Francisco and at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Alexey Korygin, Wardrobe Master Alexey Korygin was born in Donetsk City, Ukraine. He earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Kiev State Ballet School of the Ukraine, and following his graduation in 1984, he danced with Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater as a soloist and toured extensively throughout the USSR, Europe and United States. In 1992 after auditioning in New York, Korygin joined and danced for four seasons with Ballet Austin. At the same time, he began designing and building costumes for the company. In 1996, Korygin finished his dancing career and assumed the position of Ballet Austin’s wardrobe master. His costumes can be seen in Stephen Mills’ My Wall of Names and Bolero, as well as Lambros Lambrou’s Remembrances, Lady of the Camellias, Evolution of An Angel: Part II, Homecoming and Ulysses. He is also credited for his costumes in Ballet Austin’s production of Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Balanchine’s Pas de Dix, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, and the principal costumes for Ballet Austin’s Swan Lake production. In 1996, Ballet Austin unveiled a new production of The Nutcracker with costumes designed by Tommy Bourgeois; Korygin masterfully constructed 40 of the new costumes, while also building all of the costumes for Not Afraid of the Dark—The Show that Glows!® in 2001.

Maestro Jeffrey Eckstein, Guest Conductor Maestro Jeffrey Eckstein celebrates his 14 year anniversary as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony and Ballet Austin. In the world of opera, Maestro Eckstein works with internationally renowned tenor Mario Chang, most recently conducting performances with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Guatemala. He has been a frequent guest conductor with Miami Lyric Opera since 2008, with recent productions including Tosca, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Suor Angelica. He is the executive producer of Passion of Flamenco and Flamenco Sephardit, a unique fusion of classical music with Flamenco and Ladino from Spain; 2014 premiere Miami Beach, 2016 international premiere Venice, Italy, featured on PBS. He is the associate producer of Standard Time, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre's dance musical about social injustice and intolerance; New York debut 2015 on 42ND Street, Times Square.



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Jessica Mathaes Eugene Gratovich Molly Emerman Eun Mi Lee Sophie Verhaeghe Megan Zapfe Paula Bird David Delambre

Douglas Harvey Anna Park Betsy Sanders Sara Nelson Frank Jenkins

William Lewis Daris Word Hale

Genaro Gonzales

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Alex Maynegre-Torra

Violin II Richard Kilmer Helen Cooper Tracy Seeger Shana Bey Joseph D. Smith Elizabeth Stoppels Girko Georgeann DuBell Shockley

Bass Jonathan Rouse David Dawson Paul Determan

Flute Rachel Lopez April Determan Elizabeth Castano

Oboe Julianne Skones Ian Davidson Stanley Chyi

Keyboard Tom Hale Ed Tschoepe Kurt Moede Margaret Ayer

Harp Elaine Barber

Trumpet Robert Cannon Kyle Koronka

Trombone Brenda Sansig Salas R. Ben Osborne Philip Arno

Tuba Steve Curtis

Viola Bruce Williams Blake Turner Lana Harris Martha Carapetyan Alejandro Duque



Stephen Girko Hilary Scop Amanda Witt

Tony Edwards

MOTHER GINGER CAST Roosevelt Weeks, Director of the Austin Public Library Thursday, December 7, at 7:30pm Trevor Scott, Co-Host of CBS Austin Lifestyle Show ‘We Are Austin’ Friday, December 8, at 7:30pm Steve Sunshine, from the Steve and Amy Morning Show on SPiRiT 105.9 Saturday, December 9, at 2pm Sylvia Canova Saturday, December 9, at 7:30pm Paula Boldt, Ballet Austin Enthusiast, Philanthropist Sunday, December 10, at 2pm Forrest Preece, Consulting Dilettante Friday, December 15, at 7:30pm Cord Shiflet, Realtor/Husband/Dad Saturday, December 16, at 2pm Gerardo Interiano, Google's Head of External Affairs—Southwest Saturday, December 16, at 7:30pm

CSM Mario O. Terenas, Command Sergeant Major, United States Army Operational Test Command Sunday, December 17, at 2pm Jim Ritts, CEO/Executive Director, The Paramount & Stateside Theatres Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30pm Allison Ashley Friedlander, 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year Wednesday, December 20, at 7:30pm Rabbi Daniel Septimus, CEO, Shalom Austin Thursday, December 21, at 7:30pm Joseph Hill, Halcyon Capital Management LP— Vice Chairman & Director of Client Relations Friday December 22, at 2pm Kimberly Moore Friday, December 22, at 7:30pm Diane T. Land, First Lady of Austin Saturday, December 23, at 2pm



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THE NUTCRACKER: PRODUCTION ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS COSTUME CONSTRUCTION Costume Project Manager: Alexey Korygin Costumers constructed in the United Kingdom by Anne Nichols, Jane Gill, Jackie Hallatt, Jane Johnson, Karen Crichton, Lal D’Abo, Sue Smith, Suzanne Parkinson and Yoshi Terashima on behalf of Parkinson Gill Ltd.

Millinery Work: Kathy Kreuter, Jeffrey Lieder, Christina Hobbs, Emily Cawood, Zhanetta Koryagina and Alexey Korygin Wigs: Wendy Sanders Stitchers: Alexey Korygin, Emily Cawood, Joan Miller and Miriam Jurgenson


Costume Supervision: Cathy Hill on behalf of Parkinson Gill Ltd.

Full-sized drops painted by Cobalt Studios

Costume Painting: Penny Hadrill and Bernie Esplin on behalf of Parkinson Gill Ltd.

Additional drops painted by Holly Highfill, Jessica Wade and Andrew Benepe

Additional Costume Construction: All-Stitch, Altanta, Ga.—Valerie Gruner, Owner Operator— Assisted by Rebecca Evans

Nutcracker Tree constructed by Michael Hagen Inc., Glens Falls, N.Y.

Mask / Special Construction: Robert Allsopp & Associates

3-D scenery constructed by Gary Powers and Barbara Thompson

Judanna Lynn, Costume Designer Judanna Lynn has designed costumes for most of the major dance companies in the United States, among them Ballet Austin, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Ballet West, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Met, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Hubbard Street, The Jose Limon Dance Co., Louisville Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and Washington Ballet. Selected credits include the costumes for Ballet de Santiago’s Dracula; NYCB’s Seven Deadly Sins; Ballet Austin’s and Pennsylvania Ballet’s latest productions of The Nutcracker; Festival of the Lion King for the opening of Disney’s theme park in Hong Kong; Houston Ballet’s highly-acclaimed productions of Don Quixote, Dracula and Cleopatra; the musical Lyle for Charles Strouse; The Hartford State / Old Globe Theatre’s production of Tintypes; Once On This Island for the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis; and Hats! and Tin Pan Alley Rag for the Cleveland Playhouse. Lynn formerly danced with San Francisco Opera Ballet and was a resident costume designer of The Juilliard School. She is also a painter whose work has been seen at the Rizzoli and Miniatura Galleries in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art and in private collections.

Holly Highfill, Scenic Set Designer Holly Highfill has designed and painted numerous sets for ballets, operas and plays. She has designed sets for Ballet Austin, Baltimore Opera, Washington Summer Opera, Washington Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet West and Ballet Memphis among others. In addition to her theatre work, Highfill has done several large museum projects, designing and painting murals and other artwork for the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Robinson Nature Center.



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ACT I, SCENE I: THE SILBERHAUS HOME It is Christmas Eve at the Silberhaus residence as daughter Clara and her brother Fritz anxiously await their holiday party. Gifts are distributed. Clara receives a doll’s cradle and Fritz a trumpet. Suddenly, Clara’s mysterious Godfather, Drosselmeyer, appears with his nephew. Drosselmeyer wins the children over by producing life size dolls. After the dolls perform for the guests, Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a wooden nutcracker in the shape of a soldier. Out of jealousy, her brother Fritz takes the nutcracker from her and smashes her cherished gift. Clara is brokenhearted, but Drosselmeyer is able to repair the nutcracker. Clara is consoled and happily joins Drosselmeyer’s nephew to dance with the adults. As midnight approaches the guests depart and Clara and Fritz are sent to bed. The evening is seemingly over.

ACT I, SCENE II: THE BATTLE In the quiet of the evening, a pack of mice scurry into the parlor. Clara returns to the parlor to see her nutcracker once more. Suddenly she is surrounded by rats. A transformation takes place. The room begins to disappear and the tree begins to grow. A regiment of soldiers appears and a battle between the rats and the soldiers ensues. Clara’s nutcracker magically appears in human size and leads the battle. The nutcracker is suddenly overpowered by the Rat King. Clara stabs the Rat King with the nutcracker’s sword, sending him crashing to the ground. Because of Clara’s bravery, the nutcracker is transformed, revealing himself to be Drosselmeyer’s nephew, now a handsome Prince. The Prince takes her through the enchanting Land of Snow.

ACT I, SCENE III: THE LAND OF SNOW Magically, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince find themselves in a land filled with dancing snowflakes and a glistening Snow Queen and King. Clara is honored with their beautiful dancing. Wrapped up in a magnificent coil of never-ending snow, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince bid farewell to the Snow Queen and King and continue their journey to the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy.


ACT II: THE COURT OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Clara and the Nutcracker Prince arrive at a majestic castle. They are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her entire court. Clara tells of her encounter with the evil Rat King. In celebration, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Court dance for Clara. As the festivities draw to a close, Clara suddenly awakens to find herself back in her own home, with her nutcracker, once again a wooden doll, safely at her side. We are left to wonder if Clara’s adventure was real or simply a dream.



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CAST Act I FRAU SILBERHAUS .......................Jaime Lynn Witts (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Aara Krumpe (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) HERR SILBERHAUS .......................James Fuller (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Christopher Swaim (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) CLARA ..............................................Mary Iliukevich (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 17, 20, 22 at 2pm, 23) Violet Reid (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 10, 15, 16 at 7:30pm, 19, 21, 22 at 7:30pm) FRITZ ................................................Henry Schaefer (Dec. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16) Luke Brummer (Dec. 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23) DROSSELMEYER ...........................Paul Michael Bloodgood (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 19, 20, 22) Orlando Julius Canova (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) NEPHEW ..........................................Matthew Gattozzi (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Jonathan Alexander (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) GOVERNESS ...................................Hailey Dupont (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Constance Doyle (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) GUESTS ............................................Katherine Deuitch, Courtney Holland, Elizabeth-Jane Moller, Grace Morton, Elise Pekarek, Brittany Strickland Ian J. Bethany, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Kevin Murdock-Waters, Preston Andrew Patterson, Morgan Stillman PARTY GIRLS ..................................Bella Friedrich, Lilly Grogono, Cate Jesser, Erika Jones, Emma Malouff, Nya Mitchell, Ava Schultz, Rayna Sevilla, Vivian Smith, Josephine Willman, Amanda Wolff, Isabella Zou PARTY BOYS ...................................Micah Brinton, Luke Brummer, Cole Frohardt, Sasha Grapko, Ethan Kuhlken, Ian Rother, Henry Schaefer, Alex Schwartz COLUMBINE DOLL .......................Brittany Strickland (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Courtney Holland (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) HARLEQUIN DOLL........................Paul Martin (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) James Fuller (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) MICE ...........................................................Angelina Alpert, Adanna Amalaha, Eve Barilla-Deuschle, Cameron Marie Carper, Caroline Marie Carper, Siobhan Fitzgerald, Paloma Fuentes, Lila Gonzalez, Ayah Hakim, Madison-Elizabeth Hastings, Audrey M. Johnson, Katelyn Merritt, Victoria Muñoz, Sharanya Narayan Boyd, Scarlett Quisenberry, Marnee Jane Richardson, Adelina Roman, Liliana Romriell, Kyla Scott, Brooke Staley, Jessica Tan, Layla Taylor, Sevahna Wilson NUTCRACKER PRINCE ................Matthew Gattozzi (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Jonathan Alexander (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) RAT KING.........................................Tristan Grannum (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16, 20, 22) Max Azaro (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) RATS .................................................Jonathan Alexander, Max Azaro, Maxim Bleeker, Dallas Finley, Jacy Fletcher, Lexi Garden, Lynette Garcia, Matthew Gattozzi, Tristan Grannum, Jake Howard, Audrey Sides TOY SOLDIERS...............................Maria Sol Blankemeyer, Madeline Casas, Natalia Gomez, Eileen Helwig, Aisling Hurley, Caitriona Hurley, Sheila Jackson, Sidni Martinez, Marika Murphy, Ekaterina Liya Raleigh, Karel Tinkler, Anna Wyszkowski CAVALRY .........................................Brandis Brinkman, Asia Lindow, Zachary Masaryk, Elliot Moulton, Owen Mueller, Presley Parsons, Avenley Rose ANGELS............................................Aleksandra Belov, Tallulah Bingham, Tigerlily Bingham, Daphne Blue, Brynna Cormie, Isabel Creixell, Annie Ehrlich, Eleanor Ewing, Kylie Jo Garcia, Ava Golab, Evelyne Rose Gradincic, Loane Gravallon, Phoebe Herbert, Ava Holmes, Ruth Howard, Abigail Indgjer, Lisa Lule, Rebekah Luo, Anusha Mahbub, Beatrix Monday, Calita Montemayor, Tabatha Murray, Amiya Nakra, Isabela Peña, Genevieve Putegnat, Josaphina Ramos, Maggie Robinson, Camilla Rosen, Maria Sanchez, Sophia Sandoval, Stella Sharp, Sabrina Sprangle, Valerie Tikhomirova, Rosemary Tong, Emma Urrutia, Rachael Yee, Scarlett Zahirniak, Rhea Zhang, Ailia Zhao SNOW QUEEN ...............................Grace Morton (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Elise Pekarek (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Oren Porterfield (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm)



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SNOW KING....................................Preston Andrew Patterson (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Morgan Stillman (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Orlando Julius Canova (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) SNOWFLAKES ................................Katherine Deuitch, Constance Doyle, Hailey Dupont, Courtney Holland, Samantha Howe, Elizabeth Kanning, Megan McKelvey, Elizabeth-Jane Moller, Oren Porterfield, Chelsea Marie Renner, Paige Russell, Anna Schmidt, Brittany Strickland, Marya Thorstensen

Act II SUGAR PLUM FAIRY .....................Aara Krumpe (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Chelsea Marie Renner (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Jaime Lynn Witts (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) CAVALIER ........................................Christopher Swaim (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Paul Michael Bloodgood (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) James Fuller (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) SPANISH.................................................Constance Doyle, Morgan Stillman (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Courtney Holland, Kevin Murdock-Waters (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Aara Krumpe, Oliver Greene-Cramer (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) Jonathan Alexander, Max Azaro, Maxim Bleeker, Dallas Finley, Tristan Grannum, Jake Howard ARABIAN..........................................Chelsea Marie Renner, Oliver Greene-Cramer (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Brittany Strickland, Orlando Julius Canova (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Elise Pekarek, Christopher Swaim (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) CHINESE ..........................................Orlando Julius Canova (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Paul Martin (Dec. 9, 15, 16 at 2pm, 17, 19, 21, 22 at 2pm, 23) Victoria Barbieri, Vivienne Bennett, Faith Bicknell, Zerleanah Buhrig, Ava DeLa Torre, Claudia Catherine Ellington, Sofia Gonzalez, Isabella Gordon, Audrey Holm, Nina Mosler, Hadley Norris, Irina Raleigh, Nadia Saba, Claire Schaefer, Olivia Swonke, Lucy Willcott, Bethany Williamson, Sakura Willingham RUSSIAN ..........................................Kevin Murdock-Waters (Dec. 8, 9 at 7:30pm, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22) Preston Andrew Patterson (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 16 at 2pm, 17, 19, 21, 23) Max Azaro, Dallas Finley, Matthew Gattozzi, Jake Howard FRENCH ...............................................Oren Porterfield, Paul Martin (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Hailey Dupont, James Fuller (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Grace Morton, Paul Michael Bloodgood (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) Jacy Fletcher, Lexi Garden, Samantha Howe, Megan McKelvey, Audrey Sides BON BONS ....................................... Shakti Anthony, Valeria Avila, Zoe Barilla-Deuschle, Moira Barta, Catherine Anne Bircher, Brini Bourque, Ava Briceno-Jantz, Lauren Buerger, Azaliah Buhrig, Jazlyn Creasey, Elyse Daniels, Sofia Davis, Kristin Dorsey, Diya Dudhara, Rachel Eddleman, Tatiana Gomez, Lauryn Hoover, Ella M. Kopp, Violet Lincoln, Natalia Lule, Regina A. Marmolejo, Arianna Maurici, Megan McIntosh, Mackenzie McLeod, Anika Monsivais, Chloe Moyer, Sage Murphy, Lara Murray Palma, Sophia Muto, Isadora Pirkey, Maya Prow-Nemeroff, Dalila Ramirez, Clara Rowe, Gabrielle Schneider, Madolyn Siela, Kaleigh Stewart, Charlotte Storck, Neela Swartz, Katie Tarin, Ella Tovo-Hurt, Qiu Li Tovo-Hurt, Sophia Triche, Ava Wang, Mikaela Washlesky, Ariel Whiddon WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS ...........Brittany Strickland (Dec. 8, 10, 16 at 7:30pm, 20, 22 at 7:30pm) Jaime Lynn Witts (Dec. 9 at 2pm, 15, 17, 21, 23) Courtney Holland (Dec. 9 at 7:30pm, 16 at 2pm, 19, 22 at 2pm) Katherine Deuitch, Constance Doyle, Hailey Dupont, Elizabeth Kanning, Elizabeth-Jane Moller, Paige Russell, Anna Schmidt, Marya Thorstensen Cast members from the Friday, Dec. 8, performance of The Nutcracker will also perform during Ballet Austin's Night of Community dress rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 7



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ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES Ian J. Bethany BAII: 2008–2009 | Joined Company: 2009 Ian is from Long Island, N.Y. He started dancing as a tap and jazz student at Robert Mann Dance Centre. He started ballet at Tap to Pointe Dance Center, continuing at the Frank Ohman School of Ballet, the School of Ballet Chicago, Ballet Academy East, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. With Ballet Austin, Ian performed in George Balanchine’s Agon and Allegro Brillante, Nicolo Fonte’s Lasting Imprint, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose, Gabrielle Lamb’s Dovetail, Bradley Shelver’s The Last Just, Stephen Mills’ Carmina Burana, The Magic Flute, and The Nutcracker, as the Master of Ceremonies in Mills' Cinderella, and the Bluebird Pas de Deux in The Sleeping Beauty. He has performed with project-based company Performa / Dance, has sung with the Austin Opera, was seen in ZACH Theatre's Mary Poppins, in Zilker Theatre Productions' Oklahoma! as Dream Curly, and does numerous juggling gigs around Austin. Ian has choreographed and taught for the Ballet Austin Academy, for Harmony School of Creative Arts, and for Agni Entertainment.

Paul Michael Bloodgood Joined Company: 2002 Now in his 19TH and final professional season, Paul Michael Bloodgood trained on full scholarship under Don Snyder and is a graduate of PNBS. Hailing from Seattle, he has performed with PNB, Ballet Pacifica, Terpsicorps, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, with tour highlights to Europe, Israel, Puerto Rico, the Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, and most recently a 14-city tour of China. Past repertoire as the principal male: Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Giselle, The Taming of the Shrew, Swan Lake, The Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, The Rite of Spring, La Sylphide, Coppelia, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Nutcracker, Liaisons, and as a principal in Balanchine’s Episodes, Allegro Brillante and Agon, Tudor’s Sunflowers, and Goh’s Double Contrasts. Paul was one of two dancers to originate the role of The Beast in Stephen Mills' Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & the Beast. Previous rep: Tharp, Taylor-Corbet, Fonte, Rhoden, Lopez Ochoa, and many others, with over 50 original works. A three-time Austin Critics Table Award recipient, Paul is a union member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, appearing in film and television. He holds the rank of pum dan in Tukong Moosul martial arts and holds a B.A. from SEU. His studio band, Floating Pockets, has an album on iTunes / Amazon / Pandora Radio. Trenches of Rock, Paul's premier film as director, had its world premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival and has received eight accolades throughout its current worldwide film festival circuit from London to Hollywood, including "Best Feature Documentary," "Best Director" and "Best Editor." Paul would like to thank God, his wife Anne, his 2-year-old son Michael, and his family.

Orlando Julius Canova Joined Company: 2005 Orlando began his ballet training with Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg at the Anaheim Ballet School. At age 16 he moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet (SAB). There he received a full tuition merit scholarship and was sponsored by Debbie Allen. Orlando furthered his ballet training with Miami City Ballet School. In 2001, Orlando became an Arpino Apprentice with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and in 2003 he joined as a full company member. While at Joffrey, Orlando played the part of apprentice in Robert Altman's film The Company. At Ballet Austin, Orlando has danced lead roles in The Nutcracker, Cult of Color: Call to Color, Truth & Beauty: The Bach Project, Romeo & Juliet, Nine Sinatra Songs, silence within silence, and The Magic Flute. He has worked with such choreographers as Stephen Mills, Twyla Tharp, KT Nelson, Dominic Walsh, Nicolo Fonte, Sonya Delwaide, Toni Bravo, Michelle Thompson, Reginald Harris, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Orlando has also danced for Molly Lynch’s National Choreographers Initiative in 2012 and 2013. There he worked with Darrell Moultrie, Melissa Barak, Val Caniparoli, Frank Chavez, Kitty McNamee, and Susan McCullough. In addition, Orlando teaches dance at Ballet Austin Academy, The Butler Center for Dance & Fitness, Saint Mary’s Hall, Austin City Ballet, and Alamo Heights High School.



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Edward Carr BA Trainee: 2006–2007 | BAII: 2007–2008 | Joined Company: 2008 Growing up in Pittsburgh, Edward received his first 12 years of ballet training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. He continued his training post high school at Canada’s National Ballet School and had the privilege to work with choreographers such as James Kudelka, Toer van Schayk, and Rudi van Dantzig. Edward moved to Austin in 2006 to attend Ballet Austin’s trainee program and joined the main company in 2008 after a season as an apprentice. He has been featured in Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Jennifer Hart’s To Here, Pam Tanowitz’s Early that Summer, Nicolo Fonte's Left Unsaid and Lasting Imprint, portrayed Claudius in Stephen Mills' Hamlet, Tybalt in Mills’ Romeo & Juliet, originated roles in Mills' Angel of My Nature, Though the Earth Gives Way, and premiered as The Beast in Mills' Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast. Edward also teaches in the Ballet Austin Academy and works with local choreographers. In 2014 Edward and local choreographer Jennifer Hart co-founded Performa / Dance, a project based contemporary dance company whose inaugural production garnered two Austin Critic’s Table Awards.

Constance Doyle BAII: 2015–2017 | Joined Company: 2017 Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Constance trained until age 17 under Gigi Hyatt and Janusz Mazon. At 17, she was invited to study year-round at the School of American Ballet in New York City, where she was thrilled to complete her final years of training. She performed George Balanchine's Serenade, Western Symphony, and Valse Fantaisie during the school's Workshop performances, featured in a 2015 PBS Live from Lincoln Center national broadcast. She was repeatedly invited to dance in the annual New York Choreographic Institute and to participate as both dancer and choreographer in SAB's Student Choreographic Workshop. In 2015 she began her apprenticeship with Ballet Austin, and 2017 was invited to join the main company. At Ballet Austin, she has particularly enjoyed dancing the principal couple in Stephen Mill's Touch, George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, and was honored to join the company in their monthlong tour of China. She is thankful to her parents, whose love and sacrifices made her career possible, and she dances to glorify God and magnify His beauty.

Hailey Dupont BAII: 2016–2017 | Joined Company: 2017 Hailey Dupont is originally from Lafayette, La., and has been promoted to the main company after dancing as an apprentice with Ballet Austin II since 2016. Dupont began her ballet training at The Ballet Studio and later at Lafayette Ballet Theatre. She attended the summer programs of American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, the School of American Ballet (SAB) and Ballet Austin. At age 15, Hailey was awarded a full scholarship to study year-round at SAB where she trained for three years. There she performed in the Student’s Annual Workshop performances and performed "Dance of the Little Swans" in George Balanchine’s Swan Lake, and danced in Balanchine’s Danses Concertantes and The Four Temperaments as well as Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare. She also participated in SAB’s Student Choreographic Workshop and was selected to participate in lecture demonstration programs for New York Public schools. Hailey has been featured in lead roles for Ballet Austin II performances, including Michelle Thompson’s Planets and has danced corps de ballet roles in Ballet Austin main stage productions, including The Nutcracker, The Magic Flute, and ALICE (in wonderland).



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James Fuller Joined Company: 2010 James Fuller is from Irvine, Calif., and was trained at Ballet Pacifica Conservatory. In 2004, James received a Youth America Grand Prix scholarship to study at the Boston Ballet School, where he completed his final year of training. James apprenticed with Oregon Ballet Theatre for a year before enrolling at Harvard University. At Harvard, James performed works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, George Balanchine and Alvin Ailey. In the summers, James studied modern dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Dance Festival, and Beijing LDTX. James directed the Harvard Ballet Company in 2009 and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Philosophy, a secondary field in dramatic arts, and a language citation in Urdu-Hindi. Since joining Ballet Austin, James has performed in original works by Stephen Mills, including Luminaria and Though the Earth Gives Way, danced in Balanchine’s Agon, performed with the National Choreographers Initiative, and choreographed for Houston City Dance.

Oliver Greene-Cramer BAII: 2013–2014 | Joined Company: 2014 Raised in Marlboro, Vt., Oliver’s early training took place at the Brattleboro School of Dance and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. He graduated cum laude with a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College where he performed in works by Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine and Lar Lubovitch, among others. Immediately after graduation, Oliver had the honor of joining the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company with whom he continues to perform, most recently at the American Dance Festival. Since joining Ballet Austin he has been featured in works by Stephen Mills, Pontus Lidberg, Pam Tanowitz, Nelly van Bommel, Jimmy Orrante and Jennifer Hart. In addition to work with Ballet Austin, Oliver performs regularly with Austin based company Performa / Dance. In the spring of 2016, he was a part of the acclaimed Illusory Impressions Project: An Invitation to Shift. Recently Oliver has also had the pleasure of working with John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow on a duet from Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading.

Courtney Holland Joined Company: 2016 Courtney Holland was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and at the age of 11 began her professional training at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her time at NBS, Courtney attended various summer intensives through an exchange program which included École Supérieure de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France, San Francisco Ballet school, Houston Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. After graduating from NBS in 2010, Courtney moved to New York City to continue her training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem on full scholarship. In June 2012, she was a finalist at Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Banff Centre’s Professional Dance Program where she appeared as a guest artist in the Arts Summer Festival performing George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Christopher Wheeldon’s Souvenirs. In 2013, Courtney was invited to join Charlotte Ballet II where she performed works by George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Sasha Janes, Mark Diamond and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. There she had the privilege to perform featured roles in The Nutcracker and the role of the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, under the direction of Kennedy Center Honoree Patricia McBride. Courtney feels very blessed to have the love and support of her family.



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Aara Krumpe BAII: 1999–2001 | Joined Company: 2001 Aara Krumpe is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her early training from Nancy Sulik and studied for three years at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School under David Holladay. Since joining Ballet Austin, Aara has enjoyed dancing in many Stephen Mills ballets, including the title roles in Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast, Romeo & Juliet, The Firebird and The Taming of the Shrew, as well as the Desire Pas de Deux, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Gertrude in Hamlet, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She has also danced the principal roles in the classics Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Bournonville’s La Sylphide. Aara is most thankful for the opportunity to perform the role of the Survivor in Mills’ Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project in Austin, Miami and Israel. Aara and her husband, Ambrose, are the proud parents of two wonderful boys, Leo and Lucas.

Paul Martin BAII: 2015–2017 | Joined Company: 2017 Paul Martin has been promoted to the main company after joining Ballet Austin II in 2015 and dancing as an apprentice for two years. Paul began his ballet and dance training in West Des Moines, Iowa, under the tutelage of Hank and Beth Adams. With their guidance, Paul earned scholarships to notable summer intensive programs, including Kansas City Ballet School, Nutmeg Conservatory, San Francisco Ballet School and Ballet Austin. In 2014, Paul received a scholarship to study full time at Kansas City Ballet School where he advanced his training, culminating in a performance opportunity with Kansas City Ballet II. As a Ballet Austin II apprentice, Paul performed lead roles, such as The Judge in Nick Kepley’s Season of Innocence and The Prince in Nelly Van Bommel’s Snow White. Additionally, he’s performed in Jennifer Hart’s Spaces and Stephen Mills’ Touch and The Nutcracker.

Grace Morton BAII: 2012–2013 | Joined Company: 2013 Grace Morton is from Seattle, Wash. She received her early training at Dance Fremont under the direction of Vivian Little and Mary Reardon. In 2010, she continued her study under Damara Bennett in Oregon Ballet Theater’s professional division. As a member of Ballet Austin II, she enjoyed performing featured roles in Stephen Mills’ Luminaria, Jennifer Hart’s Wavemakers and Nelly van Bommel’s Snow White. After joining the company, Grace has appeared in lead roles such as Snow Queen and Lead French in Stephen Mills’ The Nutcracker, Puss ‘n Boots in The Sleeping Beauty, and has also been featured in Stephen Mills’ One / the body’s grace and CARBON53. She has had the pleasure to appear in repertoire by George Balanchine, James Gregg, Jennifer Hart, Gabriel Lamb, Pontus Lidberg and Pam Tanowitz. Grace has danced in project-based company Performa / Dance, and appeared in Zilker Theatre Production’s presentation of Oklahoma! as Dream Laurie. She is also a teacher in the Ballet Austin Academy.



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Kevin Murdock-Waters BAII: 2013–2015 | Joined Company: 2015 Originally from Roseville, Calif., Kevin Murdock-Waters began his training at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. He went on to train at the San Francisco Ballet School where he performed roles in multiple main company ballets, including works by Helgi Tomasson, John Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev and Christopher Wheeldon. During the SFB student showcase, Kevin performed the second movement principal in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony. With Ballet Austin II, he enjoyed performing as Hansel in Nelly van Bommel’s Hansel and Gretel, the judge in Nick Kepley’s Season of Innocence, and in Stephen Mills’ Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast. Since joining Ballet Austin’s main company, Kevin has enjoyed dancing in Stephen Mills’ Bounce and Pontus Lidberg’s Stream.

Preston Andrew Patterson BAII: 2008–2010 | Joined Company: 2010 Preston Andrew Patterson was born in Atlanta, Ga., and began his dance studies at the Ballethnic Academy of Dance. At age 17, he attended the School of American Ballet and later the National Ballet School of Canada. As a member of Ballet Austin, Preston Patterson has had the privilege of performing in Stephen Mills’ Wolftanzt, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, Belle REDUX / A Tale of Beauty & The Beast, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle and the Blue Bird in Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Elise Pekarek BA Trainee: 2007–2009 | BAII: 2009–2011 | Joined Company: 2011 Elise Pekarek is originally from the Chicago area and began her formative ballet training with the Judith Svalander School of Ballet under the direction of Judith Svalander and Greg Begley. Since joining the company in 2011, Elise has been honored to have been featured in several works by Stephen Mills as well as Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Lar Lubovitch, George Balanchine, Pam Tanowitz, and Septime Webre. She participated in the National Choreographer's Initiative 2017 and enjoyed dancing works by Christopher Stuart and Suzanne Haag. Elise was nominated for the 2016 Austin Critic's Table award for Outstanding Dancer for her work in choreographer Michelle Thompson's Illusory Impressions. In 2017, she performed Thang Dao's award-winning choreography, We Circle The Night, for the Danz in Arte a Pietrasanta festival in Pietrasanta, Italy. Elise has completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Columbia College of Missouri and teaches classes for Ballet Austin's Pilates Center.

Oren Porterfield BA Trainee: 2002–2003 | BAII: 2003–2004 | Joined Company: 2009 Oren Porterfield hails from Dallas, Texas, where she trained with Tanju and Patricia Tuzer of Tuzer Dancenter. She continued to study under revered master teacher Truman Finney as a trainee and an apprentice with Ballet Austin. Oren has danced with Ohio Ballet and Dayton Ballet where she enjoyed the roles of Lucy Westenra in Stewart Sebastion’s Dracula and as “Blanche DuBois” in Karen Russo-Burke’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. She has been a guest artist with Verb Ballets, Motion Dance Theatre and Performa / Dance wherein she originated the role of Camille Claudel in Jennifer Hart’s Camille: A Story of Art and Love. Oren has performed as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America series and has had the honor of touring to Israel with Stephen Mills’ Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In her time with Ballet Austin, Oren has enjoyed working with choreographers Stephen Mills, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Loni Landon, Jennifer Hart, James Gregg and Pontus Lidberg. She’s been featured in roles such as Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, and the iconic pas de deux in George Balanchine’s Agon.



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Chelsea Marie Renner BA Trainee: 2005–2007 | BAII: 2007–2008 | Joined Company: 2008 Chelsea Marie Renner, originally from Bozeman, Mont., received her early training from Ann Bates of Montana Ballet and Campbell Midgley of Queen City Ballet. Since joining Ballet Austin's main company, Chelsea has enjoyed performing in Stephen Mills' Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, The Magic Flute, Kai, Hamlet, and as Flower Waltz soloist in The Nutcracker, along with George Balanchine's Agon, Nicolo Fonte's Lasting Imprint, and works by Nelly van Bommel, Gregory Dolbashian, Gabrielle Lamb and Jimmy Orrante. In June of 2013, Chelsea was honored to travel to Washington, D.C., to perform Stephen Mills' Hush for Ballet Across America III at The Kennedy Center, and in September of that year joined the company in Israel for a three-city tour of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Chelsea was the first recipient of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Scholarship in 2006. When not in the studio Chelsea loves spending her time with her son, Landon, who turned 2 in April, and running her home-based skin care business with Rodan & Fields. Chelsea would like to thank her husband, Aaron, her parents, and her grandparents for their endless love and support.

Ashley Lynn Sherman Joined Company: 2002 Ashley grew up in the Chicago area, where she trained with Sherry Moray. She spent four years with Alabama Ballet before joining Ballet Austin, where she has premiered many ballets by Stephen Mills and toured to Israel, Italy, Slovenia, The Joyce Theater and The Kennedy Center. She has portrayed Odette / Odile, Aurora, Giselle, Juliet, La Sylphide, Swanhilda, Ophelia, Cinderella, Kitri, Sugar Plum Fairy and the principal pas de deux in George Balanchine’s Agon. She has been featured in contemporary works by Thang Dao, Nicolo Fonte, James Gregg, Jennifer Hart, Loni Landon, Pontus Lidberg, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gina Patterson, Dwight Rhoden and Twyla Tharp, and has made guest appearances with National Choreographer’s Initiative and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, performing works by Walsh and Mats Ek. Ashley is an alumna of St. Edward’s University, a member of the Ballet Austin Academy faculty and a yoga instructor with specialization in Restorative yoga and Ayurveda.

Morgan Stillman Joined Company: 2017 Morgan Stillman is originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., and joins Ballet Austin for the 2017/18 season after dancing three years with Nevada Ballet Theater where he was featured in a variety of classical and contemporary roles. Morgan received most of his training at Indiana University Ballet Theater under the guidance of Michael Vernon, Violette Verdy, Jacques Cesbron, Guo Ping Wang, Victoria Lyras, and Shawn Stevens.



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Brittany Strickland BA Trainee: 2007–2008 | BAII: 2008–2010 | Joined Company: 2010 Brittany Strickland is originally from Winston-Salem, N.C. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts (now the University of NCSA) from 2001– 2007, where she trained under Melissa Hayden, Nina Danilova, and Kee-Juan Han. With NCSA, Brittany was privileged to perform George Balanchine’s Serenade at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as performing featured roles in The Nutcracker, La Fille mal Gardee, La Sonnambula and Jardin Anime. Following graduation, she continued her training with Ballet Austin under full scholarship. With Ballet Austin II she was privileged to perform featured roles in works such as Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint and Stephen Mills’ Touch, as well as performing with the company in Mills’ Coppelia and his world premiere of The Firebird. Since joining the company, she has enjoyed performing in works such as Mills’ The Taming of the Shrew, The Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, and Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In her free time, Brittany also teaches in the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

Christopher Swaim BAII: 2004–2006 | Joined Company: 2006 Christopher Swaim is originally from Bryant, Ark., where he began his training with Kirt and Linda Hathaway at the Academy of Ballet Arkansas. He then went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Ballet Pedagogy. Christopher has danced principal roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Agon and Valse Fantaisie, and has been featured in works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Stephen Mills, Thaddeus Davis, Amy Seiwert, James Clouser, Miguel Terekhov, Septime Webre, Nelly van Bommel, Gina Patterson, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jimmy Orrante and Ben Stevenson. He has also performed at the 2010 San Francisco International Arts Festival as a guest with Amy Seiwert’s company, Imagery, with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in 2008 and again in 2013 with Ballet Across America III, with Ballet Arkansas as a guest in 2012 and 2014, and at the 2011 Festival des Arts de SaintSauveur. Christopher teaches in the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and Ballet Austin Academy and has guest taught across the country.

Jaime Lynn Witts BA Trainee: 2001–2003 | BAII: 2003–2004 | Joined Company: 2004 Jaime Lynn Witts is originally from Bucks County, Penn., where she received most of her training from Maxim Ponomarenko, Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane. She attended summer programs at CPYB, Boston Ballet and Ballet Austin. There, she continued her studies with Truman Finney in Ballet Austin’s Trainee program and as a member of Ballet Austin II. Since joining the company, Jaime has performed in works by numerous choreographers, including Pontus Lidberg, Pam Tanowitz, KT Nelson, Nicolo Fonte, Loni Landon, Jennifer Hart, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Gabrielle Lamb. She has enjoyed performing principal roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and Agon. She has also performed the title roles in The Firebird and Cinderella, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, for which she earned her second Austin Critics Table Award. Most recently, she has made her premiere as Ophelia in Mills’ Hamlet. Jaime has also had the honor of performing the role of The Survivor in Mills’ Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project in Austin and on tour in Miami and Israel. When she is not dancing, Jaime enjoys spending her free time with her husband and daughter, Evaline.



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Jonathan Alexander Max Azaro Katherine Deuitch Dallas Finley Matthew Gattozzi Jake Howard

Elizabeth Kanning Elizabeth-Jane Moller Paige Russell Anna Schmidt Marya Thorstensen

Rehearsal Assistants for Ballet Austin II: Christopher Swaim, Alexa Capareda Ballet Austin II, established in 1999, serves as Ballet Austin’s apprentice program and second company. The Ballet Austin II dancers are selected through a nationwide audition process and make Austin their home to participate in this unique training opportunity. They have the opportunity to perform with the main company for larger productions and present their own extensive roster of performances in Austin and on tour across the state. To date, 92 graduates of Ballet Austin II and the Butler Fellowship Program have secured contracts with more than 42 companies across the nation, including Ballet Austin, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, Nevada Ballet Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, Nai-Ni Chen, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Spectrum / D onald Byrd, Wideman / Davis Dance, Alabama Ballet, Thang Dao Dance, Northwest Dance Project, DanceWorks Chicago, and Louisville Ballet. Nearly 75 percent of Ballet Austin’s main company positions have been filled with Ballet Austin II graduates.


Maxim Bleeker Jacy Fletcher Lexi Garden Tristan Grannum

Samantha Howe Megan McKelvey Audrey Sides

The Butler Fellowship Program offers 15 fully-underwritten scholarships to outstanding dancers, and features an innovative and personal approach to a traditional, professionaltrack training. Butler Fellows are selected through Ballet Austin's Senior Summer Intensive, following a nationwide audition, and participate in up to 17 hours of classes per week. Integral to the Butler Fellowship Program is Ballet Austin's mentoring initiative, which establishes a foundation of support and resources for the transition from student to professional. They rehearse and perform with the main company and Ballet Austin II in main stage, touring and educational performances. Currently, 30 percent of Ballet Austin's main company dancers are graduates of the Butler Fellowship Program.



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At Large Members

Jennifer Guthrie

Sarah Butler

Kristen Day

Immediate Past President

Jason R. Wills

Bliss Burdett Dan Byrne Richard J. Groos Nikelle Meade Everett Plante


Alexander C. Ladage

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Hunter Armstrong Becky Beaver Mike Blue Paula N. Boldt Marla Bommarito-Crouch Nikki Bryant Irion W. Andy Buchholz, M.D. Cass Burton Greg Casas Socar Chatmon-Thomas Rich Cleary Jeff Coddington Ada Corral Priscilla Cortez Mark Cravotta Steve Dalbey Robert Dintzner

Cliff Ernst Kathleen Farlow Cynthia D. Fresch Renee Gallagher Jennifer Garcia, PE, CFM Wade Giles Christopher Y. Han Chris Hendel E.D. Hill Blake K. Holman Aileen Hooks Chris Hosek Bruce Irick Jannette Keating Craig Kuglen, M.D. Ava Late Nora Linares-Moeller

Suzanne Mackowiak Dr. Marcella Madera Kristin Marcum Dr. George Martin, Ph.D. Jennene Mashburn Michael Matula Andrea McWilliams Emily Moreland Nidhi Nakra Deborah Portman Elizabeth T. Powdrill Forrest Preece Deanna Rankin Ryann Reaud Stephen Redman Edie Rogat Shon Saliga

Pilar Sanchez Cord Shiflet Polly Shrewsbury Jare Smith Matt Swinney Judge George C. Thomas Brenda Thompson Cathy Thompson Jeffrey M. Trigger Council Member Ellen Troxclair David Webber Tom Welch Scott G. Yarborough


Trustees (cont'd)

Advisory Council

Legal Advisor

Sarah Butler

Craig Kuglen, M.D., Secretary Diane T. Land Jennene Mashburn, Vice Chair Emily Moreland Edie Rogat *, Treasurer

Rick Bennett Mike Blue Paula Boldt * Blaine Bull Dorothy Drummer Alexander C. Ladage* Ryann Reaud Stephanie Whitehurst

Derry Swanger Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel, L.L.P.

Trustees Kristen Day Cliff Ernst *, The Legacy Circle Chair Jennifer Guthrie *Denotes

Financial Advisors Lana Macrum-Craig, Gideon Derr, J.P. Morgan

Here for Good Leadership Team Member


Vice President of Ballet Austin Support

Vice President of Member Events

Ingrid Sprangle

Ashley Yong

Marianna Symeonides

Vice President of Communications

Vice President of Membership


Lorrie Garcia

Suzanne Mackowiak


Taylor Calvin Treasurer Araceli Tapia


Vice President of Fundraising Events

Becky Herrington

Vice President of Merchandising Deborah Sztejnberg

Cassie King Polidori


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The Wallace Foundation


SEASON SPONSORS Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc. JPMorgan Chase Select Physical Therapy

Silicon Laboratories The Shubert Foundation Inc Workplace Resource


EXIT WOUNDS WORLD PREMIERE Commissioned by Beverly Dale


PRODUCTION SPONSORS Austin Energy Clara & Paul Bancroft Boulette, Golden & Marin L.L.P. Sarah & Ernest Butler Ernst & Young The Fifth Age of Man Foundation

Greenberg Traurig LLP H-E-B JW Marriott Austin Lazy 8 Ranch Specialty Food Co. Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown

Maxwell Locke & Ritter Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin Sterling Events Trammell Crow Company

MEDIA SPONSOR Austin American-Statesman

IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING SPONSORS Leaps & No Bounds and Dance in the Classroom A Glimmer of Hope Austin 3M Michael & Alice Kuhn Foundation

Dizzy Feet Foundation Stantec Texas Commission on the Arts

NIGHT OF COMMUNITY SPONSORS Wells Fargo Bank, Whole Foods Market





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ACTIVE LIFE WORKSHOPS SPONSOR Health’s Angels, a program of St. David’s Foundation Community Fund



NXP Semiconductors, Texas Oncology

Junior League of Austin

PARTNER’S CIRCLE SPONSORS King Florist, Sterling Events, TWIN Liquors


QUIET IMPRINT SPONSORS Applied Materials Foundation, Powell Foundation

GOVERNMENT FUNDING Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

OTHER CORPORATE, FOUNDATION & IN-KIND SUPPORT 3M Amazonsmile Foundation Anderson’s Coffee Aquasana Austin Community Foundation Austin Fashion & Style Events Ballet Austin Foundation Ballet Austin Guild Bancroft-Clair Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation Blue Whale Moving Company, Inc. Brunetti Foundation Combined Federal Campaign Communities Foundation of Texas David Yurman Austin

Dell Fritz, Byrne, Head & Gilstrap, PLLC Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody H-E-B Hopper Mikeska PLLC Housing Authority of The City of Austin I Live Here, I Give Here IBC Bank IBM Matching Grants Michael & Alice Kuhn Foundation Mindpop National Instruments PayPal

Ride Share Austin Royal Blue Grocery Silicon Laboratories Southwest Community Foundation St. David's Foundation Strong Events Texas Coffee Traders The Trudy Foundation TWIN Liquors U.S. Bank Foundation United Way Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Foundation Whole Foods Market

Acupuncture: Andra Millian, M.S., L.Ac., C.H. Chiropractic Care: Dr. Rosanne Butera Counseling: Shelley Graham, Ph.D., LPC Dentistry: Robert F. Jansa, D.D.S., Chris Gorham, D.D.S.–Round Rock Family Dental Center Nutrition: Sally Bowman, M.Ed., RD, LD, Michelle Cross, LMSW, RD, LD, Laura Gruber, RD, LD

Orthopedics: Robert Dehne, M.D. Pharmacy: 38TH Street Pharmacy Physician: Dr. Eric J. Lambeth, Red River Family Practice Podiatry: Dr. Gary D. Prant

HEALTHCARE SUPPORT Consultant Ann H. Messer, M.D.

Chief, Ballet Austin Medical Services Jeffrey Padalecki, M.D.

Physical Therapy Select Physical Therapy, Official Physical Therapy Provider for Ballet Austin Vanessa Muncrief, P.T., D.P.T.– Onsite Medical Officer



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2017 / 18 DONOR BENEFITS YOU KEEP US DANCING! Ticket sales cover only a portion of the cost to bring productions to the stage. Your generous support helps bridge the gap so we can continue to stage the classics, unveil innovative new work and incubate the next generation of dancers. In appreciation of your gift, you will enjoy a comprehensive collection of carefully selected benefits designed to bring you closer to the art form and offer VIP behind-the-scenes access to the works you see on stage.

FOUNDER: $7,500+

CORPS: $1,000+

Personalized benefits package including lunch with Artistic Director Stephen Mills and the opportunity to watch a performance backstage • All Premier Partner benefits

Complimentary Champagne Intermission at all productions* • Concierge ticketing service • All Contributor benefits

PREMIER PARTNER: $5,000+ Production Sponsorship Opportunity— Be recognized for the production of your choice and join us behind the scenes • Invitation to a complimentary pre-performance appreciation dinner at The Long Center • All Principal Partner benefits •

CONTRIBUTOR: $500+ Invitation to Intermission reception during The Nutcracker • Invitation to a special donor ballet class taught by a Company dancer • All Supporter benefits •

SUPPORTER: $250+ Studio rehearsal viewing followed by lunch and a Q&A session with Company Dancers • All Patron benefits •

PRINCIPAL PARTNER: $3,500+ Complimentary VIP valet parking, with expedited service* • Opportunity to watch Company Class at the Long Center prior to a performance • All Preferred Partner benefits •

PREFERRED PARTNER: $2,500+ Post-Performance Parties with Company dancers in the Kodosky Donor Lounge (All parties for The Nutcracker will be held during intermission) • Invitation to a final dress rehearsal • All Partner benefits •

PATRON: $100+ Name listed in the 2017/18 Season Program Invitation to a studio rehearsal viewing • All Member benefits • •

MEMBER: $50+ •

Updates from the studio prior to each Production • Name listed in the Season Finale Program


PARTNER: $1,500+

Long Center Performances

Complimentary VIP self-parking* Special recognition at your seat* • All Corps benefits • •




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2017 / 18 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS Ballet Austin donors support the annual budget of the organization with a yearly gift.



Ballet Austin Foundation

Ballet Austin Guild

PREMIER FOUNDERS $20,000+ David Booth

Sarah & Ernest Butler

Beverly Dale

The Fifth Age of Man Foundation

PREFERRED FOUNDERS $10,000+ Clara & Paul Bancroft Virginia & Gilbert Burciaga Annie Chandler

E.D. & Joe Hill Kodosky Family Foundation John Mahan

Linda Ball & Forrest Preece Vicki Roberts / Lexus of Austin and Lakeway

FOUNDERS $7,500+ Jennene & K. Ray Mashburn

Cathy & Dwight Thompson

PREMIER PARTNERS $5,000+ Mary Bakatsa & Clark Wilkinson Becky Beaver & John Duncan Brenda & Mike Blue Paula & Bob Boldt Marla Bommarito-Crouch & Michael Crouch Nikki Bryant Irion & Terry Irion Josh Canova Jeffrey P. Coddington Ann & James Downing Matt & Shana Dudley, Ph.D. with Yaya & Elliot Moulton Kathleen & Robert Farlow

Renee Gallagher Carlos & Jennifer Garcia Jennifer Guthrie Georgia & Don Henrich Blake & Joan Holman Aileen Hooks & Ray Donley Katie & Jordan Jaffe Dr. & Mrs. Craig C. Kuglen Alexander C. Ladage Dr. Marcella Madera Julia Marsden Judy & Michael Matula Maryanne McKenzie

Kimberly & Tatum Moore Emily Moreland Jerome Murray & Jason Gallaher Charlie Phillips Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham Jani & Shon Saliga Carolyn & Marc Seriff Natasa & Michael Valocchi Tom & Sally Welch Jason Wills

PRINCIPAL PARTNERS $3,500+ Mayor Steve Adler & Diane T. Land Hunter Armstrong Eric Behrens Elizabeth & Andy Buchholz Bliss Burdett Cass Burton Darlene & Daniel H. Byrne Mary & Greg Casas Socar Chatmon-Thomas Victoria Cheney Rich Cleary Ada Corral & Matthew Ames John-Michael & Priscilla G. Cortez Monica & Mark Cravotta Charlotte & Steve Dalbey Aaron & Kristen Day Robert Dintzner


Marsha & Michael Dyson Martha & Cliff Ernst Wade Giles & Jeff Schab Joani & Richard Groos Harvey Guion & Kathleen Callahan-Guion Christopher Y. Han Chris & Abby Hendel / Neiman Marcus Chandra & Chris Hosek Beverly & Bruce Irick Jannette & Patrick Keating Ava & Steve Late / Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Austin Nora Linares-Moeller & Mike Moeller Kristin & Ryan Marcum

Dr. George Martin & Eva Muñoz Andrea & Dean McWilliams Nikelle S. Meade Drs. Cathy & Rodney Nairn Dr. Tanuj & Nidhi Nakra Mandy & Everett Plante Deborah S. Portman Elizabeth & Brent Powdrill Deanna & Marc Rankin Ryann Reaud & Jorge Rangel Steve Redman Wanda A. Reynolds Cookie & Phil Ruiz Jenna Salwen Pilar Sanchez & John Hernandez Quata Schoolar Annie & Cord Shiflet


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PRINCIPAL PARTNERS $3,500+ (cont’ d) Dr. Polly Shrewsbury Jare & Jim Smith Matt & Kara Swinney Judge George C. Thomas & Jolsna John Thomas

Brenda Thompson Kathy Steele & Jeff Trigger Ellen & Caleb Troxclair David Webber & Ransom Baldasare

Eva & Marvin Womack Sarah & Scott Yarborough

PREFERRED PARTNERS $2,500+ In honor of Brittany Harpole Dr. Maureen Alexander Paula & George Baldwin Cheryl & Robert Butler Dr. & Mrs. Gil Cloyd Emily & Ryan Deiss Hollis & Robert Gaston Cyndi & Jon Holman

Michael Baryshnikov Le Burkien Melanie Lewis Mickey Mann Movin' Easy MariBen Ramsey & Karen Kahan Mr. & Mrs. W.S. Romney Ana & Alejandro Ruelas Danny Snyder

Lonnie Karotkin Taub & Albert Taub Valerie & Craig Tyler Dr. Christy Sue Waters Betty Marie Welch Polly & Jay Westbrook

Mark Kernan Flo & Ren MacNary Arthur J. Manson, III Monica & Jonathan Marler Brian & Rosa McCormick Lorelei & Patrick McDevitt Betty & Charles Oltorf The Pacey Family Foundation Francine & Robert Paino David Plaut & Jane Webre Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson Joanne M. Ravel Carrie & Taylor Riché Edward Z. Safady

Nancy Scanlan Ms. Kathryn Scarborough Carol & Frank Sheppard Karen & William Steakley Stephanie Steenstrup Drs. Cynthia Tays & Rodney Schmidt Frances & Robin Thompson Sue & Terry Tottenham Tiffany Walker J. Craig Wallace Connie & Dan Weaver Stephanie & Bill Whitehurst Dr. Joseph & Ran Willman Hilary & Stan Young

Evie & David Feltoon Cynthia D. Fresch Kelvon Hansen & Neil Ely— In honor of Frank Shott Sean & Teresa Henry Amy Hiemstra Mike Hondorp Diane Humphreys Brian Kieley Cynthia & Eric Korman Ms. Anna Lee Candice & Clayton McKay Chad Neely

Ghadeer Okayli Kate & Hector Perez Jim & Rebecca Popp Ellen Sauer Karen Sonleitner Natalie & Charles Thornburgh Mr. Greg Underwood Dr. Desmar Walkes Watkins Insurance Group Carol J. Welder Karlan & Cam Witt

PARTNERS $1,500+ A Friend Delores Baccus Mr. & Mrs. Darnese A. Bell, Jr. Dahl & Joyce Black Sabrina Brown & Sam Taylor Tracy Burgess Sharla & John Campbell Betty Edmond Rose & Carey Epps Iris Groten Debra Haas & Marty Hood Dr. Brent Hasty & Stephen Mills Becky & Richard Herrington Will & Alison Herrington Dr. Wylie Jones Jordan

CORPS $1,000+ Jenny & Brandon Aghamalian Juliana & Bryan Azar Danny Babineaux & Alan Carsrud Barnhart Family Patrick Beathard Sandra Begalke Megan & Jason Boulette Dr. Rosanne Butera Lynn Carter & Alan Moore Adam Chibib Rebekkah & Tyson Cole Becky & Tom Cook

Please review the benefits of giving on page 53. Listing reflects current cash and in-kind gifts to Ballet Austin’s Annual Campaign as of Oct. 24, 2016–Oct. 24, 2017.



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CONTRIBUTORS $500+ In honor of Hailey Dupont In memory of Harvey Gregg In memory of Regine Schumaker Lou Agnese Jim & Debbie Alsup Anne Marie & Paul Michael Bloodgood Betsy & David Buttross Orlando Julius Canova Elisabeth & Paul Carrell Patricia Cherico Tana & Joe Christie Cory Covert Barbara & Alan Cox Mr. Ryan Cradeur Christi Cuellar Lotz & David Lotz Susan & Claude Ducloux Stacy & Richard Dunavan Janet Eaddy

Amy & Randall Erben Tia & Adam Garaas Justin, Kathryn & Brooklyn Garrett Adriana & Jonathan Graf Marilyn Halpin Wendy Harvey Margaret Herman Jeanne & Van R. Hoisington JoAnn & Kenneth Johnson Caroline Jones John Kirkpatrick Aara & Ambrose Krumpe Sebastian Lanphier Adrienne Longoria SGT William & Rene Macafee Jeff Mace Dr. Howard Marcus James Martin Michelle Martin

Nicki Mebane Mr. & Mrs. John Moragné Hannah & Cameron Nokes Tom Noonan Mark & Vicki Parsons Michele Pellman Bill Piner Louis Renaud Daniel E. Rodriguez Jennifer & Kirk Schell Peter Schram Dr. Richard Shea & Estela Shea Vlada & Gennadi Sheber Katie Starley Nicole & Adam Swies Elizabeth & Lars Wiedenhoefer Sherry & Richard Wilkison Phil Wood

Jan & Orion Knox Jim & Betsy Kreisle Cassie LaMere Natalie & Carl Lauryssen Georgia Lochridge Marie Lyriotakis Jane-Elizabeth Madison Nancy & Aaron Marcus Laura McPartland Matz Suzanne & John McFarlane Kristen & Steve McPike Laura Merritt Jeff & Tracy Miller Virginia Miracle Nancy & Leo Mueller James F. O'Leary Michael Owen Michael Ellwood Owens

Parsons i.d. De Peart Darlene & Phillip Plyler Michele & Gary Prant Michele Schwartz Elizabeth & Anthony Siela Charles & Carole Sikes Tracy & Jerry Stendara Chris & Quenby Swinson-Mitchell Deborah Sztejnberg Tabrizi Family Donald Tietjen & Susan Sprague Phyllis & Eric Waelder Mary Walcutt Leslie & Dianne White Paula Wood & Family Lital & Arik Yaacob

Anne Beckner Xavier Bell Beth Bergen & Jay Weiner Billie Bledsoe Lesley Nowlin Blessing Ursula Brinkmann Cynthia Brown Joanne Bruce Judy Bush Sarah Capp Linda Cartwright

Deborah Casati Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan & Anna Charnitski Frank Cheff & Sharon Shuppert Martha Clark Barbette & John Cooper Leslie Cox & Duane Sanford— In Memory of Alexei Bauereis Mr. Kevin Coyle Angela Craig David de la Pena

SUPPORTERS $250+ Jolene Bean Rosalie & Jim Boldin Julia & Bill Buchholz Ms. Elizabeth Christian Coleen O. Cleeve Monica Cunningham Thomas Edwards Jill Fatzer Emma Garcia De Alba & Joe Salinas Claudia Garvey Anne J. Gray & David J. Carr Rich Gregasko Aubrey Erin Groves Katie & Tim Hanus Sharon & Ken Herman Brooke & Levi Holmes Sara J. Jones

PATRONS $100+ In honor of Esther Alston In honor of Rev. Jody Harrison In honor of David & Julie Loignon In honor of Cookie Ruiz Calita Aguirre R. Bours Stephanie & Darren Albrecht Eugene Alvarez Linda Ashton Christopher Beck David Beck



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PATRONS $100+ (cont’ d) Beth Domal Connie & Charles Doubrava Jim Durkin Sarah Edgerton Ingeborg L. Eichberg Jeanne Ellenstein Dakota Fernandez Mark Gagnon Fred Gibson Priscilla Gonzales Lois & Ira Goodman Louise & Scott Haigler Ms. Joanne Hanifan Judy & David Harris Anne Marie Harrison Elizabeth Hendrix Kelli & Eric Hodges Jodi & Rocky Holland Peijen Hsu Donna Jackson Vickie Jacobson Paula & Parker Jameson Krystin C. & Michael B. Johnson Mr. Scott Joslove Linda & Peter Kangos Megan Kendrick Mr. Jeffrey King Kellye King Beverly Kuenast Dr. & Mrs. Robert Laibovitz Kurt & Ulrike Lapham Mary & Christopher Larosa

B.A. Lawless Michael & Shelley Lee Sandra Littlejohn Colin MacDougal & Vanessa Smith Dell Marcoux Marion Mark Molly & Terry Martin Natalie & Joseph Mattingly Niccole Maurici Mr. Brad McCabe Margaret Miller R. John & Melanie Miner Amy & Steve Mitchell Laurie Modrey Susan Morehead Mona Morgan Judy Morris Edna Nation Alicia & Robert Nellis Katie & Jesse Newland Elizabeth Newman Leslie Noble Connor Noonan Laquieta O'Dell Anne Marie Olson Joyce & David Orr Michael Pena Virginia Phillips Joan Pinkham Coralie & Jim Pledger Talina Prow

Cristina Rangel Marianne Reat & Mark Estes Sharon & Katie Reeves Marnee Jane Richardson Justin Robbins Yolande & Glenn Rusyn Dr. & Mrs. M.R. Sack Jennifer Schwenker Susan Sheppard Keith & Paige Smith David Starr Ron & Jo Ann Stehle Kimberley Stengel Marianna Symeonides & Carlos Quesada Maria Talamo Vickie & Rex Taylor Dr. Brad & Colleen Theriot Lindsay Titualer Sarah Tober & Robert Tober Daylia Vaughan Jyll Vertuno Michael Walters Chris & Darcie Ward Louise & Steven Weinberg Kathleen & Jim Wicoff Thomas Wilson Margaret Wofford Carol Wood Joelyn Wooldridge Irene Xie & Junjie Li Debbie Zappen

BALLET AUSTIN GUILD IN-KIND SPONSOR County Line–In memory of Bruce Walcutt Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon Zax Restaurant & Bar

Please review the benefits of giving on page 53. Listing reflects current cash and in-kind gifts to Ballet Austin’s Annual Campaign as of Oct. 24, 2016–Oct. 24, 2017.



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VISION To build the financial base and secure the future of Ballet Austin.

FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS, Ballet Austin has built an international reputation for artistic excellence and innovation. Now, the Ballet Austin Foundation is undertaking a permanent fundraising effort to raise endowment and legacy gifts that will set in motion a bold vision for Ballet Austin’s future. Gifts made today will create a permanent impact beyond our lifetimes, ensuring that future generations will benefit from a legacy that you can create. Ballet Austin is here to INNOVATE, here to TEACH, and here to SERVE…We are Here for GOOD.


$100,000 + Anonymous Ballet Austin Board of Directors Mr. & Mrs. Joe Long

$50,000+ Anonymous (2) Ballet Austin Guild Dr. & Mrs. Craig C. Kuglen Edie Rogat & Cotter Cunningham

$25,000+ Mayor Steve Adler & Diane T. Land Martha & Cliff Ernst In Memory of Marilyn H. Ferguson Jo & Jonathan Ivester Jennene & K. Ray Mashburn Emily Moreland   /  Moreland Properties Cathy & Dwight Thompson

Learn more about supporting Here for Good by contacting Ballet Austin Development Director Christi Lotz at or 512.476.9151, ext. 124



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THE LEGACY CIRCLE The Legacy Circle invites donors to include the Ballet Austin Foundation in their wills, life insurance, retirement plans, charitable remainder or charitable lead gifts to help preserve the future of Ballet Austin, enriching the lives of future generations.

BALLET AUSTIN THANKS THE LEGACY CIRCLE MEMBERS! Mayor Steve Adler & Diane T. Land Becky Beaver & John Duncan Rick Bennett Paula Boldt Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Butler Darlene & Dan Byrne Ann & Jim Downing Martha & Cliff Ernst Dr. Harvey Evans & Gloria Evans Malcolm Ferguson Jennifer Guthrie Becky & Richard Herrington Terry & Nikki Bryant Irion Alexander C. Ladage Laraine & Leon Kentridge Lasdon

Mike Baryshnikov Le Burkien Jennene & K. Ray Mashburn Helen G. Miller Michael Ellwood Owens Forrest Preece & Linda Ball Joanne Ravel Wanda A. Reynolds Cookie & Phil Ruiz Peter Schram & Harry Ullmann Rosemarie L. Schwarzer Jare & Jim A. Smith Karen Sonleitner Mary & Bruce Walcutt J. Craig Wallace Bill & Stephanie Whitehurst

Please contact the Development Office at 512.476.9151, ext. 1 24 if you would like to have a conversation about a gift or charitable planning.



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BALLET AUSTIN STAFF ARTISTIC TEAM Stephen Mills, Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund Artistic Director Michelle Martin, Associate Artistic Director

Eugene Alvarez, Company Manager Allisyn Paino-Martin, Rehearsal Assistant

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM Cookie Gregory Ruiz, C.F.R.E., Executive Director Billie Bledsoe, Director of Business Development Pei-San Brown, Community Education Director Tony Casati, Operations Director Christi Cuellar Lotz, C.F.R.E., Development Director Julie Loignon, Audience Engagement Sales and Services Director

Vicki Parsons, Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director William Piner, Academy Director Gail Romney, Finance Director Bill Sheffield, Production Director / Stage Manager Lital Yaacob, Executive Administrator

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Lauren Adams, Development and Special Events Manager Anne Marie Bloodgood, Audience Content Coordinator Sarah Brazier, Audience Services Manager Emma Garcia De Alba, Accounting/HR Assistant Diana Lynn Gembinski, Audience Sales & Services Manager

Brooke Holmes, Senior Development Manager Jordan Moser, Audience Content Coordinator Maria Murphy-Mayberry, Grants Writer Arminé Olivas, Senior Marketing Manager Kylie Phillips, Community Education Associate Lily Pipkin, Development Administrator Kent Pool, Facilities Manager

PRODUCTION TEAM* Bill Sheffeld, Production Director / Stage Manager Brad Wilson, Assistant Production Manager Tony Tucci, Lighting Supervisor Alexey Korygin, Wardrobe Master C.J. Swinburn, Master Electrician Ryan Gallagher, Assistant Electrician Conrad Haden, Head Carpenter James Cameron, Assistant Carpenter Valerie Sadorra, Props Mistress

George Wenning, Props Assistant Glenn Dunn, Head Flyman Bill Mester, Head Audio Steven Myers, Technical Director Emily Cawood, Ballet Austin II Wardrobe Mistress Joan Miller, Head Wardrobe Wendy Sanders, Wigs and Makeup * Stage employees of Ballet Austin are represented by I.A.T.S.E. Local 205.

BALLET AUSTIN ACADEMY William Piner, Academy Director Joshua Piper, Pianist Coordinator Michelle Martin, Curriculum Director Jennifer Hart, Levels 1–5 Curriculum Director

Toni Bravo, Pre-Ballet Curriculum Director Joan Wolfe, Creative Movement Curriculum Leader Jane Schwartz, Academy Registrar

BUTLER CENTER FOR DANCE & FITNESS Vicki Parsons, Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vlada Sheber, Pilates Program Director Stephanie Albrecht, Senior Manager Sarah Brazier, Customer Experience Team Jessica Bugg, Customer Experience Team Leader

Stacy Dunavan, Customer Experience Team Kristina Gonzales, Customer Experience Team Monica Martinez, Customer Experience Team Leader Michael Owens, Customer Experience Team Rachel Rosen, Customer Experience Team Leader Grace Shaeffer, Customer Experience Team

ACADEMY AND BUTLER CENTER INSTRUCTORS Jenny Alperin Tara Alperin Ian J. Bethany Meghan Bowman Hannah Brightwell Pei-San Brown Dane Burch Orlando Julius Canova Alexa Capareda Marisa Cappelli Kirstan Clifford Nicole Del Bene Lisa del Rosario

Divya Dinakar Paige Edwards Danielle Ehoff Defne Enç AJ Flores Rebekah Fowler Bra’Kehri Frazier James Fuller Emily Furillo Tyler Guthrie Amir Hammoudeh Brittany Harpole Elizabeth Hartzell

Aminya Houston Arletta Howard Logan Libby James Vivian Kaw Jean Claude Lessou Alex Miller Allyson Morales Grace Morton Kevin Murdock-Waters Selena Offenberg Sandra Organ-Solis Lauren Parra Preston Andrew Patterson

Sara Paul Elise Pekarek Rohit Ramachandran Ashley Lynn Sherman Taylor Stewart Brittany Strickland Christopher Swaim Ramsay Wall Terri Lynn Wright Erick Yanez

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Elevate your show night experience with Chef David Garrido’s signature menu at Dine, perched lakeside in downtown Austin. Featuring fresh, American fare, enjoy a take on classic favorites such as steak and frites, mushroom truffle mac and cheese, baby back ribs with escabeche, ancho chile NY Strip, as well as Garrido’s signature fried oysters. Sip on craft cocktails, frozen margaritas and a thoughtful wine list in the restaurant’s stylish space, that perfectly harmonizes with Chef’s straightforward yet distinctively unique cuisine.

Duck-filled enchiladas in poblano-spinach sauce, watermelon-infused tequila and crepes smothered in goat’s milk caramel - now that’s Mexican cuisine. For more than 30 years, Fonda San Miguel restaurant has remained the premier Mexican cultural experience in Austin. Offering gallery-level fine art, an impressive wine list and the highest-quality interior Mexican dishes in town. Now featuring homegrown organic vegetables from our garden!

111 E Cesar Chavez | 512.478.2991

2330 W North Loop Blvd. | 512.459.4121

III Forks is a contemporary evolution of the classic steakhouse. The menu features the finest USDA Prime beef, ocean-fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. The perfect table is available for your party, five private rooms available for 12 to 60 guests with audio/visual capabilities. Located in the 2nd Street district at Lavaca Street and Cesar Chavez.

Beginning as a modest butcher shop in 1979, award-winning Perry’s Steakhouse in Austin features a two-story wine wall and five private dining rooms. Famous for a mouth-watering, seven-finger high pork chop, butcher-fresh USDA-aged prime beef, table side carvings and vibrant Bar 79, Perry’s provides a dining experience that is truly Rare and Well Done®.

111 Lavaca St. | | 512.474.1776

114 West 7th St. | | 512.474.6300

Manuel’s is an Austin favorite featuring delicious dining from Mexico’s interior and coastal regions. Our restaurants are locally owned and operated, and we regularly support non-profit and arts organizations. Consistently voted “Best Happy Hour” with 16 half price appetizers and $2 house Margaritas EVERYDAY from 4 to 6 p.m.

We promise to provide our customers the most pleasant dining experience by preparing with the freshest ingredients, serving the highest quality cuisines and with a simple smile. Dim Sum brunch is served at our North and Westlake locations on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

310 Congress Ave. | 512.472.7555 10201 Jollyville Rd. | 512.345.1042 | 3407 Greystone Dr. | 512.343.9307 | 107 West 5th Street 512.637.8888 | 712 Bee Caves Rd | 512.328.6588

We invite you to escape to Truluck’s. A getaway for the senses. Come savor the freshest Crab, direct from our own fisheries. Delight in our fresh-catch seafood menu or select tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then complement it all with delicious wines by the glass and bottle.

Austin’s original USDA Prime Steak House has been serving sizzling steaks since 1985. Served on a 500° sizzling plate, Ruth’s Chris guarantees your steak will be hot, juicy and delicious until the very last bite.

400 Colorado St. | | 512.482.9000

107 W 6th St. | | 512.477.7884

Offering fresh takes on traditional Asian street food, Street is the latest concept from Austin restaurant veteran Ronald Cheng of Chinatown. The versatile menu features creative hot and cold “snacks,” sushi, dumplings, as well as vegan and gluten free options. It’s the perfect spot for a quick, healthy lunch, after-work drinks, or a fun night out with friends.

Chez Zee American Bistro, locally owned for over 20 years, serves lunch, happy hour, dinner, award-winning weekend brunch and house-made desserts. Cookin’ ‘til midnight, Friday and Saturday. Reservations any time; please come in before or after the show. Book your private party at Chez Zee! Visit us online for menus, maps and more.

3407 Greystone Drive | | 512.382.9567

5406 Balcones Dr. | | 512.454.2666











































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A World Apart, A Moment Together One World & TRIAD funds of the San Antonio Area Foundation Connecting Central Texas Military Families One World’s innovative performing arts summer camp program provided scholarships through TRIAD funds of the San Antonio Area Foundation to give kids the opportunity to be a part of the musical production of “Wizard of Oz.” When the campers took the stage every parent, no matter where they were located, including Iraq was able to see their child perform. Using amazing video technology generously provided by a partnership with LifeSize Communications, seven military bases were connected to One World Theatre, so that parent and child could see, talk and interact with each other as if they were in the same room. After the performance, each child and their family was given the opportunity to talk privately with their loved one, keeping the bond of family alive across the miles.

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