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Cover Image: Fabrice Calmels and Christine Rocas in Tipping Point. Photo by Cheryl Mann.


Above: The Joffrey Ballet in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Cheryl Mann.


Dear Friends, As the curtain came down on Alexander Ekman’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to close the Joffrey’s 2017–2018 season, we were reminded that bold innovation is at the heart of what we do at the Joffrey. Our incredible trajectory over the last decade has exceeded expectations, and we are in a fortunate position to exceed them further still. This past year proved it. In the fall of 2017, on the eve of a historic collaboration with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, we announced our impending move to the Lyric Opera House in 2020—a partnership that Mayor Rahm Emanuel described as “two jewels in Chicago’s cultural crown” coming together to strengthen Chicago’s reputation as a “worldwide leader in impactful and groundbreaking artistic performances.”


That was just the beginning. The season officially opened with a criticallyacclaimed performance of Giselle, followed by the second year of Christopher Wheeldon’s magical reimagining of The Nutcracker. Our winter program—with classics by legends like George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins—showed that the Joffrey is among the most versatile companies in the world. And then there was the North American premiere of Midsummer Night’s Dream, a ballet unlike any other, that would go on to become one of the top three best-selling productions in Joffrey history. Chicago was not the only beneficiary of Joffrey joy. We wowed audiences during an unprecedented month-long residency at the Music Center in Los Angeles and dazzled at the Les Étés de la Danse festival in Paris alongside New York City Ballet—a reminder that our national and international influence is expanding rapidly. On the administrative side, we achieved new revenue milestones and received a transformational $5 million gift from the Paul Galvin Memorial Foundation Trust to establish The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director position, ensuring that our leadership remains among the industry’s best well into the future. Generous grants from the Alphawood Foundation and the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust allowed us to hire four new full-time staff positions. Meanwhile, our Academy and Community Engagement programs continue to exceed enrollment goals and reach more students in the Chicago Public School system than at any point prior. Altogether, 2017–2018 will go down as one of our most successful seasons ever. It should come as no surprise. We are an organization of hundreds of dedicated individuals, a committed board of directors, exceptional artistic and executive leadership under Ashley Wheater and Greg Cameron, and world-class talent. The Joffrey has never been stronger, and the future has never looked brighter.

ZACH LAZAR Board Chair



Giselle Luncheon & Gala

Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili in Giselle. Photo by Cheryl Mann.


Giselle Luncheon

Jamie-Clare Flaherty, Greg Cameron, and Melissa Trandel. Photo by Steve Becker.


Zach Lazar, Susan Oleari, Anne Lazar, Kathleen Klaeser, and Patti Eylar. Photo by Dan Rest.



Co-Chairs | Jamie-Clare Flaherty and Melissa Trandel

Chair | Susan G. Oleari Gala Women’s Board Committee Chair | Kathleen Klaeser

The Giselle Luncheon held on October 2, 2017 at the Loews Hotel featured an exclusive conversation with Giselle Ballet Master Lola de Ávila and Joffrey Company Artists Christine Rocas and Amanda Assucena. Over 300 guests joined The Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board as they celebrated the start of the 2017–2018 Season. Presenting Sponsor Ariel Investments Program Sponsors Athene, CA Ventures, Mesirow Financial, Wells Fargo Reception Sponsors Firsel Ross, Neiman Marcus, One Winnetka Bag Pull Sponsor J.McLaughlin

The Gala, celebrating Ashley Wheater’s tenth anniversary as Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, was held on April 20, 2018 and featured a one-night-only performance at the Auditorium Theatre followed by dinner and dancing themed after a traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration at the Palmer House. Over 700 guests celebrated Ashley and the future of the Joffrey. Presenting Sponsor BMO Wealth Management Legends Sandy and Roger Deromedi, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, ITW, Anne L. Kaplan, The Edward and Lucy R. Minor Family Foundation, Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill, Pam and Russ Strobel, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Waters III Innovators Abbott, Allstate, Mary Jo and Doug Basler, Marc and Sharen Berman, Capital Group, Patti S. Eylar and Charles R. Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. F. Conrad Fischer, Sabrina and Antonio Gracias, GrubHub, Dennis and Kathleen Klaeser, John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe, Skadden, Rita Spitz and David Blears, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Townsend



2017–2018 Revenue 1%




$2,074,683 TOURING














2017–2018 Expenses $14,984,893

2% 6%





$20,128,767 TOTAL EXPENSES



$1,167,797 SUPPORTING


2017–2018 OPERATING RESULTS For the 5th consecutive year, the Joffrey’s operations generated a yearend surplus. Artistic excellence, audience development and strategic touring resulted in an increase of 28% in ticket sales and touring revenue. The Joffrey Academy of Dance experienced revenue growth of over 11% this past year thanks to continued strong enrollment and the addition of a new program. Funding received for Community Engagement activities provided enhanced programs for Chicago youth including two Nutcracker matinees offered to at no cost to students in Chicago Public Schools. In addition to positive operating activities, the Joffrey endowment received a gift of $5M to endow The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director position. The Joffrey continues to embrace its strategic initiatives which have resulted in a clear road map focused on programmatic growth while remaining fiscally responsible.



Dara Holmes and Edson Barbosa in Body of Your Dreams. Photo by Cheryl Mann.



The Joffrey Ballet is grateful to our donors for providing funding that ensures quality and engaging experiences for a variety of audiences. The following is a list of donors who made gifts and pledges in support of the annual fund, special events, and projects in the amount of $1,000 or more between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.


Alphawood Foundation Chicago Clear Channel Airports


Abbott Fund The Hearst Foundations The Reva and David Logan Foundation The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust NIB Foundation


Allstate Insurance Company Athletico Physical Therapy BMO Wealth Management The Julius N. Frankel Foundation ITW Jewell Events Catering JW Marriott The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Abbott Laboratories Bank of America The Bill Bass Foundation The Brinson Foundation Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Exelon Fox Ford Lincoln Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company Marcie Wright, Jamie-Clare Flaherty, and Maia Dunkel at the Gala. Photo by Dan Rest.

Illinois Arts Council Agency J.McLaughlin Make It Better Media Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. The Northern Trust Company Nuveen Investments, Inc. The Poetry Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts


Anonymous (2) Baxter International Inc. Capital Group Companies, Inc. Fifth Third Bank Hyatt Hotels Foundation

Conrad and Sonja Fischer at the Modern Masters Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.

Jenner & Block LLP Kryolan Professional Make-Up Latham & Watkins LLP Macy’s Mayer Brown LLP McGuireWoods

Polk Bros Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

The Shubert Foundation

The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation Palmer House Hilton Dr. Scholl Foundation The Siragusa Family Foundation Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom U.S. Bank Foundation William Blair

Suzy Friedman and Martha Melman, Hosts and Sponsors of the Midsummer Night’s Dream Celebration. Photo by Steve Becker.



Susan Canmann, Liz Ryan, Courtney Thompson, and Katie Freiburger.

Patty Andringa and Margot Lakonishok at the Modern Masters Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.

Company Artist Dara Holmes and D.L. Morriss at the Midsummer Night’s Dream Celebration. Photo by Steve Becker.

Joan Hall and Nicolas Blanc at the Giselle Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.




$1,000 –$1,499



Allegro Dance Boutique

Amsted Industries


Firsel Ross

James S. Kemper Foundation

Dunham Fund

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Franklin Philanthropic Foundation

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund

One Winnetka

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP


Lannan Foundation

The Irving Harris Foundation Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship by Myrna Kaplan Nordstrom, Inc. Sidley Austin, LLP Steak 48 Chicago, LLC Wells Fargo

Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. Sahara Enterprises, Inc. The Stebbins Fund, Inc. Tawani Foundation

Melinda J. Inc.





The Joffrey Ballet is grateful to our donors for providing funding that ensures quality and engaging experiences for a variety of audiences. The following is a list of those who made gifts and pledges in support of the annual fund, special events, and projects, in the amount of $1,000 or more, between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Mary Jo and Doug Basler

Marc and Sharen Berman

Estate of Gary and Linda Blumenshine

The Crown Family

Sandy and Roger Deromedi

Mr. and Mrs. Adam DeWitt

Patti S. Eylar and Charles R. Gardner

Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark

Nancy and Sanfred Koltun

Mr. and Mrs. F. Conrad Fischer

Lucy Minor

Jill Garling and Thomas Wilson

Jane Ellen Murray Foundation

Sabrina and Antonio Gracias

Mr. and Mrs. John Patience

Sherry Lea and Richard Holson III

Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill

Dennis and Kathleen Klaeser

Sage Foundation

Julie and Guy Lakonishok

Bill and Orli Staley

Margaret MacLean

Pamela and Russ Strobel

Martha Melman and Rich Melman

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Waters III

Alexandra Nichols and John Nichols


Fred Eychaner Paul Galvin Memorial Foundation Trust Estate of Dennis D. Kendzora Margot and Josef Lakonishok


Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation Sonia Florian Anne L. Kaplan The Satter Foundation

Virginia Owens and James Owens John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Eric C. Schieber, MD Rita Spitz and David Blears Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Townsend Mr. and Mrs. Miles D. White

Rose L. Shure Trust Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Tatar

Sabrina and Marisa Gracias at the Giselle Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.

Anthony Priore, Eric Schieber, and Michael Kaplan at the Gala. Photo by Steve Becker.




Melissa de Abreu e Silva and Ildefonso Silva

Nancy Gottlieb Bauer

Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Smith, Jr.

Edward Beam

Melissa and Chuck Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Beidler III

Maria Smithburg and William D. Smithburg


Luann Blowers and David Blowers Rosemarie and Dean Buntrock Butler Family Foundation Audre Carlin Paul Chasnoff and Joe Hopper DeSantis Foundation Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William Farley Michelle Goodman and Larry J. Goodman, MD Sherry and Michael Guthrie Joan Hall Harris Family Foundation Sandi and Barry Hartstein Myrna Kaplan Kovler Family Foundation Dr. Lynda Lane, Adele Lane, and Ben Lane-Korn Michael and Jennifer Larsen

Jeanette Stevens Liz Stiffel Hadas Teuscher and Philip Teuscher Andrew Thorrens and Donald Mizerk Lorraine Trachtenberg Richard and Diane Weinberg Hilary and Barry Weinstein Amanda Williamson and Matthew Johnson

Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett Mr. and Mrs. Zachary D. Lazar, Jr. Linda Levie and Glenn Levie Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz Susan G. Oleari Catherine Perez and William Perez Kathleen Pipala and Michael Pipala D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies Carol and Robert Rasmus Jeffrey C. Rubenstein Susan and David Ruder Judy A. Saslow Mr. and Mrs. David Sensibar Nathan Tannenbaum Foundation Inc. Dia Weil and Edward Weil


Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Allen Emily Strobel Amiet and Michael Amiet

Pamela Phillips Weston and Roger L. Weston Bryony and David Winn Elizabeth Yntema and Mark Ferguson for the Ferguson-Yntema Family Trust

Dr. Emily L. Arch and Mr. Justin Arch Annie Atzeff and Kristopher Atzeff Meta S. and Ronald Berger Family Foundation

Arie Leibovitz

Mary Kay Mudd Bushonville and Art Bushonville

Elizabeth Liebman

Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson

Julie Litfin and Matthew Litfin

Suzanne Cameron and Stephen Cameron

Karen McEniry and Roger McEniry

Lisa and Jim Challenger

Lynne McNown

Mrs. Joyce Chelberg

Coco B. Meers and Ethan Meers

Lawrence Corry

Negaunee Foundation

Geoffrey Davis

Ken Norgan

Laura Duggan and Jim Duggan

Michael Payette

Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation

Stephen Reiss and Rena Hozore Reiss

Emily Follas and Timothy Jacob

Camille Kearns Rudy and Robert M. Rudy

Dana Hokin Garvey and Robert Garvey

Cari and Michael Sacks

Elisabeth Geraghty and Robert Geraghty

Ms. Maggie Scheyer and Mr. Eric J. Scheyer

Greg Goldner

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Sharp

Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel, Jr.

Ms. Courtney C. Shea

Shana Guthman and David Guthman

Carolyn and Michael Sheridan

Mr. and Mrs. David H. Hoffmann

Gigi and James Owens at the Gala. Photo by Dan Rest.



John R. Menninger

Greg Albiero and Mark Zampardo


Pamela G. Meyer

Ero Amiridis and Michael Amiridis

Mr. and Mrs. William Adams IV

Mrs. Julianne Migely

Mina Amir-Mokri

Evelyn Alter

Patricia Miller and Christopher Miller

Melissa Anton and John Anton

Carey August and Brett August

Barbara and Jonathan Moss

Christopher Begy

Christine Bakalar and John Bakalar

Ashley Netzky and Pamela Netzky

Jennifer Birmingham

Francis Beidler Foundation

Linda Curtis O’Bannon, MD

Margaret Block and Philip Block

Ms. Carolyn A. Blessing

Thomas O’Keefe

Ms. Evelyn Bosenberg

John Brazzale

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Pacholick

Mrs. Walter F. Brissenden

Jenelle Chalmers and Stephen Chalmers

Daniela Pagani

Anthony Bruck

James Dolenc and Tom Riker

Victoria Poindexter and Joseph P. Gaynor III

Carolyn Bucksbaum

Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly Maia J. Dunkel Jamie-Clare Flaherty Nancy Follis

Tamara and Robert Buday

Hallie Blanchard Rehwaldt and Thomas Rehwaldt

Chartise Clark

The Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation

Elliott Crigger

Katie Cochran

Veronica Siegel

Pamela Crutchfield

Amelia Silva and Alejandro Silva

Dr. John Dainauskas

Thomas G. Sinkovic

Amina Dickerson and Julian Roberts

Marilyn Slattery

C.J. Dillon and Steve Clements

Shari Slavin and Mark Slavin

Mr. and Mrs. Terence Donnelly

Ms. Kathy Kalesperis Smith and Mr. Dion Grimes Smith

Deborah and Cody Engle

Cheryl Tama Oblander and Scott Oblander

Christine Fisher

Mr. and Mrs. John T. Hildy Leslie Hindman

Melissa Trandel

Courtney A. Hoffmann and Sebastian Hoffmann

Leslie J. Warner and Stephen B. Warner

Lauren Huefner

Magnes Welsh

Jeffrey Kerr

Diana and Stuart Widman

Avril Klaff and Hersch Klaff

Elizabeth Wippman and Tom Wippman

Laura Kofoid and David Ricci

Joyce M. Wippman

Dr. Jennifer Kurth and Mr. Brian Van Klompenberg

Alice and Herb Zarov

Arthur Frank Beth Fulkerson and Joshua Kellman Christine Gallagher and Greg Gallagher Stephanie Grinage and Richard Grinage Elisa Harris and Ivo Daalder Stacie R. Hartman K. Susan Heintz and Thomas Heintz

Dania Leemputte and Patrick Leemputte Mr. and Mrs. Barry Litwin

Dr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Finder

Lois Farrell Fisher

Michelle Wasson and Joel Farran

Mimi Frankel and Bud Frankel Abby Funk and Donald Funk Jennifer Gallagher and Patrick Gallagher Darcy Goldfarb, MD Sue-Gray Goller Ann Gootee and James Gootee Barbara Greis and Howard Gottlieb Anthony and Susan Grosch

Lisa Zenk and Jason Zenk

Madeleine Grynsztejn and Thomas Shapiro

Helen Zimmermann and John Zimmermann

Dr. and Mrs. Alan G. Harris

Colleen Loughlin and John Sirek

Kathleen and Mark Hechinger

Lisa Klimley Malkin and Cary J. Malkin


Holly and Matt Maloney

Anonymous (3)

Elizabeth Marcus, MD and Ira Belcove

Dora Aalbregtse and R. John Aalbregtse

Kevin McGirr

Kathleen Abbott and Jeff Abbott

Mr. and Mrs. Michael McGrath

Ada Addington and Whitney Addington

Sarai Hoffman and Stephen Pratt Julie Holland Alan J. Hommerding and Robert K. Personett



$1,500–$2,499 (CONTINUED)

Jennifer Ross

Lynn Arensman and Robert Arensman

Kathleen Ihrig and Glenn Ihrig

Anthony Rufo

Neda Ashourian

Melinda Jakovich-Lagrange and Lucien Lagrange

Barbara and Donald Ruhman

Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Babcock, Sr.

Sue Samuels

Sandra Bass

Judith Sawyier and Michael Sawyier

Judy Block

Patricia Schmalzl and William Schmalzl

Robyn Bowland

Sarah Schrup

Anne Brody and Michael Brody

Andréa J. Schwartz and Dr. Steve Stryker

Judy Bross and John Bross

Terry Schwartz

Burke-Brunger Fund

Lois Scott and David May

Marion Cameron

Anne Shonk

The Carmi Family Charitable Fund

Louis and Nellie Sieg Fund

Kathleen Carpenter and John Gould

Craig Sirles

Juliana Chyu and David Whitney

Beth Smetana and Gerard Smetana

Mrs. John C. Colman

Brian Smith and Geyer Morford

Julia and Matt Doherty

Patricia Smith

Christine Du Boulay Ellis

Dawn Stanislaw

Michelle Erb

Shirley Stanley and Paul Stanley

Katherine and Richard Freiburger

Penelope Steiner and Robert Steiner

Ethel and William Gofen

Patricia Sternberg

Cidney Golman and Jeffrey Golman

Dr. Lauren Streicher and Mr. Jason Brett

Marc and Carol Gordon

Nancy Sussman

Betty Harris and Edward Harris

Mia Levy and Paul Levy

Courtney Thompson

Julie F. Harron and Michael F. Harron

Leslie Logsdon and Duncan Bourne

Dana Shepard Treister and Dr. Michael Roy Treister

Patricia and O.J. Heestand

Mary Kamraczewski and Kevin Kamraczewski Sherry Kaplan and Barry Kaplan Masahiro Kasai and William Myers Jackelyn Kastanis and Taki Kastanis Marilyn Katz and Scott Chambers Wendy Kilcollin and T. Eric Kilcollin Roberta Killeen and Timothy Killeen Polly Kintzel Ann Klimek and Adam Klimek Karyn Kruschka and Edward Kruschka Erica Kuhlmann Sarah Ladgenski and Derek Ladgenski Robin and Jack Lavin Deej and Hunter Leggitt Sherren Leigh Kathryn Leister and Douglas Leister Ms. Dana Levinson and Mrs. Barbara Levinson

Susan Lucas and Stuart Lucas Matt McCartt James D. McDonough Lois and Robert Moeller Prof. Keith and Anne Moffat Jazelle Morriss and Daniel L. (DL) Morriss

Richard and Noren Ungaretti Judy Van Arsdale Andria van der Merwe Robert and Etti Van Etten Debbie Wang and David Hoyt Sherry Weiss and Albert Weiss

Morrell Neely

Olga Weiss and George Honig

Janis Notz and John Notz

Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Zentner

Lee and Sharon Oberlander

William Ziemann

Mary Jane O’Connor $1,000 –$1,499

Bonnie Price and Jack Hirsch

Rochelle Abramson and Elliott Abramson

Christine Provost and David Provost Donald H. Ratner and Bruce A. Gober

Nancy Jacobs Janet Jentes and William Jentes Maryl R. Johnson, MD Patricia Koldyke and Martin Koldyke Jay Leibovitz Lew and Laurie Leibowitz Lori Litwin and Mark Litwin Jessica Lundevall and Torjus Lundevall Heather Martin and Sean Martin Jess and Amanda Merten

Marian Pearcy and Peter Jones

Carol Prins and John Hart

Marci and Ronald Holzer

Margery Al-Chalabi Michael Andrews and Ryan Ruskin

Julie Moller and Scott Moller Marisa Murillo Phoebe Nixon and Jamin Nixon Susan Noyes and Nicholas Noyes


$1,000 –$1,499 (CONTINUED)

Marjory Oliker Mr. Jonathan F. Orser

Joffrey Academy of Dance Scholarships Sponsors

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Pierpont

Mr. Edward Beam

Mr. Jay Byron Leibovitz

Sheila Pizer and Howard Pizer

Mr. John P. Brazzale

Madeleine Plonsker and Harvey Plonsker

Mrs. Joyce Chelberg

Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship by Myrna Kaplan

Richard and Charlene Posner

Mr. Lawrence Corry

Rosa Prado and Jose Luis Prado

Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation

Boyd Rice

Dunham Fund

Jane Nicholl Sahlins

Ms. Nancy Follis

Stephanie Sick and William Sick

Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company

Marcey Siegel and Kenneth Siegel

Leibovitz Family Philanthropic Fund

The Reva and David Logan Foundation Rose L. Shure Trust Melissa de Abreu e Silva and Ildefonso Alvim de A Silva Ms. Jeanette Stevens

Lynda Silverman and Howard Silverman Julia Simpson Stephen Smith Mr. and Mrs. Neele E. Stearns, Jr. Judie Stein Rebecca Stimson Nunn Joanne Storm Mary Summers and William Summers Peggy Swartchild and James Swartchild Carol Trapp and James Trapp Susan and Bob Underwood Mr. and Mrs. Todd Vieregg Annabelle Volgman and Keith Volgman Kenneth Witkowski Julie Zuckerman and Daniel Zuckerman

Hadas Teuscher and Josef Lakonishok at the Gala. Photo by Steve Becker.

Noren Ungaretti, Julie Allen, Ra and Falona Joy. Photo by Dan Rest.

Ethan and Coco Meers with Ashley Wheater at the Gala. Photo by Steve Becker.

Mikael Karlsson, Preston McBain, and Marie-Louise Sid Sylwander at the Gala. Photo by Steve Becker.



Photo by Steve Becker.

Patti S. Eylar Over Patti Eylar’s three years as President, she is credited with leading the Joffrey Women’s Board to new heights: establishing a Costume Maintenance Fund for Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker, adding dozens of new members, and inspiring fellow Women’s Board members to sponsor the program costs for Barton Elementary School, one of the 31 Chicago Public Schools participating in Joffrey Community Engagement in-school programming this season. The Joffrey Ballet is grateful for Patti’s leadership and commitment to always putting the mission of the Joffrey first. Patti now serves as a Joffrey Board Director.

Photo by Todd Rosenburg.

Above: Women’s Board President Patti S. Eylar posing with Joffrey Company Artists Christine Rocas and Amanda Assucena at Patti’s final Women’s Board Luncheon as President. In a conversation moderated by The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, Christine and Amanda spoke about learning the iconic role of Giselle and how their training from a young age has instilled the technique needed for this demanding lead role. As a dancer with Chicago City Ballet and Ballet Chicago from 1977–1995, Patti is uniquely attuned to the rigors of training and mental stamina necessary to perform works by the greatest choreographers.


Rose L. Shure Trust A generous bequest from longtime Joffrey supporter Mrs. Rose L. Shure has been dedicated to establish an endowed scholarship at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, in her name alongside her late husband’s. We are honored to celebrate their legacy by awarding the Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure Endowed Scholarship to one of our most promising students each year, as they embody the Shures’ unwavering work ethic, determination, and commitment to arts education.

Alphawood Foundation Chicago The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust

T  hrough the generosity of Alphawood Foundation Chicago and The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, the Joffrey has been able to grow stronger as an organization and invest in our future. The groundbreaking $1 million grant from Alphawood Foundation Chicago supports a three-year audience development initiative which funds three new staff positions, invests in technology, and enables the Joffrey to deepen relationships with audiences resulting in repeat ticket purchases, subscriptions, and contributed revenue. By increasing audience sustainability, we will contribute long term to our own growth and financial viability. In the first year of the grant, we have already seen a fundamental transformation in how our marketing and development departments work together, greatly increasing our administration’s capabilities. A special gift from The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust funded the Joffrey’s first dedicated Planned Giving Officer. With a full-time professional devoted to building the program, we are beginning to implement a consistent planned giving strategy, growing the Joffrey’s sustainable sources of funding.

Exterior of Joffrey Tower. Photos by Fig Media.



Company Artist April Daly with Ashley Wheater at the Gala. Photo by Dan Rest.


Gala Celebrating 10 Years of Visionary Leadership The Joffrey Gala served as a culminating event during the season-long celebration of visionary leadership from Ashley Wheater. Special thanks to Pam Strobel, former Joffrey Board Chair and CoChair of the Search Committee that brought Ashley to Chicago, for her generosity and stewardship in forming the Ashley Wheater Anniversary Leadership Group. The Joffrey is grateful to these individuals for their sustained support of the Joffrey, and especially of the artistic journey Ashley has planned during his tenure. Sandy and Roger Deromedi Pamella Roland DeVos and Daniel DeVos Anne L. Kaplan The Edward and Lucy R. Minor Family Foundation Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill Pam and Russ Strobel Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Waters III

Joakim Stephenson, Mary Jo Basler, Ashley Wheater, and Alexander Ekman at the Gala. Photo by Steve Becker.

Russ and Pam Strobel at the Gala. Photo by Dan Rest.

Ashley Wheater Day in Chicago “I, RAHM EMANUEL, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2017, to be ASHLEY WHEATER DAY IN CHICAGO in acknowledgment of an extraordinary artist and arts champion, incomparable mentor and friend, and true Chicagoan.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ashley Wheater. Photo by Dan Rest.



The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director In June 2018 The Joffrey Ballet received a $5 million endowment gift from the Paul Galvin Memorial Foundation Trust in honor of Mary B. Galvin, a long-time supporter and Board Director of the Joffrey, to establish The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director position. The company artists and staff cheered as the newly-titled Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, along with President and CEO Greg Cameron, Cindy Galvin, Mary Galvin, and Joffrey Board Director Shelley Farley announced the transformative gift and tremendous honor.

Mary Galvin and The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director Ashley Wheater. Photo by Steve Becker.

Mary B. Galvin Announcement. Photo by Steve Becker.

“My mother and our family have a deep love and appreciation for the Joffrey, which has flourished under Ashley’s direction. We are so fortunate to be a part of its history, and we take immense pride knowing that the Joffrey leadership will remain the best in the world for years to come.” — Christopher Galvin


Star Society

Tribute Gifts — In Honor Of Sara Albrecht

Lorna Ferguson

Hallie Rehwaldt

Julie Allen

Jamie-Clare Flaherty

Chelsea Robsinson

Amanda Assucena

Jill Garling

Maya Rubens

The following individuals have included The Joffrey Ballet in their estate plans and are members of the Star Society. The Joffrey thanks them for their lasting support.

Melissa Babcock

Sue-Gray Goller

Bruce Sagan

Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Babcock, Sr.

Mary Jo and Doug Basler

Stephanie Grinage

Elizabeth Salmonowicz

D. Jeffrey and Joan H. Blumenthal

Nic Blanc

Sandi and Barry Hartstein

Maggie Scheyer

Mr. Paul Chasnoff and Mr. Joe Hopper

Adam Blyde

Jerri Hoffmann

Liz Sharp

Christine Du Boulay Ellis

Clare Brody

Sarai Hoffmann

Courtney Shea

Deborah and Cody Engle

Mary Kay Mudd Bushonville

Bridget Holmes

Mrs. Gerd Sjogren

Patti S. Eylar and Charles R. Gardner

Brian Johnson

Kathy Smith

Mr. Michael Goldberger

Anne Kaplan

Maria Smithburg

Sue-Gray Goller

Laura and Russ Karlin

Jane Strauss

Barbara Henigbaum

Jackie Kastanis

Pam Strobel

Marci and Ronald Holzer

Sandy and Nancy Koltun

Courtney Tan

Ms. Darlene Johnson

Cindy Kronman

Gayle Tama

Ms. Linda Levey

Suzanne Lopez

Maryna Tatar

Mr. John McAllister

Melissa Trandel

Prof. Keith and Anne Moffat

Christine Du Boulay Ellis

George and Kathryn McNulty

Dana and Michael Treister

Drs. Bill and Elaine Moor

Deborah Engle

Anne and Keith Moffat

Norem Ungaretti

Patti Eylar

Susan Oleari

Ashley Wheater

Ms. Jane Ellen Murray and Mr. Edwin Wentz

Shelley MacArthur Farley

Karine Provost

Diana Widman

Mr. Jonathan F. Orser

Greg Cameron Gerard Charles Sara Cunningham Rose Dillon Ellen Distelheim Julia Doherty Erica Edwards

Mr. Doug Schmidt Constance and Orin Steinhaus

In Memory Of

Elisabeth Wilcox Szegho Diana and Stuart Widman

Suhail Al-Chalabi

Kathryn McGirr

Mahvash Amir-Mokri

Mr. Norris James McNerney

Joan Armstrong

Jason T. McVicker

Rosemarie Bellandi

Marita M. Mootz

Frances Hunt Chapman

Dianne Nishimura

Roberta Dominiak

Lilette Rohe

Irving Distelheim

Charlotte G. Schwartz and Edward H. Schwartz

Eric B. Eatherly Howard Goldstein John Henigbaum Burton Kaplan Cynthia Diane Kelly Henry Levey Paul Lutter

Andrea and Rich Winship Mrs. Anna Mary Zarrelli

Virginia Lee Tallman Walter Tama Ruth Urbanski Don C. Waggoner Karin Elizabeth Wagner Carey Rose Winski




Abbott Fund Alphawood Foundation Chicago NIB Foundation Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation LIVE MUSIC SPONSOR

The Marina and Arnold Tatar Fund for Live Music


Bill and Shelley Farley with Cindy and Chris Galvin at the Modern Masters Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.

Fox Ford Lincoln pamella roland



Clear Channel Airports

Modern Masters Production Sponsor

William Blair with Joffrey Board Member Rita Spitz

JW Marriott

The Estate of Linda and Gary Blumenshine

Chicago Athletic Clubs

The Four Temperaments Production Sponsor

Athletico Physical Therapy

Patti Selander Eylar Beyond the Shore Production Sponsors

GISELLE SPONSOR Production Sponsor

National Endowment for the Arts

Production Sponsor

Jewell Events Catering

Glass Pieces Production Sponsor


With gratitude to The Nutcracker Commissioning Sponsors

Margot and Josef Lakonishok Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa And the many “Believers” Nutcracker Student Matinees and Curriculum Sponsor

The Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation

Winning Works Video Production Sponsor

Big Foot Media

Nancy and Sanfred Koltun

Additional rehearsal support for Beyond the Shore was provided by a Commission Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet.

JHL Capital Group

Nuveen and the Nuveen Fund Board, in honor of Lorna Ferguson

Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust


Anonymous (2) Allstate Insurance Company Bank of America Baxter International Inc. The Brinson Foundation Capital Group Companies, Inc.


The Crown Family


James Dolenc and Tom Riker

Presenting Sponsor


Margot and Josef Lakonishok Production Sponsors

Jane Ellen Murray Foundation The Poetry Foundation Bill and Orli Staley Foundation

Nutcracker Student Matinees Sponsor

Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation

Bank of America Nutcracker Curriculum Sponsor

Martha and Richard Melman with Suzanne and Albert Friedman

Polk Bros Foundation

Ken Norgan

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Michelle Goodman and Larry J. Goodman, MD The Hearst Foundations Hyatt Hotels Foundation Lannan Foundation Beth Levine Polk Bros Foundation Shea Family Foundation The Siragusa Family Foundation Ventana Charitable Foundation


The Joffrey Ballet in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Cheryl Mann.

The Joffrey Ballet 2017–2018 Season Giselle

Modern Masters

OCTOBER 18–29, 2017 Staged by: Lola de Ávila Music: Adolphe Adam Joffrey Premiere

FEBRUARY 7–18, 2018

The Nutcracker DECEMBER 1–30, 2017 Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Four Temperaments Choreographer: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Music: Paul Hindemith Joffrey Premiere

APRIL 25–MAY 6, 2018 Choreographer: Alexander Ekman Music: Mikael Karlsson North American Premiere

Body of Your Dreams Choreographer: Myles Thatcher Music: Jacob ter Veldhuis Beyond the Shore Choreographer: Nicolas Blanc Music: Mason Bates World Premiere Glass Pieces Choreographer: Jerome Robbins Music: Philip Glass Chicago Premiere THE JOFFREY BALLET | IMPACT REPORT 2017–2018 | 23


Victoria Jaiani in The Nutcracker. Photo by Cheryl Mann.


Board of Directors HONOR ARY CHAIRMAN


Barry Litwin


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Kathleen Abbott

James McDonough

Grace Barry

Patty Perkins Andringa

Coco Meers

Patricia H. Gerber†

Mary Jo Basler

Jess Merten

Pamela B. Strobel

Chairman of the Board

Marc Berman

Daniel L. (DL) Morriss

Joseph Wender

Lorna Ferguson

Luann Blowers

Susan G. Oleari

1st Vice Chair

Roger Deromedi

Diane Patience


Sonia Florian Anne Kaplan

Pamella Roland DeVos

Stephen Reiss

William M. Daley

Adam DeWitt

Jeffrey C. Rubenstein

Fred Eychaner

Patti S. Eylar

Bruce Sagan

Gary E. Holdren


Shelley MacArthur Farley

Eric C. Schieber, MD

Dr. David A. Kipper†

Ronald J. Allen

Jamie-Clare Flaherty

Liz Sharp

C. Steve McMillian


Emily Follas

Courtney Shea

Bruce Sagan

Patti Eylar

Patrick M. Gallagher, Jr.

Ross Shelleman

Maureen Dwyer Smith

Mrs. Robert W. Galvin

Pamela B. Strobel

Jill Garling

Ildefonso Alvim de Abreu e Silva

Dana Hokin Garvey

Chuck Smith

Ronald V. Waters III

Greg Cameron

Mark Giragosian

Maureen Dwyer Smith

President and CEO

Larry Goodman

Rita Spitz

Kathleen Hechinger

Sabrina Gracias

Lauren F. Streicher, MD

Linda Chaplik Harris

Ben Strobel

Jerrilyn M. Hoffmann

MarrGwen Townsend

Richard Holson III

Jason J. Tyler

Greg Jenkins

Ronald V. Waters III

Myrna Kaplan

Amanda Williamson

Donna M. LaPietra

Mr. Joel V. Williamson

Michael Larsen

Elizabeth Yntema


Zachary D. Lazar, Jr.

Vice Chairs

Guy Lakonishok

Women’s Board President

Ashley Wheater The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director

Assistant Treasurer

Board Chair Zach Lazar with Honorary Board Chair Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Giselle Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.

Jason J. Tyler

† Deceased

Darcy Goldfarb, Lauren Tatar, Marina Tatar, and Greg Cameron at the Giselle Luncheon. Photo by Steve Becker.



Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet OFFICERS

Dana Hokin Garvey

Anne Simon Moffat

Annabelle Volgman

Patti S. Eylar

Susan Geiselhart

Linda Curtis O’Bannon, MD

Chrissie Walker

Patricia H. Gerber

Susan G. Oleari

Mary Agnes Welsh

Darcy Goldfarb, MD

Christine Ott*

Pam Phillips Weston

Donna Greenberg

Gigi Owens

Kim White


Noren Ungaretti 1st Vice President

Merritt DeWitt Kathy Kalesperis Smith

Stephanie Grinage

Mrs. John R. Pacholick

Diana Weiss Widman

2nd Vice Presidents

Shana Bear Guthman

Daniela Pagani

Elizabeth Wippman

Dania Leemputte

Elisa D. Harris

Cynthia S. Passalino

Joyce M. Wippman

Mrs. Michael F. Harron

Mary Ellen Pavone, MD

Marcie L. Wright

K. Susan Heintz

Judith Pierpont

Leslie Zentner

Kathleen Henson

Ibby Pinsky

Julie Zuckerman

Martha Higgins

Victoria Poindexter

Leslie S. Hindman

D. Elizabeth Price

Courtney A. Hoffmann

Hallie Blanchard Rehwaldt


Jerrilyn M. Hoffmann

Emily Rubenstein

Elisabeth Adams

Sherry Lea Holson

Camille Kearns Rudy

Mrs. Keene Harwood Addington III

Marci Holzer

Elizabeth Dunkel Ryan

Brooke Hubbuch

Maggie Scheyer

Julie O’Donnell Allen

Melinda Jakovich-Lagrange

Sarah Schrup

Raheela Gill Anwar

Anne Kaplan

Andréa J. Schwartz

Annie Atzeff

Yvette Karaba

Liz Sharp

Melissa M. Babcock

Jackelyn Kastanis

Anne Shea

Grace Barry*

Elizabeth Ann Kasten

Carolyn Sheridan

Nancy Gottlieb Bauer

Wendy Kilcollin

Veronica Siegel

Heidy Best

Kathleen Klaeser

Amelia Silva

Jetta Boschen

Laura Kofoid

Mrs. Howard Silverman

Sophie Bross

Mrs. Frederick A. Krehbiel*

Marilyn Slattery

Mary Patricia Burns

Whitney Lasky

Maureen Dwyer Smith*

Mary Kay Mudd Bushonville

Anne Lazar

Maria Smithburg

Jenelle M. Chalmers

Anita E. Livaditis

Rita Spitz

Joan Colmar

Leslie Logsdon

Dawn Stanislaw

Sandra Deromedi

Lisa Klimley Malkin

Constance Steinhaus

Ellen Distelheim

Mrs. David Malliband

Liz Stiffel

Dr. Jill S. Dodds

Elizabeth Marcus, MD

Carol J. Stone

Maia J. Dunkel

Anita Mark

Nancy Sussman

Christine Du Boulay Ellis

Heather Martin

Cheryl Tama Oblander

Beth Engel

Kristina McGrath

Lauren D.W. Tatar

Shelley MacArthur Farley

Astrid A. McKinnon

Marina D.W. Tatar

Jamie-Clare Flaherty

Helen Hall Melchior*

Melissa Trandel

Emily Follas

Amanda Merten

Yolanda Tyler

Ellie Forman

Ms. Julianne Migely

Andria van der Merwe

Katherine E. Freiburger

Patricia Miller

Jen VanEekeren

* Indicates Honorary Member

Beth Fulkerson

Lucy Minor

Laura Larsen Venkus

As of June 30, 2018


Courtney C. Shea Treasurer

Jessica Steffensen Sandi Hartstein Dr. Emily L. Arch Members-at-Large


Dora J. Aalbregtse Laura Ferris Anderson Melissa Anton Mary Jo Basler Dorothy Bousseau Mrs. John E. Burke Candace Collins Jordan Kelly Dettmann Pamella Roland DeVos Deborah Gordon Engle Lydia Fisher Katherine Fox Astra Gamsjaeger Sue-Gray Goller Mrs. Marjorie E. Habermann Sharon King Hoge Kerrie Kennedy Donna M. LaPietra Brooks Morgan Mrs. Jay L. Owen, Jr. Kathryn Vail Victoria C. Verity Mrs. John R. Walter Ann Waters Mrs. Thomas E. Wells IV Ms. Patricia J. Simpson Wright


Joffrey Auxiliary Board Governing Council OFFICERS


Emily Strobel Amiet Carolyn Blessing

Michael Amiet Rachel Bartunek Lauren Huefner Nichole Mann Kerber Jacqueline Lentz


George Jewell and Amelia Silva at a reception welcoming Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter before Opening Night of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Steve Becker.

Sarah Lombardi Natalie Matwijiszyn Sarah Shu CHAIR EMERITUS

John Walcher As of June 30, 2018

Jason Tyler and Doug Basler at the Giselle Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.

Members of the Searle Family on stage following The Nutcracker. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.



Staff Ashley Wheater


The Mary B. Galvin

Erica Lynette Edwards

Artistic Director

Gregg Moeller

Lauren Martin

Properties Head

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Greg Cameron

Director of Community Engagement

George Paulin Sound Engineer

Terry McDonough

President and CEO

Caitlyn Hunyh

Marybeth Cave


Community Engagement Associate

Assistant Electrician

Abby Smith

Joe Principe

Administrative Assistant

Julianna Jarik


Amy Wicklund


Gerard Charles Director of Artistic Operations/ Ballet Master

Nicolas Blanc Adam Blyde Suzanne Lopez

Community Engagement Business Administrator

Elizabeth Salmonowicz

Director of Human Resources DEVELOPMENT

Community Engagement Manager

Sarai Hoffman

Evelyn Sanchez Michael Smith

Afton Battle

Community Engagement Program Coordinators

Clare Brody


Karine Provost

Linda Swayze

Ballet Masters/Principal Coaches

Academy Director

Keesha Beckford

Community Engagement Program Supervisor

Youth Division Liaison

Allie Deaver-Petchenik


Administrative Assistant


Karin Ellis-Wentz

Blair Baldwin

Head of Pre-Professional Programs

Company Manager

Bridget Holmes

Lighting Supervisor

Communications Coordinator

Erin Brown

Grace Kowalski Academy Coordinator

Artistic & Production Administrative Assistant

Sarah Mazzulla

Katherine Selig

Jake Fine

Chief Development Officer Director, Annual Campaign Assistant Director, Grants and Sponsorships

Jimmy Byrne Associate Director, Planned Giving and Major Gifts

Group Sales Manager

Julia Doherty

Marketing Director

Director, Major Gifts

Alex Goodman Development and Events Assistant

Ellie Cotey Head of Wardrobe

Chelsea Robinson

Cara Scrementi Partnerships and Production Manager

Gregg Benkovich

Kyle Seguin

Kate Shattock

Academy Receptionists

Lead Stitcher

Barbara Luchsinger Stitcher

Erin Tinsley Head Electrician

Steven Lange Head Carpenter

Vicki Crain

Sam Fain

Stage Manager

Caitlyn Carr Molly Hillson Emma Wilmarth Celina Wu

Director of Sales & Patron Services

Development Operations and Data Specialist

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

Children’s Division Liaison

Colene Byrd

Rose Dillon

Associate Director, Individual Giving

Debra Schoell

Chief Marketing Officer

Matt de la PeĂąa

Amanda Heuermann

Second Assistant

Brian Smith

Marketing Manager

Raymond Rodriguez

Trish Strong


Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships

Principal Stage Manager

Pre-Professional Division Liaison

Payroll & Accounts Payable Coordinator

Mimi de Castro

Student Services Manager

First Assistant/Shoe Manager

Erin Winkler

Annie Lyonswright

Director, Events

Director of Communications

Sarah Fiala Christina Grant Director of Audience Development

Casey Peek Patron Services Manager

Allison Diamond Chelsea Dvorchak Fernando Fernandez Patron Services Associates



Kathleen Hechinger

Scott Speck

Deputy Director & Chief Financial Officer

Aaron Glynn Database Analyst

Music Director

Grace Kim Michael Moricz Company Pianists

Sheryl Guyer Senior Accountant

Paul Key Director of Technology

John Kurtz Director of Facility Operations

As of June 30, 2018


2017–2018 Joffrey Artist Roster Matthew Adamczyk Derrick Agnoletti Yoshihisa Arai Amanda Assucena Edson Barbosa Miguel Angel Blanco Evan Boersma Anais Bueno Fabrice Calmels Raúl Casasola Valeria Chaykina

Nicole Ciapponi Lucia Connolly April Daly Fernando Duarte Olivia Duryea Cara Marie Gary Stefan Goncalvez Luis Eduardo Gonzalez Dylan Gutierrez Rory Hohenstein Dara Holmes

Riley Horton Yuka Iwai Victoria Jaiani Hansol Jeong Gayeon Jung Yumi Kanazawa Brooke Linford Greig Matthews Graham Maverick Jeraldine Mendoza Jacqueline Moscicke

Aaron Renteria Christine Rocas Chloé Sherman Temur Suluashvili Olivia Tang-Mifsud Alonso Tepetzi Elivelton Tomazi Alberto Velazquez Joanna Wozniak Joan Sebastián Zamora

Company Artist Yoshihisa Arai with Sarah Shu. Photo by Matt de la Pe~ na.

Greg Cameron, Anne Lazar, Honorary Consul General Gerd Sjogren, Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, Ashley Wheater, Zach Lazar, and Alexander Ekman. Photo by Steve Becker.

Jordana Joseph, Dia Weil, and Heiji Choy Black at the Modern Masters Opening Night Dinner. Photo by Dan Rest.




Community Engagement programs in 31 schools

6,500+ students reached

Linne School. Photo by Cheryl Mann.



Young dancers enrolled in Joffrey Academy of Dance summer programs


Students enrolled at the Joffrey Academy of Dance Photo by Cheryl Mann.


2017–2018 At A Glance

434,929 & 2.1M website visitors to

44,155 Instagram followers

page views

101,519 tickets sold

184,929 Followers on Facebook


Company performances in Chicago


Twitter followers

43 Company dancers

As of June 2018


Profile for The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet 2017-2018 Impact Report  

The Joffrey Ballet 2017-2018 Impact Report  

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