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Mary Barton

ARB Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master | ARBW Seniors Ballet Master
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MARY BARTON (Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer) received her dance training at The Washington School of Ballet under the direction of legendary founder Mary Day.  She continued her training at The Academy of The Washington Ballet and participated in summer courses at the School of American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School.  As a student, she performed in Nutcracker with The Washington Ballet and in other roles at The Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap with New York City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.  These experiences helped inspire and shape her knowledge of stage performance.  Her professional experience began when she performed with The Washington Ballet as a soloist in Balanchine's Scotch Symphony and in the principal role in Tom Paczik's Tzigane.  Early professional credits include a principal guest contract with the Oldenburg Staat Ballet in Germany and several seasons with Dayton Ballet. In 1986, Ms. Barton joined the Joffrey Ballet/New York where she performed a variety of roles in the great ballets of the twentieth century. Robert Joffrey created the role of Clara for her in the world premiere of his new Nutcracker. From 1993-2004, Ms. Barton was a principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet where notable roles include Sugar Plum Fairy, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Emily in Our Town. She also performed the leads in Balanchine's Rubies, Serenade and Concerto Barocco . Ms. Barton has been on the faculty of the Princeton Ballet School since 1994, and is one of the primary teachers of the Summer Intensive. She is a ballet faculty member at Princeton University and Rider University and is listed in the “Who’s Who of American Teachers.” She has helped re-stage Romeo and Juliet and Our Town on companies in the US and is currently Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master of ARB.  Ms Barton’s recent commissions include Straight Up with a TwistFive Men and a ConcertoFaerie Tyme, Fantasy BaroqueShades of Time and her newest work A Shepherd Singing (and I Still Heard Nothing). She has also choreographed over two dozen works for Princeton Ballet School’s spring full length ballets and Summer Intensive.

Christopher Chambers

Lighting Designer
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Christopher S. Chambers has a MFA from the University of Conneticut and has designed for many theatre, dance and opera companies including: North Shore Music Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Curtain Call Inc., Boston College, Montclair State University, Sufffolk University, Dramatics NYC, Gallery Palyers, Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, Resort Players, Boheme Opera of New Jersey, Manchester Ballet, Ram Island Dance, Dance Connecticut and The University of Hartford.  

Peter C. Cook

Stage Manager
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Peter C. Cook has been stage manager for American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School productions for over 35 years.  Peter has also stage managed tours for the Martha Graham Company and Phillip Glass.  He is an award winning and widely published photographer, with two books to his credit: Great Houses and Gardens of NJ and Cottages and Mansions of the Jersey Shore.  For the past few years, he has worked with artist Howard Siskowitz on a collaborative project, Double Take: A Portrait Project.

Patrick Corbin

Guest Choreographer
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Patrick Corbin was born and raised in Maryland, where he began his dance training at the Washington School of Ballet. In 1983, Corbin moved to New York City to study at the School fo American Ballet and in 1984 joined ABTII. In 1985, he joined the Joffrey Ballet and was introduced to the choreography of Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, Frederick Ashton, Laura Dean, Leonide Massine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Pilobolus and Paul Taylor. He joined Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1989 and in fifteen years he became one of its most celebrated artists -- featured in five PBS Great Performances; in the Academy Award nominated documentary “Dancemaker,” and recipient of the New York Performance Award for Sustained Achievement with The Paul Taylor Dance Company. Since retiring from the Taylor Company in 2005, Corbin has danced with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and stages his own work and the work of Paul Taylor on companies throughout the world. He is also Artistic Director of CorbinDances.

Janessa Cornell

ARB Wardrobe Supervisor
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Originally from Albany, NY, Janessa Cornell began dancing at the age of 8 and trained at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts.  She joined the Roxey Ballet Company in 2007, dancing many principal roles.  Janessa then joined American Repertory Ballet as a Trainee, eventually transitioning into the Costume Department.  She currently helps costume many American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School productions, and she designs costumes for Nacre Dance Company in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Janessa also serves as a seasonal Wardrobe Supervisor for the Bucks County Playhouse.  She was privileged to be the original Wardrobe Supervisor for "Mothers and Sons", a critically acclaimed drama that will be appearing on Broadway.  She was faculty at the Princeton Ballet School for several years and was a DANCE POWER Teaching Artist for the 2013-2014 school year.

Ann Marie De Angelo

Guest Choreographer
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ANN MARIE DEANGELO has worked internationally as a dancer, choreographer, director, and producer.  A former principal of the Joffrey Ballet, she was featured in TIME Magazine as one of America’s most promising ballerinas. She founded her own experimental dance troupe in the late-80’s called Ballet D’Angelo, which toured extensively  in Europe; was the founding Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico; and Associate Director of the Joffrey Ballet. Ms. DeAngelo has also been the producer and director of nine Gala dance shows, that raised funds of over $1 Million, to benefit the mission of Career Transition For Dancers.   As Choreographer, Ms. DeAngelo has created 50 works including full-evening pieces, Zeitgeist I & II; The Last of the Best; and Gypsy Band. Choreography for ballet companies include the Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba; Ohio Ballet; Pittsburgh Ballet Theater; Oregon Ballet Theater;  Nevada Ballet Theater; BalletNY, and ABT Studio Company. She has created several works for Ballet de Monterrey, including “Paradise”, starring Hip Hop pioneer Mr. Wiggles, in a lead role, and won the Margot Fontyne Award for “new artistic innovation”.  She has created works for various universities including Goucher College and Marymount Manhattan College. In 2003, Ms. DeAngelo created a one-act ghost love story based on the true Bell Witch ghost story. The Bell Witch was nominated for a “Benois de la Danse” Award in 2004, and a segment was performed at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. DeAngelo participated in the inaugural season of The National Choreography Initiative in 2005, and was one of six chose choreographers to participate in Dance Break 2006, a high-profile showcase for choreographers in the Broadway community. She choreographed a new musical in China, called The Promise, which premiered at the Shanghai Expo 2010. As contributing choreographer for CTFD shows she commissioned and choreographing a new song by Marvin Hamlisch, called I’m Really Dancing. It featured Mr. Hamlisch along with Angela Lansbury, Charlotte d’Amboise, Ann Reinking, Desmond Richardson, Chita Rivera, and DeAngelo’s brand, an eclectic mix of dancers - from all disciplines.  Ms. DeAngelo has directed dance shows that include “The Variety Show Jugglin’ Styles” starring Michael Moschen, “Thank You Gregory - A Tribute to Legends of Tap.  In 2012 Ms. DeAngelo conceived and directed Capezio’s 125th Anniversary Celebration at City Center.   Ms. DeAngelo has taught, for numerous dance companies, universities and summer courses, and has a certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.

Michelle Ferranti

Company Wardrobe Manager
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Michelle Ferranti has designed costumes for many dance companies and choreographers including San Francisco Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Introdans, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Jody Sperling’s Time Lapse Dance, Battleworks, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Edwaard Liang, David Parsons, Chet Walker, and many others.  She was a resident designer and adjunct faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College for twelve years.  She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA from Rutgers University.  She has also authored several articles and book chapters on various aspects of design, beauty culture, and American cultural history.

Philip Jerry

Guest Choreographer
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Phillip Jerry spent 15 years as a principal with the Joffrey Ballet. He performed a variety of roles and was most noted as a gifted actor and partner. After retiring from ballet, Jerry returned to college at Princeton University and graduated with an art history degree. While at Princeton, he worked as Ballet Master for American Repertory Ballet. It was during this time that Jerry reworked and staged Our Town. Jerry passed away in 1996.

Matthew Keefe

Resident Choreographer
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Matthew began dancing at age 19 while a student of the University of New Mexico. His early inspiration to dance came from the late Tim Wengerd of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Matthew went on to perform with several ballet, modern and opera companies including The Lynda Martha Dance Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fort Wayne Ballet, Boston Ballet2, Charleston Ballet Theater, Louisville Ballet, Ohio Ballet, the move, Ballet Met Columbus, Minnesota Opera and the James Sewell Ballet.

A choreographer of over 40 ballets, his work has won awards from the Regional Dance America and was selected for the Ballet Builders Showcase in New York. Matthew received an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa in 1999.

Equally at home in the artistic, production and administrative realms of dance; Matthew has served as the Interim Artistic Director of Ballet Quad Cities for the 2006-07 season, founder and producer of “The Studio 2A Choreography Project” in Minneapolis, Development Associate/Special Events Manager at George Street Playhouse, and part time faculty member for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Matthew also serves as Vice Chair on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees. He is married to former ARB dancer Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe.

Kathleen Moore

ARB Company Teacher
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KATHLEEN MOORE trained with Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) School.  She graduated from ASFA as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and moved to NY to join ABT II in 1980. Invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of the corps of ABT in 1982, Ms. Moore was appointed soloist in 1988 and Principal dancer in 1991. Her work included roles across the classical, dramatic, modern and contemporary repertory. Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris and other respected choreographers created roles for her and she was a member of the premiere tour of the White Oak Dance Project under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in 1990. Ms. Moore has appeared in several dance documentaries, the Herbert Ross movie  Dancers, and was interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show. Ms. Moore began teaching for Princeton Ballet School in 1993 as a guest teacher and has worked with ARB since 2006. She is also a member of the ballet faculty at the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University.  Ms. Moore is certified to teach all levels of ballet through the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Lauren Parrish

Production Manager
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Lauren holds a B.A. in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been lighting shows in and around New York City since 2006, and touring domestically and internationally with dance companies since 2008. She has stage-managed for Battleworks, Keigwin + Co., Susan Marshall & Company and TAKE Dance. Her lighting design has been seen at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Chocolate Factory, Manhattan Theater Source, Symphony Space, and Dance Theater Workshop. Lauren is the Technical Director of the New York Neo-Futurists, the Production Manager/Lighting Designer for DanceNOW NYC, and the Production Stage Manager for Youth American Grande Prix at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

Kirk Peterson

Guest Choreographer
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Kirk Peterson had a distinguished career for 17 years with American Ballet Theatre as principal dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of ABTII, Ballet Master, Principal Character Artist and as Master Teaching Associate.  Peterson was also Artistic Director of the Hartford Ballet for five years.  As a choreographer, Peterson has created over 50 ballets including new versions of The Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps.  His choreography has been seen with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, San Francisco Opera and The Royal Ballet School. He is a specialist in re-staging the full-length classical repertoire such as Giselle, Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty.  He was nominated for the prestigeous Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow for Othello, created for Alberta Ballet.  Peterson was resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet for six years and he is also a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust.  ARB restaged Peterson's Glazunov Variations for the 2010-2011 Season and The Eyes That Gently Touch for the 2011-2012 Season.

Gina Ricca

Wardrobe Supervisor
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Gina Ricca has been with ARB since 2003. She combines a decade of experience as an international fashion designer with formal education in costume design from Indiana University - School of Music, as well as fashion design from The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC.

Trinette Singleton

Guest Choreographer
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Trinette Singleton began her professional career with New York’s Joffrey Ballet in 1965, having received her early training with Harriet A. James in her home state of Massachusetts.  She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in ballets by notable choreographers such as Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, and Tudor.  She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created for her by Robert Joffrey.  Following her performing years, Ms. Singleton became Ballet Mistress/Teacher for the Joffrey Ballet, as well as Administrative Assistant to Robert Joffrey.  She later joined the Faculty and Advisory Board of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she still teaches.  She joined Ballet Theatre Pennslvania as Ballet Mistess/Choreographer in 1990, and acted as BTP Artistic Director in 1994.  In 1995, she formed Bravo!Dance with Nana Badrena, a faculty member of The Joffrey Ballet School.  She also taught in the BFA Program at The New School University in NYC, in 1999. Currently, Singleton is co-artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, and also serves as a faculty member in the DeSales University Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She has been artistic director of The Joffrey Texas Workshop in San Antonio since 2006, and serves as guest teacher for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She staged Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi for ARB and choreographed Capriccios (2012) and Dreams Interrupted (2014) on the company.


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