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Vanessa Logan
Executive Director
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Executive Director Vanessa Logan brings 18 years of experience in arts administration to American Repertory Ballet. Before joining ARB, she was Chief of Staff at Boston Ballet, where she supported operations, budgeting, staff management, and event planning. Her accomplishments at Boston Ballet included the successful management of “Night of Stars on the Common,” a free, outdoor performance on Boston Common that drew more than 55,000 people. Before joining Boston Ballet, Logan served as the Director of Education and Community Initiatives for the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. She created and managed a portfolio of education initiatives that integrated arts and academics and served 80 schools and 15,000 students per year. Several of the in-and after-school programs that Logan successfully implemented continue today. Logan is committed to creating opportunities for collaboration and offering programming to diverse constituents. She succeeded at engaging new partners for the theater by spearheading committees and serving on local boards. As a resident teaching artist for The CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, Logan shared her love of dance at many schools throughout the state. She authored and implemented several dance and academic syllabi, most notably a complete developmental dance and language arts curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade. Logan, a former dancer, attended The Juilliard School and graduated from Goucher College with a B.A.in dance. She received her childhood training from Donna Bonasera at Connecticut Dance Theatre. She is a lifelong advocate for community and education arts programs and is especially committed to building youth engagement in the arts. She has presented arts administration workshops at the University of Connecticut and Simmons College. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Boston Children’s Theatre and formerly served on the boards of Connecticut Dance Alliance and Main Street Waterbury.

Douglas Martin
Artistic Director
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DOUGLAS MARTIN started his ballet training with Dimitri Romanoff at the San Jose Ballet School and was one of six dancers selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to study in the newly-formed American Ballet Theatre School.  He was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet in 1984 where, as a principal dancer, he performed roles in ballets by Ashton, Arpino, Cranko, Balanchine, Joffrey, Taylor, Pendleton, Kudelka and many other great 20th century choreographers.  Martin was featured in performances of Dance in America on PBS and was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps.  He was among the last dancers of the Joffrey Ballet to spend the majority of his career in the company working under founder Robert Joffrey. Martin joined the Cleveland Ballet in 1991 and danced an array of principal roles including the Minister in Agnes deMille’s Fall River Legend.  In 1993, Martin was invited to join the American Repertory Ballet.  As leading dancer and Ballet Master for ARB, Martin collaborated with directors in creating ballets, including productions as the original cast lead in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Dream and The Nutcracker. Martin continued to be a principal dancer in the company as well as Ballet Master for ARB and ARBW and Principal Faculty for the Summer Intensive until his retirement from performing in 2002.

After retiring from ARB as a performer, Martin expanded his teaching, production and choreographic work.  Martin has been an integral part of the teaching staff at the Princeton Ballet School, Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College, and has also served as the School’s Music Director and ARBW Ballet Master.  He has staged full-length and repertory ballets for several companies, including Romeo and Juliet and Philip Jerry’s Our Town. Additionally, Martin has choreographed for several Princeton Ballet School productions, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Coppélia. In 2010, Mr. Martin became Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet. Since then, he has premiered a new production of Nutcracker, choreographed several new works including Ephemeral Possessions, Pathways, Rite of SpringFirebird, and a full-length Romeo and Juliet, and has commissioned 21 new works for the company, including 14 world premieres.

Mary Pat Robertson
School Director
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A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary Pat Robertson received her early training with June Runyon and danced with Tulsa Ballet Theatre. After graduation from Stanford University, Ms. Robertson performed and taught in New York, where she studied with Merce Cunningham, Douglas Wassell, and David Howard. She has taught ballet at Princeton University, New York University, and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Ms. Robertson was a founding director of Teamwork Dance, and has received a Choreographic Fellowship from NJSCA. Robertson choreographed numerous operas for Opera Festival of New Jersey includingThe Merry WidowThe Magic FluteLa TraviataThe Marriage of FigaroPostcard from Morocco, and Orfeo ed Euridice. For Opera New Jersey, she choreographed Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus.  She has also been a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts and NJPAC’s Outreach Program.

Ms. Robertson has been teaching at Princeton Ballet School since 1980, and became Director of the School in 1986. During these years she developed the syllabus with faculty input, inaugurated the PLUS programs, Professional Training and Trainee Programs,  and oversaw the moves into the new Princeton and Cranbury studios. In March, 2007, the United States Congress cited Ms. Robertson for her twenty plus years of leadership of Princeton Ballet School, and for its evolution into “one of the most acclaimed (dance schools) in the country.” In 2014, The Princeton Packet praised Ms. Robertson for "convey[ing] the joy and beauty and benefits of dance with an incredibly kind, calm, wise and supportive manner, demanding excellence without intimidation or creating an unhealthy fear of failing...[E]veryone under Mary Pat's domain was cut out to find the joy in dance." Click here to read the full article.

 

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