New York Theatre Ballet

Company Biographies

 

Directors

Diana Byer

Diana Byer (Founder & Artistic Director)

Diana Byer has performed as a soloist with Les Grandes Ballets Canadians, Manhattan Festival Ballet, New York City Opera, and the Juilliard Ensemble. She received her principal dance training from Margaret Craske and Antony Tudor. Details >

 
 

Artistic Staff

Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan (Costume Designer)

Sylvia is the Resident Costume Designer of The Metropolitan Opera. In addition to opera, she has a special interest in dance design. Details >

 

Gillian Bradshaw-Smith (Set & Property Designer, Scenic Painter)

As a fine artist, Gillian showed her work in art galleries and museums, including the prestigious Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery. Her work in scenic design, principally for the ballet, started in 1990. Details >

 
Michael Scales

Michael Scales (Music Director)

Michael is active as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician, as well as promoting and performing works by new composers. Details >

 
 

Dancers


Get a peek behind the scenes and see what life is like for the Company. Meet the dancers

Alexis Branagan

Alexis Branagan

Alexis grew up in New Jersey and began her intensive ballet training with New Jersey Ballet.
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Seth Ives

Seth Ives

Seth Ives was born in Vail, Colorado, where he started dancing many different styles of dance. Continuing to follow his passion, Seth pursued studies at Denver School of the Arts. Details >

 
Mitchell Kilby

Mitchell Kilby

He began his training at the Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy at age 16. After two years, he was accepted and received a full scholarship to The Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Details >

 
Carmella Lauer

Carmella Lauer

Before joining NYTB, she danced with Nashville Ballet, Ballet Tucson, and Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company. Details >

 
Steven Melendez

Steven Melendez

Steven Melendez joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice dancer in 2001. In 2006 he joined Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2007 joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia. Steven returned to New York Theatre Ballet in 2010. Steven is a Van-Lier Fellowship recipient and was a 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee. Details >

 
Rie Ogura

Rie Ogura

Rie Ogura is from Tokyo and trained at the School of Alberta Ballet under Murray and Nancy Kilgour. Details >

 
Mayu Oguri

Mayu Oguri

She has worked with the Jeune Ballet de CNSMD de Lyon, The Francesca Harper Project, The Albano Ballet Company and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. Details >

 
Amanda Treiber

Amanda Treiber

She was a member of The Tallahassee Ballet and danced in Balanchine's In the Inn, staged by Suzanne Farrell at FSU. Details >

 
Elena Zahlmann

Elena Zahlmann

Elena Zahlmann trained with Elisabeth Carroll at Princeton Ballet, and on scholarship at the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts. Details >

 
 

Teachers

Steven Melendez

Steven Melendez

Steven Melendez joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice dancer in 2001. In 2006 he joined Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2007 joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia. Steven returned to New York Theatre Ballet in 2010. Steven is a Van-Lier Fellowship recipient and was a 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee. Details >

 
Krista Nelson

Krista Nelson

Krista Nelson, a Bessie-Award winning dancer, performed throughout the world in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company until its closure in December 2011. Details >

 
Elena Zahlmann

Elena Zahlmann

Elena Zahlmann trained with Elisabeth Carroll at Princeton Ballet, and on scholarship at the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts. Details >