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 >

 
 

Choreographers

NYTB combines classic masterpieces with the modern sensibilities of established and up and coming choeographers of today. Works by the following choreographers are featured in current Legends & Visionaries programs.
 

Artistic Staff

Elena Zahlmann

Elena Zahlmann (Associate Artistic Director)

Elena Zahlmann is Principal Dancer and Associate Artistic Director of New York Theatre Ballet. 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 >

 

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 >

 
 

Dancers


 

Guyonn Auriau

Guyonn Auriau

Guyonn Auriau graduated with honors with a national diploma of dance and B.F.A. from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. 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 >

 
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 >

 
Joshua Andino-Nieto

Joshua Andino-Nieto

 Joshua Andino-Nieto, of Spanish decent, was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany. Details >

 
Alexis Branagan

Alexis Branagan

Alexis grew up in New Jersey and began her intensive ballet training with New Jersey Ballet.
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Daniel  Salas

Daniel Salas

 This is Daniel's first season with NYTB. He began his training at the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. Details >

 
Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Rrom Orange County, California, Amanda trained with Charis Moses in Yorba Linda, and at Anaheim Ballet. 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 >

 
Stephen Campanella

Stephen Campanella

Stephen Campanella received his training at Princeton Ballet School and the graduate program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. 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 >