Alabama Ballet Company
Meet our artistic staff
Christopher Stuart, originally from Sandy Hook, CT, was first introduced to the Arts by his grandmother, who frequently took him to see performances of all types of ballet and musical theatre. This was where Christopher first fell in love with the stage. He began his formal training with Steve Sirico, Angela D’valda Sirico, Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens, and now with a child of his own, he understands why the arts are so important to enriching our community, especially its children.
associate Artistic Director & resident choreographer
Roger VanFleteren, Associate Artistic Director, is a native of Michigan where he began his training at the age of twelve with Charmaine Shick. VanFleteren is a former American Ballet Theater soloist and also performed as a principal dancer with the London City Ballet. VanFleteren has performed in repertoire by Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and Mikhail Baryshnikov and danced the title role in Agnes De Mille’s last ballet, “The Other”.
Guest rehearsal director
A former Alabama Ballet company dancer, Luiza Boaventura started to study ballet at the age of 7 in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, at Classical School of Uberlândia under the direction of Guiomar Boaventura, and graduated in 2005. From 2010 to 2013 she danced with Dance Alive National Ballet in Florida. She also performed with Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Civic Ballet of Volusia County in 2011, Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, Grupo Mineiro de Dancas Classicas, Brazil, and Classical Ballet of Tampa in 2012, as a Guest artist.
Alabama Ballet Company
Meet our PRODUCTION staff
Wendy Gamble is returning to the Alabama Ballet for her eighteenth season as Costume Director. She also spent an additional five years as Costume Assistant training under Betty Smith. Ms.Gamble assisted in the creation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Donizetti Variations, Tarentella and Serenade. She has also worked in the construction of new costumes for Giselle, Paquita and Swan Lake. Design credits for Ms. Gamble include costumes for Pas de Quatre, La Bayadere; and Roger VanFleteren’s Roson, Shoo-Pah, Bonnie and Clyde, Cinderella, Messin’ with Mozart, Dracula, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Death and the Maiden, Of One Voice, 1 and 5, UnRavelled; and Alice for Alice in Wonderland. She has especially enjoyed the design and construction of the costumes for our productions of Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze, and Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo. Wendy has also created costumes for Germaul Barnes’ In the Folds, Frederick Rocas’ Kali, Teri Weksler’s Bonhomie, Nadine Barton’s Watts and Nerves, JaMorris Rivers’ The Purple Ones and Michael Fothergill’s Laid to Wrest and Chiaroscuro. Along with her work at the Alabama Ballet, Wendy has enjoyed working with Wes Chapman in assisting to costume the wonderful students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and collaborating with Opera Birmingham to costume the students for their production of Hansel and Gretel.
David Page is an award winning Lighting Designer and multi-disciplinary Creative Artist with 20+ years of experience in the theatre and over 80 design credits throughout the course of his career. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Alabama and currently serves as the Stage Electrics Coordinator for the Department of Theatre at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as well as the Production Manager for the Alabama Ballet. His extremely versatile experience includes a unique blend of design, programming, and technical expertise that spans across the country, including regional theatre, summerstock, concert venues, arenas, universities, Off-Broadway, and Broadway productions.
Lately David has channeled his experience into the classroom. He has taught workshops, guest lectures, and full courses at The University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and other schools and non-profits on the subjects of Lighting Design, Principles of Design, Stagecraft, Sound Design, Scenic Design, Production Practicum, and Introduction to Automated Lighting and Programming.
David is a member of IATSE Local 78 and also worked regularly with Local 1 before moving to Birmingham, Alabama where he currently lives with his incredible wife of 17 years and their amazing 9 year old son.
COMPANY & production STAGE MANAGER
Joelle is in her eighteenth season with Alabama Ballet. A Birmingham native, she graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in theatre. While at UAB, Joelle stage managed and performed in numerous productions, and received awards & recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She also works with the Alabama Dance Festival Showcases and has taught stage management at UAB Department of Theatre. Joelle enjoys all the various aspects of her work with Alabama Ballet, and is grateful for the opportunity to rise to new challenges for such a wonderfully gifted company.
MaK Eddins is beginning their first season with Alabama Ballet as the Technical Manager. Unfortunately a Texan, MaK has brought a wealth of expertise and a passion for the arts in major cities all over, from the Lone Star State to the Windy City and in between, working in Scenic & Lighting Design, Props Design, Stage Management and many more technical and artistic positions. MaK has received numerous awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has work that has been seen
in different venues across the country that range from theatre, concerts, operas, showcases, live events, etc. MaK has experience designing and working on multiple productions in regional theatres from Houston, Dallas, and Chicago and has also worked for dance companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Chicago, Visceral Dance, and more.
Along with being the Technical Manager at Alabama Ballet, MaK currently holds the title of Paint Charge Artist at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, along with a certificate in Sensory Inclusion.
When they’re not crafting theatrical wonders, you can find MaK sharing the spotlight with their seven year old feline child or enjoying long, leisurely strolls across the stage.
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