Leadership

Leadership

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 79-year history. She began her dance training with …

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Patrick Mühlen-Schulte

Patrick Mühlen-Schulte

Managing Director

Patrick Mühlen-Schulte leads The Washington Ballet’s administration team, with responsibility to successfully manage a budget of more than $15 million annually. Patrick has worked as a senior arts administrator in …

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Artistic

Artistic

Victor Barbee

Victor Barbee

Associate Artistic Director

Victor Barbee was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received his ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet. He joined the …

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Natalie Rouland

Natalie Rouland

Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Natalie Rouland is the Senior Advisor for the Billington Cultural Initiative at the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC. A scholar of Russian literature, culture, and performing arts, Rouland is currently completing …

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Megan Poll, PT, DPT, OCS

Megan Poll, PT, DPT, OCS

Medical Coordinator and Physical Therapist

Sona Kharatian

Sona Kharatian

Rehearsal Assistant

Sona Kharatian is celebrating her 20th season with The Washington Ballet. She has danced with Orlando Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, the Trey McIntyre Project, and Copenhagen International Ballet. She was a …

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Tamás Krizsa

Tamás Krizsa

Rehearsal Assistant

Tamás Krizsa, of Hungary, is in his 13th season with The Washington Ballet. Krizsa graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy with honors in 2002. During his school years, he was …

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Davit Karapetyan

Davit Karapetyan

Guest Répétiteur

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Development

Development

Karen Shepherd

Karen Shepherd

Chief Operating Officer

Karen Shepherd is the Chief Operating Officer for The Washington Ballet.  She has over 20 years of experience in arts management and arts education for both non-profit and for-profit sectors of the …

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Mary Bounds

Mary Bounds

Associate Director of Advancement

Kayla Marcus

Kayla Marcus

Major Gifts Officer

In December 2021, Kayla joined The Washington Ballet as the Major Gifts Officer. A lifelong balletomane, this role combines her passion for ballet with her meaningful experience working on fundraising campaigns …

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Toni Stifano

Toni Stifano

Institutional Advancement Associate

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Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications

Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson

Director of Marketing & Sales

Christopher Anderson is TWB’s Director of Marketing and Sales! He joined the TWB team in August 2021 and has since been instrumental in implementing marketing strategies and campaigns for the company.

Stay tuned: Christopher and the TWB staff have been hard at work on our 2022/23 season.

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Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

Associate Director of Ticketing and Patron Relations

Amber Lucia Chabus

Amber Lucia Chabus

Marketing Manager

Amber Lucia Chabus joined The Washington Ballet Marketing Team in November 2021. Prior to her current role, Amber worked as the Communications Manager at Dance Place in Brookland, D.C. and …

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Billy Griffis

Billy Griffis

Ticket Office Associate

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Karen Shepherd

Karen Shepherd

Chief Operating Officer

Karen Shepherd is the Chief Operating Officer for The Washington Ballet.  She has over 20 years of experience in arts management and arts education for both non-profit and for-profit sectors of the …

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DeMoya Watson Brown

DeMoya Watson Brown

Community Engagement Manager

DeMoya Watson Brown has been instructing and choreographing professionally for over 18 years. She has created and developed programs for summer dance institutes, served as coordinator and artistic director of …

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The Washington School of Ballet

The Washington School of Ballet

Julie Kent

Julie Kent

Artistic Director

Julie Kent became the Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest-serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 79-year history. She began her dance training with …

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Katie Sopoci Drake

Katie Sopoci Drake

General Manager, The Washington School of Ballet

Katie Sopoci Drake is a seasoned administrator and educator with nearly 2 decades of experience in the arts spanning non-profit arts administration, teaching in higher education, and performing. As the …

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Tammy Hurt

Tammy Hurt

School Principal SE Campus

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The Washington School of Ballet - Northwest Campus

The Washington School of Ballet - Northwest Campus

Katie Sopoci Drake

Katie Sopoci Drake

General Manager, The Washington School of Ballet

Katie Sopoci Drake is a seasoned administrator and educator with nearly 2 decades of experience in the arts spanning non-profit arts administration, teaching in higher education, and performing. As the …

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Xiomara Reyes

Xiomara Reyes

Professional Training Division Head

Xiomara Reyes, Head of the Professional Training Division at TWSB, performed as a soloist and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 14 years before retiring from the stage in …

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Kristina Windom

Kristina Windom

Upper Division Head

Kristina Windom trained with Mary Day, Robert Steele, Julio de Bittencourt and Patricia Berrend at The Washington School of Ballet. She was selected for the company, The Washington Ballet, when …

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Pamela Bjerknes

Pamela Bjerknes

Pre-Ballet & Lower Division Head

Pamela Booth Bjerknes, a former member of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), brings extensive teaching, directing, and performing experience to The Washington School of Ballet. Performing classical and contemporary ballets throughout …

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Alexandra Schools

Alexandra Schools

NW School Manager

Alex Schools is a native of the Washington, DC area, where she received her ballet training under Pamela and Michael Bjerknes at American Dance Institute and Patricia Berrend at Berrend …

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Donna Glover

Donna Glover

Summer Intensive Manager

Entering her 18th season with The Washington Ballet, Ms. Glover has transitioned from the leadership position of Director of Operations for The Washington School of Ballet to Summer Intensive Manager …

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Miya Hisaka

Miya Hisaka

TWSB Adult Program Coordinator

With a life commitment to diversity and excellent in concert dance, Miya is a Founder/Producing Artistic Director, teacher, choreographer, arts and diversity advocate, and urban planner. Long time veteran faculty at WSB, since …

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The Washington School of Ballet - Southeast Campus

The Washington School of Ballet - THEARC Campus

Katie Sopoci Drake

Katie Sopoci Drake

General Manager, The Washington School of Ballet

Katie Sopoci Drake is a seasoned administrator and educator with nearly 2 decades of experience in the arts spanning non-profit arts administration, teaching in higher education, and performing. As the …

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Tammy Hurt

Tammy Hurt

School Principal SE Campus

Kayla DeShields

Kayla DeShields

SE Campus School Manager

Kayla DeShields is a native of Woodbridge, VA where she grew up studying liturgical dance in her church beginning at age four and holding positions of leadership within the dance …

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Margaret Williamson

Margaret Williamson

Artistic Administrator

Margaret Giragosian Williamson received her early training at The Washington Ballet, the Maryland Youth Ballet, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During this time, she was also privileged to spend …

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Finance and Administration

Finance and Administration

Claudio Flores

Claudio Flores

Custodial Services

Angela Aguilar

Angela Aguilar

Custodial Services

Patricia Mendoza

Patricia Mendoza

Custodial Services

Jakelin Mendoza

Jakelin Mendoza

Custodial Services

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