Linda MacArthur Miele, Artistic Director
Linda Miele started to dance at age 3 in Boston. At age 11 she moved to New York City to further her studies and joined George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. By age 14, she had become the youngest member accepted by George Balanchine into the New York City Ballet Company.
Mrs. Miele has performed ballet in Paris, Rome, Athens, Venice, Jerusalem, London, Dubrovnik, Tel-Aviv, Florence, Salzburg, and Montreal. Most of her performances, however, were at Lincoln Center at the New York State Theater.
Having worked closely with George Balanchine, Mrs. Miele moves naturally into the area of choreography. She has been appointed a repetiteur
for the Balanchine Trust, which entitles her to choreograph ballet and dance in the master style of George Balanchine. With some 26 ballets to her credit, Linda Miele is Maine’s premiere choreographer.
Gail Csoboth, Associate Director
Gail Csoboth studied classical ballet in New York City at American Ballet Theatre with teachers such as Robert Joffrey -- founder of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Valentina Perejslavic, and Igor Schwetzoff. She became a member of the American Ballet Theatre Choreographer’s Showcase and performed with them in New York.
Ms. Csoboth finished her education in New York City as an art major and received awards and grants for her work.
Ms. Csoboth has designed and staged full length classical ballets for Maine State Ballet for the past 25 years. She has received rave reviews for the costumes and scenic designs for these Maine State Ballet productions. She is also on the dance faculty of Maine State Ballet.
Ms. Csoboth has also been costume designer for the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre and has designed many of the Opera’s productions.
Karla Kelley – Conductor, Maine State Ballet Orchestra
Ms. Kelley founded the Maine State Ballet Orchestra in 1987. She also conducts the Coastal Youth Orchestra in Maine. She is Artistic Director for Ocean Park Association (Ocean Park, Maine). She was assistant conductor of Portland Opera Repertory Theatre and in 1992 assistant conductor of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Her guest conducting appearances include the Sliven Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, Cape Ann Symphony, Columbia University Orchestra and the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Ms. Kelley was awarded her masters of music degree in orchestra conducting from New England Conservatory where her teachers were Carl St. Clair and Pascal Verrot. Kelley has been the pianist for numerous regional opera companies and orchestras as well as for a variety of choruses, chamber ensembles and solo artists in the New England area. She is a staff accompanist at Mass Theatrica, and the Winchester Community Music School. Kelley lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.