Linda MacArthur Miele
Mrs. 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 30 ballets to her credit, Mrs. Miele is Maine's premiere choreographer.
Ms. 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.
Assistant Director, Choreographer
A Maine native and All-State athlete, Mr. Davis brings athleticism to his work as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Favorite MSB roles include Franz in Coppelia, Basilio in Don Quixote, Seigfried in Swan Lake, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Audiences have also seen him perform musical theater at Maine State Music Theatre. His training in the Balanchine style under New York City Ballet’s Linda MacArthur Miele and Adam Luders led him to a love of neoclassical ballet. He has choreographed and staged several ballets with MSB and Florida Ballet. He has also taught at the National Ballet Schools in Norway and Sweden, as well as in the U.K. Mr. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine, and is a certified Maine teacher.
Maine State Ballet's most prolific ballerina, Janet epitomizes the dream of every aspiring young dancer. Audiences have applauded her as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the Firebird in Maine State Ballet's premiere production of The Firebird and many other roles. Equally comfortable teaching tap, jazz and ballet, Janet has choreographed for musical productions and for “Best of Broadway”. An integral part of the artistic staff, Ms. Davis assists with casting, coaching dancers, and staging all of Maine State Ballet's repertoire.
Mr. Bernier is a character artist with the Maine State Ballet. Before joining the Maine State Ballet faculty in 2009, he earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree in Theater from the University of Southern Maine.
Karla Kelley Brenner
Conductor, Maine State Ballet Orchestra
Ms. Kelley Brenner 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 Brenner was awarded her masters of music degree in orchestra conducting from New England Conservatory where her teachers were Carl St. Clair and Pascal Verrot. She 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. Ms. Kelley Brenner lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Office Supervisor: Laurie Reynolds
Company Physical Therapist: David Reese, Falmouth Physical Therapy
Bookkeeper: Cathy Austin, Maine Bookkeeping
Company Photographers: C.C. Church Photography, Janet Davis, Emma Davis, Madeline Miele and Kristen Rollins
Graphic Designer: Jennifer Steele, Steele Design Studios
Company Physician: Michele LaBotz, MD
Merrill Auditorium Production Staff
Technical Director: Dave Herrman
Lighting Director: Plato Skinsacos