Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, after having seen a New York City Ballet performance of George Balanchine’s Coppélia, he began studying ballet at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Boal became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1983, a soloist in 1987, and a principal dancer in 1989. In 2005, he retired from New York City Ballet after a 22-year career with the company. Mr. Boal was also a full-time faculty member at the School of American Ballet from 1997 to 2005. In 2003, he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble.
Among the many ballets in which Mr. Boal was featured at New York City Ballet are George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), and Prodigal Son; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels; and works by William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.
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Otto Neubert became ballet master for Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1992. Mr. Neubert assists the artistic director in rehearsing, teaching, and scheduling the Company, and also rehearses PNB School students in their roles for Nutcracker and other productions.
Mr. Neubert has performed as a guest artist in PNB's The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Prior to joining PNB, he danced as a soloist with New York City Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. Born in Munich, Germany, he received his early training with Alex Ursuliak, ballet master of Stuttgart Ballet and director of the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. Mr. Neubert was also trained at Stuttgart Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and with Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo.
Anne Dabrowski joined PNB as ballet master in 1997. Originally from San Diego, Ms. Dabrowski received her early dance training from California Ballet School. She danced professionally with Hartford Ballet and continued there as company teacher and assistant ballet master and also served as a principal faculty member of the School of the Hartford Ballet. Ms. Dabrowski assists the artistic director in teaching, rehearsing, and scheduling the Company and rehearses PNBS students in their roles for Nutcracker and other PNB ballets.
Mr. Gibson was named assistant ballet master immediately upon retirement from PNB in June 2004. He joined the Company in 1994 as a soloist and was promoted to the rank of principal in 1996. His choreographic work includes ballets for PNB and works for PNB School's Professional Division, as well as works for San Francisco Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet Choreographic Workshop, and Allegheny Ballet Company. Mr. Gibson has also been a participant in the New York Choreographic Institute. Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mr. Gibson began ballet training at Allegheny Ballet Academy and later went to summer programs at the School of American Ballet. He won a scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School and joined that company in 1988, where he rose to the rank of soloist. Mr. Gibson assists the artistic director in teaching, rehearsing, and the scheduling the Company and rehearsing PNBS students in their roles for Company productions.
Norbert Herriges began working in Seattle theater after receiving a degree in Theatre Arts at Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, Oregon. In 1984, he started at ACT as a scenic builder and in 1991 moved to Seattle Repertory Theatre, where he worked for fifteen years as a shop carpenter and later as Scenic Coordinator. In the course of his 28-year career in local theater, Mr. Herriges has worked backstage for PNB in various capacities. Most recently, he coordinated the set construction for PNB’s new production of George Balanchine’s Coppélia. He became Interim Technical Director for PNB in February 2011 and assumed the position of Technical Director in July of 2011. Mr. Herriges oversees and coordinates all technical aspects of PNB’s productions, assisted by an exceptional staff of stage technicians and managers.
Randall G. Chiarelli served as PNB's technical director and lighting designer from 1979-2005. He served as technical director of San Francisco Ballet from 2005-2006 and returned to PNB in November 2006. He created the lighting designs for much of PNB's repertory, including Kent Stowell's Swan Lake, Firebird, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, Cinderella and Carmen, and re-created the lighting designs for PNB's Balanchine repertory. His scenery designs for PNB include Les Biches, Divertimento No. 15, Capricious Night, much of Carmen, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Student and apprentice to pioneer lighting designer Thomas R. Skelton, Mr. Chiarelli is a Seattle native and received painting and sculpture degrees from the University of Washington.
Larae Theige Hascall oversees PNB's Costume and Wardrobe department. Ms. Hascall joined the PNB Costume Shop staff in 1983 and has been Costume Shop Manager since 1987. She and her staff are responsible for all costumes worn by PNB dancers. Ms. Hascall's design credits include Kent Stowell's Quaternary, Duo Fantasy, and Time and Ebb. She has also designed for PNB's guest choreographers, including Lynn Dally (Ruby, My Dear) and Donald Byrd (Capricious Night).
Ms. Hascall has also worked closely with renowned costume designers on PNB productions: Martin Pakledinaz (Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Zirkus Weill), Patricia Zipprodt (Who Cares?), and Theoni V. Aldredge (Carmina Burana and Firebird).
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