Administration & Production

PHILIP WEST

Managing Director, CAO

Philip joined Ballet Memphis in 2007 following a career in symphony management most recently with the Stockton (Calif.) Symphony Association. Before that, he served as executive director of the Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Symphony, the Traverse (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra, and for the Midland Odessa (Texas) Symphony & Chorale. He served on the League of American Symphony Board of Directors representing small-budget orchestras. Prior to starting his career in arts management, Philip started a recording business that specialized in location recording for symphonies while working full time for the music department at California State University in San Bernardino for 17 years, developing and teaching courses as well as booking and presenting visiting artists. Philip earned a B.A. in drama and an M.A. in media in live performance from California State University in San Bernardino.

Carolyn McCormick

Director of Development  

Carolyn joined Ballet Memphis in 2013. She previously served as the Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis and prior to that, as Manager of Annual Giving and Special Events at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Before entering the non-profit sector in development, she was in the Marketing and Sales Department of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, PA. Carolyn is originally from New Jersey. She and her husband, Scott McCormick, have three children.    

 

Cathy Allen

Patron Services Manager; Executive Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidi Rodeffer

Patron Services Associate

Heidi joined Ballet Memphis in 2016. In her home state of Virginia, she was a dance studio administrator, including serving as the Production Manager at Valley Dance Theatre and most recently the Studio Manager at The Joan Izzo Academy of Dance from 2012 - 2016. She has been an instructor of dance, specializing in contemporary, since 2005 and has won several awards for her choreography. She received a Summer Residential Governor's School Outstanding Educator of the Year Award in 2013. She has danced professionally for DanceBrazil’s director Jelon Vieira, performed at the Kennedy Center, and has been featured in several small contemporary dance companies in Virginia. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shenandoah University in Dance Performance and Choreography. 

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ALLAN KERR

Director of Production

Allan is in his 11th season with Ballet Memphis. He was production supervisor for the Joffrey Ballet from 2007-2010. He has worked for American Repertory Ballet, Dance Connecticut, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Saeko Inchinohe Dance Company, The New York Pops, The Working Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, The Directors Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company,  and the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, among others. He was lighting director for the Soweto Gospel Choir and art director for the film “Dead Broke.” Allan has extensive experience touring with dance companies both in the U.S. and internationally. He has a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and attended the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle in Avignon, France.


Kristen Fisher

Stage Manager / Production Coordinator

Kristen was props master and assistant stage manager for Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Glass Menagerie and The Tempest, and stage manager for Theatre Memphis’ Fiddler on the Roof before joining Ballet Memphis. She also has been a stage manager at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. Kristen has a B.F.A. in stage management from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. This is her fourth season with Ballet Memphis.


BRUCE BUI

Wardrobe Supervisor & Resident Costume Designer

Bruce is is originally from Southern California. This is his 15th season as the wardrobe supervisor and resident costume designer for Ballet Memphis where he has designed costumes for Steven McMahon, Mark Godden, Trey McIntyre, Julia Adam, Jane Comfort, and others. His works can be seen regularly on the stages of The Orpheum and Playhouse on the Square and at numerous other venues around the region and around the nation. He also has worked with companies such as Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Kingsmen Shakespeare, Harid Conservatory, Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Des Moines, among others. In addition, Bruce also has styled commercials for First Tennessee Bank and FedEx.    

Dani Deutschmann

Master Electrician

Dani is originally from Arizona. She has her MFA from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Prior to graduate school she was the Assistant Lighting Coordinator for the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Dani is also a lighting designer and has designed for Dance, Theatre, and Opera. She has worked for Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Maine State Music Theatre. Dani is excited to join the staff of Ballet Memphis.

Gabriela Moros

Wardrobe Assistant