Ballet Memphis serves Memphis and the greater Mid-South area with performances, education and community engagement, while maintaining a national and international touring schedule. Support from a stellar staff and dedicated, community-focused board ensures that all our programs continue with unwavering high standards.

Gretchen Wollert McLennon

President & CEO

Gretchen Wollert McLennon

Steven McMahon

Artistic Director

Steven McMahon
Gretchen Wollert McLennon

President & CEO

Gretchen Wollert McLennon

A former student of the Ballet Memphis school and dancer in the junior company, Gretchen has been a part of Ballet Memphis since childhood. She led the Ballet Memphis Board of Directors as Chairman from 2014-2017. Most recently the Founder and Principal of DI Studio, Gretchen leverages over 15 years in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.


McLennon spent 10 years at the Hyde Family Foundation as Program Director where she focused on managing the arts and culture, entrepreneurship, and leadership portfolios of the Foundation. In 2009, she was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” list by the Memphis Business Journal.


Gretchen is on the board of several local organizations, including: ArtsMemphis, Slingshot Memphis, Memphis Rock n Soul Museum, and The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. She completed her executive coaching certification at the Teleos Leadership Institute (Philadelphia, PA) in 2018. A native Memphian, Gretchen is a graduate of Northwestern (BA) and Wake Forest (MBA) universities.

Steven McMahon

Artistic Director

Steven McMahon

Steven has created more than a dozen ballets for Ballet Memphis, including his first full-length ballet, Wizard of Oz as well as Soul Selects Her Own Society, Confluence, The Royal We and Peter Pan. His other new ballets for Ballet Memphis include Carnival of the Animals, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. Steven also has choreographed many original works including The Lovely Story of Us, which was performed in Helsinki, Finland, at the International Ballet Competition, and two of his works, Being Here With Other People and Confluence, have been performed at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis. His works also have been performed at Organizacion Para La Artes in Guatemala and at other venues around the nation. His first ballet, What Your Soul Sings, premiered at Ballet Memphis’ Interiorworks. Steven, who is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, is also a dancer with Ballet Memphis and joined after completing his training at The Ailey School in New York City. Read more about Steven...

Bruce Bui

Wardrobe Supervisor & Resident Costume Designer

Bruce Bui

Meredith Duncan

Donor Relations Manager

Meredith Duncan

Kristen Fisher

Stage Manager / Production Coordinator

Kristen Fisher

Sheric Hull

Master Electrician

Sheric Hull

Allan Kerr

Director of Production / Facilities Manager

Allan Kerr

Jenna Lester

School Administrator

Jenna Lester

Carolyn McCormick

Director of Communications & Programs

Carolyn McCormick

Carol Miraglia

Chief Administrative Officer

Carol Miraglia

Samson Mobashar

Chief of Staff

Samson Mobashar

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Ballet Mistress

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Janet Parke

School & Youth Ballet Memphis Director

Janet Parke

Amelia Thompson

Director of Development & Advancement Strategies

Amelia Thompson

Loren Williams

School Instructor

Loren Williams

Pam VanGilder

Pilates Center Manager

Pam VanGilder
Bruce Bui

Wardrobe Supervisor & Resident Costume Designer

Bruce Bui

Bruce is is originally from Southern California. Joining Ballet Memphis in 2000 as the wardrobe supervisor and resident costume designer for Ballet Memphis, 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.

Meredith Duncan

Donor Relations Manager

Meredith Duncan

Meredith was raised in Memphis and is a proud Auburn University graduate. She spent six years working in IT sales in Austin, TX after college before returning to Memphis last spring to be closer to family and give back to her hometown community. Meredith spent nine months working at ALSAC/St. Jude in marketing, and is excited to bring her knowledge of fundraising and love for the arts to Ballet Memphis.

Kristen Fisher

Stage Manager / Production Coordinator

Kristen Fisher

Kristen joined Ballet Memphis in 2012. In Memphis, she has also stage managed for Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Playhouse on the Square, and Theatre Memphis. Prior to moving to Memphis, she was a stage manager for two seasons at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Kristen has a B.F.A. in stage management from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Sheric Hull

Master Electrician

Sheric Hull

Sheric joined Ballet Memphis in 2018. He earned an MFA in stage design/lighting from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, working under Laurel Shoemaker. He was lighting director on a tour of Brain Candy Live, and also worked as lighting technician/crew chief for Theatrical Meeting Services. He has worked on productions for Creede (Colorado) Repertory Theatre, Opera Omaha, Chicago Dancing Festival, among others.

Allan Kerr

Director of Production / Facilities Manager

Allan Kerr

Allan joined Ballet Memphis in 2004. 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.

Jenna Lester

School Administrator

Jenna Lester

Jenna is responsible for all administrative aspects of Ballet Memphis School, from enrollment to tuition collection to helping our students and families. She has a B.A. in theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is originally from Nashville.

Carolyn McCormick

Director of Communications & Programs

Carolyn McCormick

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 nonprofit 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.

Carol Miraglia

Chief Administrative Officer

Carol Miraglia

Carol comes to Ballet Memphis from the executive headquarters of Chi Omega Fraternity, where she served as CFO. At Ballet Memphis, she provides strategic financial and human resource leadership and direction. Previously, Carol was associate director of finance at Harvard Business School and manager, audit and assurance at Deloitte. She has a B.S. degree in accounting from Auburn University.

Samson Mobashar

Chief of Staff

Samson Mobashar

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Ballet Mistress

Julie Marie Niekrasz

Julie trained at the School of Ballet Chicago, as well as at Milwaukee Ballet/Milwaukee Ballet II and summer programs at the School of American Ballet. She joined Ballet Memphis as a Company dancer in 2004 and enjoyed many roles including Hermia in Mark Godden's Midsummer Night's Dream; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Wendy in Peter Pan and the title role in Cinderella, all by Steven McMahon; and in Trey McIntyre's Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry and In Dreams before retiring from the stage in 2018. She also has choreographed several works on Ballet Memphis including Sa Voix, Reminisce and Corps de Fortitude. She also is a certified Dance for Parkinson’s instructor as well as a STOTT PILATES® instructor.

Janet Parke

School & Youth Ballet Memphis Director

Janet Parke

Janet joined Ballet Memphis in 1982 before the founding of the Company. Janet trained at the Fort Wayne Ballet Academy, Texas Christian University and the Atlantic Foundation for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, under the direction of Ruth C. Petrinovic and Brenda Gooden. As Director of Ballet Memphis School, she has developed the syllabus used in all levels of the school which emphasizes a kinesthetic approach to technique and fosters creativity in our student dancers. Over the years, Janet has choreographed dozens of works, including the company’s original Nutcracker, and many short and full-length works for the dancers of Youth Ballet Memphis.

Amelia Thompson

Director of Development & Advancement Strategies

Amelia Thompson

Amelia joined Ballet Memphis in 2017 after serving as assistant director of annual giving at Rhodes College in Memphis as well as at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. She spent three years at Macy’s New York City Buying office at the iconic Herald Square, where she gained experience in merchandise marketing and public relations. Amelia will manage the annual fund for Ballet Memphis as well as help with major gifts. She is a graduate of White Station High School in Memphis and an active alumna of The University of Notre Dame.

Loren Williams

School Instructor

Loren Williams

Pam VanGilder

Pilates Center Manager

Pam VanGilder

Pam has worked in the field of dance and movement education for most of her life. She began teaching STOTT PILATES® in 2000 and is fully certified in all the STOTT PILATES® equipment and mat as well as Injuries and Special Populations. She is passionate about helping others acquire and maintain fit and functional movement through Pilates so they may continue to enjoy a full and active life. As an Instructor Trainer in Reformer and Mat she enjoys imparting her years of experience with new teachers.

Board of Directors

Andrea Bienstock

Chairman, General Counsel, Belz Enterprises

Bert Barnett

Retired, Former President, Prime Automotive Warehouse Inc.

Joan Schadt Biddle

Lead Content Developer, Crisp Results

Eric Clauson

President, Lexington Asset Management

LeeAnne Cox

Attorney, Burch Porter Johnson

​David Edmonds

Sr. Vice President, FedEx Worldwide Services

Brett Grinder

Vice President, Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.

Barbara R. Hyde

President, Hyde Family Foundation

Kassidy Johnson

Sr. Business Communications Partner, First Horizon National Corp.

Monica C. Jones

Sr. VP, Credit Risk Director, First Horizon National Corp.

Faith Kaye

Realtor, Hobson Realtors

Sue Layman Lightman

Owner & Artist, Sue Layman Designs

Maggie Lovell

Instructor, Rhodes College, Department of Business

Eric Mathews

CEO & Founder, Start Co.

Gretchen Wollert McLennon

President & CEO, Ballet Memphis

Nehali Patel

Physician, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Judy Self

Attorney, Private Practice

Shelley Shanaman

Community Volunteer

Catherine Turner

Community Volunteer