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 joined Ballet Memphis in 2004 as a dancer and has created more than 30 works for Ballet Memphis, including his first full-length ballet, Wizard of Oz as well as Soul Selects Her Own Society, Confluence, I Am and Peter Pan. 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 including the Joyce Theater in New York and the Alabama Dance Festival. His first ballet, What Your Soul Sings, premiered at Ballet Memphis’ Interiorworks. He was a 2016 National Arts Strategies Senior Management Institute fellow as well as a fellow in the 2016 Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in Salzburg, Austria. Steven, who is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, joined the Company after completing his training at The Ailey School in New York City. He retired from the stage in 2016.

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

Pam VanGilder

Pilates Center Manager

Pam VanGilder
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

Pam VanGilder

Pilates Center Manager

Pam VanGilder

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

Brett Grinder

Vice President, Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.

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

Shelley Shanaman

Community Volunteer

Catherine Turner

Community Volunteer