Leadership

Celia Fushille
Celia FushilleArtistic Director
As Artistic Director since 2007, Celia Fushille has been leading the artistic vision of the Company and increasing its reputation as San Francisco’s premier contemporary American ballet company. A founding member of Smuin Ballet and its principal dancer for more than 12 years, Fushille worked closely with founder, Michael Smuin. In a performing career spanning 25 years, she appeared on stages in the U.S. and Europe, on television and in film. As Artistic Director, she has expanded the repertoire of the company by commissioning 13 premieres and adding the work of renowned choreographers while maintaining Smuin’s legacy. From 2008-2014 Fushille also served as Executive Director of the Company.

She has also been part of the national discussion addressing the dearth of female leaders among U.S. dance companies and participated in the Glass Slipper Ceiling Symposium, a national panel moderated by Anna Kisselgoff, former dance critic of The New York Times.

Rhonda Grossman
Rhonda GrossmanManaging Director
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In her role as Managing Director, Rhonda Grossman oversees the business operations, focusing on the Company’s long-term vision and day-to-day activities. With more than 20 years of experience guiding creative organizations towards successful outcomes, Grossman uses a pragmatic approach to advancing the Company’s financial and strategic position. Prior to Smuin, she held a senior position at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (formerly The Judah L. Magnes Museum). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco’s School of Management and an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School of San Francisco.

Artistic

Amy London
Amy LondonBallet Master
Amy London received her training in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Karen Alwin and Shauna Bereska. She danced with Hartford Ballet, Diablo Ballet, and Smuin Ballet. Her favorite Smuin roles included: Eternal Idol, Q.a.V. and Hearts Suite. She has served on faculty for schools throughout the Bay Area and as Artistic Coordinator at Marin Ballet, where she has choreographed more than 20 works. As Smuin’s Ballet Master, she enjoys preserving Michael Smuin’s legacy, as well as collaborating with and being the caretaker of the works of Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Helen Pickett, Adam Hougland, Choo-San Goh, and Jiří Kylián.
Amy Seiwert
Amy SeiwertChoreographer in Residence
Amy Seiwert had the honor of working with her mentor Michael Smuin for eight of her nine years as a dancer with Smuin. As a choreographer, her collaborations with artists of other disciplines and commitment to experimental work from a classical base make her a unique voice in the Bay Area dance community. As Rita Felciano wrote in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “She quite possibly is the Bay Area’s most original dance thinker, taking what some consider a dead language and using it as a 21st century lingo to tell us something about who we are.” She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, was honored with a “Goldie” award from the Guardian, and was named a “Hot 20 Under 40” by 7×7 Magazine. She received an IZZIE award for Outstanding Choreography in 2016, and her choreography has been listed three times in the “Top 10” dance events of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Twice she has worked with dancers from the New York City Ballet, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins. She also serves as the Artistic Director of Amy Seiwert’s Imagery. www.amyseiwert.com

Administrative

JoEllen Arntz
JoEllen ArntzCompany Manager
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Jo Ellen Arntz moved to San Francisco after receiving her BFA in dance from Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska). She danced with San Francisco Ballet from 1981-1991 and has been teaching dance in the Bay Area since 1977, recently celebrating 20 years on faculty at Marin Dance Theater. She began at Smuin as Wardrobe Supervisor in 1996 and became Company Manager shortly thereafter. Working with Michael Smuin at San Francisco Ballet and later his own company prepared her for the multiple hats she wears in the organization today.
Deb Glazer
Deb GlazerDevelopment Director
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Ellie GanelinMarketing Manager
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Leslie IrwinCommunications Manager
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Eva FaiziPatron Services Manager
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Colleen BialasPatron Services & Administrative Associate
Alicia TosDevelopment Associate
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Production

Kathryn T. Graham
Kathryn T. GrahamProduction Director & Stage Manager
KT Graham joined Smuin Ballet in 1997 after working as Production Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for Lewitzky Dance Company in Los Angeles, as well as Technical & Lighting Director for Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. with whom she toured extensively both nationally and internationally. She also engages in freelance projects and has particularly enjoyed serving as Production Stage Manager for Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Dances from the Heart benefits for The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, and for the National Dance USA showcase in 2012.
Michael OeschLighting Director
Michael Oesch is a lighting designer for dance, theatre, opera, musicals, and film. Since joining Smuin Ballet in 2004, he has designed the lighting for world premieres including The Christmas Ballet, Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, Oh, Inverted World, Fly Me to the Moon, Bluegrass/Slyde, Symphony of Psalms, Jazzin’, Through, Obrigado Brazil, Schubert Scherzo, and Been Through Diamonds, among others. He has also designed lighting for other companies in the Bay Area including The Magic Theatre, SF Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, 13th Floor Dance, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Trinity Lyric Opera, the West Wave Dance Festival, the Douglas Morrison Theatre, El Teatro Campesino, Theatre Artaud, Solano College Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theatre Company and New Conservatory Theatre Center. His lighting designs have been repeatedly nominated for Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.
Candice MoenichTechnical Director & Assistant Stage Manager
Keagan ChippSound Director
Vincent AveryWardrobe Assistant