Photo of Maggie Carey by Chris Hardy

Dear Ballet Patron:

Welcome to the theater as we kick off Season 29 at Smuin Contemporary Ballet. We’re happy you’re here to join us!

Dance Series 1 allows us to continue creative plans that were shelved by the pandemic.

Smuin alum Rex Wheeler’s tribute to American jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, titled Take Five, brings a splash of color and fun to the opening of our program. Wheeler imbues his piece with his own flirtatious wit. Take Five strikes a joyful mood of humor and celebration that highlights both Brubeck’s phrasing and the athleticism of our artists.

We first performed Requiem for a Rose by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa five years ago. Twelve dancers, stylized to represent the roses of a bouquet, dance in contrast to the lone female soloist. Set to the adagio movement of the Quintet in C major by Franz Schubert, Requiem for a Rose is an exceptional example of Lopez Ochoa’s distinct classical and contemporary vocabularies.

Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado contributes a world premiere to our program, created especially for our artists. Sharing his culture and movement with us reaffirms our belief that dance is a universal language that transcends borders. When I met Delgado in Cuba in 2012, I never imagined it would take a decade to realize my dream of exposing our dancers to Delgado’s artistry. The results are mesmerizing.

Thank you for being with us!

Celia Fushille

Artistic Director


With Gratitude

Smuin is grateful to be sponsored in part by San Francisco Grants for the Arts along with:
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Take Five

World Premiere: September 20, 2019

Choreography: Rex Wheeler

Music: Recorded by Dave Brubeck

Costume Design: Kaori Higashiyama

Lighting Design: Michael Oesch

Raised in the hay fields as a young cowboy, Dave Brubeck drew early inspiration from the rhythms and sounds in his daily life. It’s this authenticity, coupled with his sense of humor, that has always drawn me to his music.

When listening to his many hits I always knew there was one company with whom I’d have the most fun creating Take Five – one near and dear to my heart. As we dance this, I hope Michael is watching over us, tapping his feet. Keeping an eye on us to make sure we keep things fun.

– Rex Wheeler

Lead sponsorship of Take Five is generously provided by David Meders

Requiem for a Rose

World Premiere: February 2009, Philadelphia Ballet

Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Music: Franz Schubert

Additional Soundscape: Almar Kok

Costume and Scenic Design: Tatyana Van Walsum

Lighting Design: Tony Tucci

Lighting Adaptation: Michael Oesch

Supporting sponsorship of Requiem for a Rose is generously provided by Harvey Lynch

The Turntable

World Premiere: September 16, 2022

Choreography: Osnel Delgado

Music: Various artists

Costume and Scenic Concept: Osnel Delgado

Lighting Design: Michael Oesch

The world turns while she remains on pause. Static in the center of space, frozen like someone waiting for the perfect companion, who shares
a bolero in reverse, altered, mystical, and unfinished; the melody
of a heart amplified by the austere needle of oblivion.

Away from the eyes, the looks, and the gestures of the others, I slide subtly
in your quest. Through the circles of stillness, I break the inertia of the measures, I rewrite with each step the perfect song of our encounter,
the tired chords of our embrace, and the sublime harmony of our dance.

– Osnel Delgado



Michael Smuin

Artistic Director

Celia Fushille

Managing Director

Lori Laqua

Company Manager & Wardrobe

Jo Ellen Arntz

Ballet Master & Education Program Director

Amy London

Production Director

Kathryn T Graham

Team Members

Alicia Tos  Director of Development

Meagan Mod Senior Development Manager, Individual Giving

Coral Bell • Development Operations Manager

Cassandra Brighter • Marketing Director

Maggie Carey • Digital Marketing Assistant

Claire Buehler • Digital Marketing Assistant

Jason Narin • Finance Associate

Aja De Coudreaux • Patron Services Manager

Ellen Gaintner • Special Projects Manager

Benjamin Warner • Community Engagement Manager

Michael Oesch • Lighting Director

Taylor Ryan Rivers • Technical Director

Kay Park • Sounds & AV Director

Alex Wolfthal • Stage Manager

Vincent Avery • Wardrobe Assistant

Carla Befera & Company • Publicist

Chris Hardy • Photography

Wuthmann Digital • Website


Board of Trustees

Madeleine Boshart  President

Trisha Mount  Vice President

Karen D. Kadushin  Secretary

Hal Louchheim  Treasurer

Lee D. Baxter

Bruce Braden

Robert Challey

Celia Fushille

John Konstin

Linda Membreño, M.D.

John Schlag

Randy Soso

Susie Stitt



Patti Hume  Founding President

Vicki Fleishhacker

Robert Greenwood

Edie Kirkwood

John Murphy

Sue Steinberg

Allie Weissman (In Memoriam)

Artist Profiles

BRANDON ALEXANDER, originally from Houston, Texas, received his training with Lori Amare and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. He has danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Rochester City Ballet, Teater Vanemuine Ballet in Estonia, and Ballet Hagen in Germany. During his career he has danced works by Cayetano Soto, Itzik Galili, Riccardo De Nigris, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Giorgio Madia, Jamey Leverett, and Silas Stubbs among others. Alexander joined Smuin in 2020.

Meet the Artist

TESSA BARBOUR, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, trained at Alwin School of the Dance before studying abroad in Warrington, England on a scholarship awarded to her at the Cecchetti International Competition. She has danced with New Mexico Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, and San Diego Ballet. Her favorite past performances include Man in Black by James Kudelka and Indigo by Stanton Welch. Since joining Smuin in 2016, Barbour has performed works by Val Caniparoli, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Trey McIntyre, Helen Pickett, and Amy Seiwert.

Meet The Artist

IAN BUCHANAN hails from Fairfax, California, where he trained with Dance Theatre Seven. He has danced with Houston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, and Alberta Ballet. Buchanan has performed works by Jiří Kylián, Stanton Welch, Ma Cong, Ben Stevenson, Wen Wei Wang, Aszure Barton, Jean Grand-Maître, Julia Adam, Denise Clarke, and Leiland Charles. Buchanan joined Smuin in 2018.

Meet The Artist

CLAIRE BUEHLER is from Milwaukee, WI and trained at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. She danced with Oklahoma City Ballet’s Studio Company, Nashville Ballet II, and Minnesota Ballet before joining Smuin. Her favorite past performances include Cygnets in Swan Lake and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, as well as contemporary works by Paul Vasterling, Gina Patterson, and Chris Stuart. Since joining Smuin in 2021, Claire has been featured in Excelsis, a new work for Christmas Ballet by Rex Wheeler and in Amy Seiwert’s Been Through Diamonds.

MAGGIE CAREY, of Dayton, Ohio, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance from Butler University, where she performed works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, and Paul Taylor. Upon graduating, Carey performed as a guest artist with the Dayton Ballet. She spent two years with the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, performing works by Victoria Morgan, George Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, and working with choreographers such as Garrett Smith, Nicolo Fonte, and Jennifer Archibald. Carey joined Smuin in 2018.

Meet The Artist

MENGJUN CHEN, a native of Wenzhou, China, trained at the Beijing Dance Academy and Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Beijing Dance Academy, he joined Milwaukee Ballet where he performed major roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Dracula and La Boheme. Chen also performed contemporary works by Matthew Neenan, Gabrielle Lamb, Ma Cong, Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli. In 2014, he was a finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition. Chen joined Smuin in 2015.

Meet The Artist

RICARDO DYER is a native of Panama based out of New York City. In 2011, he graduated from the dance department at The Governors School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. He earned a degree in Dance Performance from Butler University where he performed extensively with Butler Ballet. After graduation, Dyer danced with Elements Contemporary Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet, and Ballet Memphis. Some of his favorite works performed include Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Square Dance, as well as Trey McIntyre’s Memphis. Dyer joined Smuin in 2019.

CASSIDY ISAACSON, originally from Redmond, Washington, trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet before joining Grand Rapids Ballet Company at age 16. Some favorite works performed during her eight years at Grand Rapids Ballet include Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, Penny Saunders’ In Frame and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Written and Forgotten. Isaacson joined Smuin in 2019.

Meet The Artist

TESS LANE trained at South Bay Ballet in Torrance, CA, performing Robert Kelly’s Summertime at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MI. While apprenticing with Sacramento Ballet, she performed works by George Balanchine, Ron Cunningham, and Lila York. Lane joined California Ballet Company in 2013 and was featured in Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as Septime Webre’s Peter Pan, The Great Gatsby, and Fluctuating Hemlines. She also danced in the National Choreographers’ Initiative in 2017 and 2018. Lane joined Smuin in 2018.

Meet The Artist

MARC LAPIERRE began his early training at Ballet Etudes in Norwalk CT under the direction of Nanette Vallas. While at Ballet Etudes he trained closely with Christina Fagundes. He then attended Ballet Academy East in New York City under the direction of Darla Hoover and at age 16, Marc furthered his training at The School of American Ballet. He then went on to dance with Los Angeles Ballet, where he had the pleasure of dancing works by August Bournonville, George Balanchine, Aszure Barton and Alejandro Cerrudo. Two years later he joined Oregon Ballet Theatre as an apprentice and was promoted to the Company corps de ballet in his second season. During his time with OBT, he danced works by Alvin Ailey, Ben Stevenson, Nicolo Fonte, Christopher Stowell, and Trey MyIntyre. LaPierre joined Smuin in 2021.

TEREZ DEAN ORR, originally from Hudson Valley, New York, received her training at the prestigious School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. In 2005, she joined the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, dancing a wide range of contemporary and classical works. Dean Orr joined Smuin in 2008 and has been featured in works by Jiří Kylián, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Adam Hougland, and Michael Smuin. While dancing full time, she received her BA through the Saint Mary’s College LEAP program.

Meet The Artist

LAUREN PSCHIRRER graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and apprenticed at Rochester City Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. While with the Joffrey, she danced works by Sir Frederick Ashton, Michael Pink, and George Balanchine. With Ballet Memphis, Pschirrer performed works by Matthew Neenan and Gabrielle Lamb. She also originated roles during the National Choreographers Initiative in 2015, 2017, and 2018. Pschirrer joined Smuin in 2016, and has performed in works by Val Caniparoli and Helen Pickett, and featured roles in Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open and Falling Up.

Meet The Artist

Alison Ramoran trained at South Bay Ballet (now known as Ballet California) in Torrance, CA, under the instruction of Diane Lauridsen. In 2017 she received the Daily Breeze “Making a Difference Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts” by the California Legislature Assembly at the Torrance Performing Arts Consortium. Upon graduating in 2018, she was given a contract with Oklahoma City Ballet’s second company. She was then promoted to apprentice in 2020, and corps de ballet in 2021. While there, she performed works by August Bournonville & Michael Pink, and was featured in ballets by Septime Webre, Robert Mills, Ryan Nye, Nicolo Fonte, Jerome Robbins, and Jessica Lang. Ramoran joined Smuin in 2022.

Portrait by Shevaun Williams

Photos by Jana Carson and Kate Luber

YURI ROGERS began his training with the Academy of Ballet San Francisco under the direction of Richard Gibson and Zory Karah. He then had the opportunity to continue his training and perform with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Grand Rapids Ballet, and BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. Rogers has performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Leiland Charles, and Edwaard Liang. Rogers joined Smuin in 2021.

JOÃO SAMPAIO trained in classical ballet in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under Ana Palmieri and Romulo Ramos. He has won national and international dance competitions, including the Youth America Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition. Sampaio joined Tulsa Ballet in 2014, where he performed featured roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Nacho Duato’s Remanso, Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table, Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, and Edwaard Liang’s Romeo and Juliet and Age of Innocence. In 2018, he joined Festival Ballet Providence, performing lead roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. Sampaio joined Smuin in 2019.

Portrait by Maggie Carey

Photos by Chris Hardy

Brennan Wall, originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, studied at Los Angeles Ballet Academy. She danced with Silicon Valley Ballet (previously Ballet San Jose) as a trainee before joining The New Ballet’s Studio Company. In 2017, Wall joined Ballet de Monterrey under director José Manuel Carreño. She performed in Luis Serrano’s La Bayadere, Swan Lake, and Don Quijote, and danced soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Alberto Méndez’s Phantom of the Opera, and Diego Landin’s Shorthand of Emotion. Wall joined Smuin in 2019.

Meet The Artist

Osnel Delgado

Osnel Delgado


Osnel Delgado is Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer, and Choreographer of Malpaso Dance Company. He danced with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011. In 2012 he founded Malpaso Dance Company with Fernando Sáez, and Daileidys Carrazana. Malpaso Dance Company has become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso works with top international choreographers while nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. An Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso — together with The Joyce— has commissioned original works from prominent North American choreographers and tours with 11 dancers.

Delgado has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Ja Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando and George Cespedes, among others. He has created works for DCC, Rakatan and Ebony Dance of Cuba. Delgado is a 2003 graduate of the National Dance School of Havana, where he is also a professor of dance studies.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an award-winning and sought-after choreographer that has created new works for more than 70 dance companies around the world such as the Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, among many others.

After a 12-years long dance career, where she danced in various European companies such as the Scapino Ballet, she decides in 2003 to focus her energies solely on choreography. In that same year she is hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote; ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”.

A versatile choreographer, Lopez Ochoa creates within the dance field but also for theatre, opera, musical theatre. Her wide-ranging body of work includes short conceptual pieces, full-length narrative ballets, and dance films.

In 2019, Annabelle became the recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award as well as the program director of the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ballet Summer Course.

This season Annabelle will create her 10th narrative ballet “Coco Chanel, the life of a fashion icon” for the Hong Kong Ballet.

Photo by Julio Cesar Herrera

Rex Wheeler

Rex Wheeler


AKA Lady Camden, is originally from London, England, and trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance. After dancing with Birmingham Royal Ballet as a student, he performed with Slovak National Ballet and Sacramento Ballet before dancing with Smuin from 2015-2018. A San Francisco-based choreographer and a founding member of Capital Dance Project, Wheeler has created works for many organizations across the country including Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, the New York Choreographic Institute, and Smuin Contemporary Ballet.

Photo by Maximillian Tortoriello

Casting for Live Performances 

We will see you at the theater!

Performing Now (casting will be provided before the shows)

October 7-8, 2022: Lesher Center for the Arts,1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek – Click the link to open, view and print casting

Past Performances

September 23-October 2, 2022: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

9/30-10/2 – Click this link to open, view and print week 2 casting.

9/23-25 – Click this link to open, view and print week 1 casting.

September 16-18, 2022: Mountain View Center for the Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

Click this link to open, view and print Mountain View casting.

Music Credits

Take Five

“Theme from Mr. Broadway”

“Unsquare Dance”

“Blue Rondo a la Turk” (Dave Brubeck/Derry Music Company)

“Take Five” (Paul Desmond/Desmond Music Company)

“I‘m in a Dancing Mood” (Al Goodhart/Campbell Connelly Inc, Maurice Siegler/Warner Chappell Music, Al Hoffman/Al Hoffman Songs)

“Perfidia” (Alberto Dominguez and Milton Leeds/APRS)

“Memories of You” (Andy Razaf/Razaf Music and Eubie Blake/Shapiro Bernstein & Co Inc)

Requiem For a Rose

String Quintet in C, D956: Adagio, performed by Alban Berg Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, cellist

The Turntable

“Tashweesh” (Ramallah Underground, arrangement by Kronos Quartet &
Jacob Garchik) from Floodplain, Nonesuch Records, Warner Music Group

“El Sinaloense” (Kronos Quartet, remix by Terrestre) from El Sinaloense Remixes EP, Nonesuch Records, Warner Music Group

“Los pasos perdidos, II: Largo viaje hacia la noche” (Leo Brouwer) from Homo Ludens,Producciones Colibri

“Wayne’s Thang” (Kenny Garrett, arranged & recorded by William Roblejo),

“En las Tinieblas (Bolero)” (Alfredo Gil, arranged and recorded by Miguel de Gonzalo & Aldemaro Romero y Su Orquesta)
from Carnival Con Aldemaro y Sanoja.

Costume Construction

Requiem for a Rose Costumes courtesy of Philadelphia Ballet

Take Five – Kaori Higashiyama

The Turntable – Jo Ellen Arntz, Vincent Avery & Joan Pino

Special Thanks

Richard Binkoff, Frank Ching & Charley Kearns, Ted Helminski, and James Horio

Company Teachers

Sandra Chinn

Robin Dekkers

Celia Fushille

Valerie Harmon

Xiao Liu Moore

Amy London

Rika Onizuka

Amy Seiwert

Julianne Spratlin

Katarina Wester

Company Pianists

Raymond Fabrizio

Donald White

Lynn Inglese

Wellness Team

Lead Physical Therapist

Suzanne Martin DPT and Shirley Kollmann


Stephen Coleman

Devin Wu

Kristina Yotive


John DeRoy

Leonard Stein

Allen Wood

Massage Therapists

Carolyn Hart

Yueming Li

Visiting Physical Therapists

Alyssa Herrera-Set DPT

Aimee Martel DPT

Meaghann Oakes-Rust DPT

Robin Tobias DPT

Orthopedic & Physical Therapy

Dr. Michael Dillingham

Dr. Kevin Stone and the Stone Clinic

Dr. Alicia Knee Center for Sports Medicine

Lisa Giannone Active Care Physical Therapy

Jeffrey Cohen Hilot Therapy

With Our Thanks

Smuin is deeply grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their generosity. It is through their support that we are able to create innovative works and share the beauty of dance. This list acknowledges contributions made between July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022.

We’ve made every effort to ensure that our donor list is accurate. Please contact Alicia Tos, Director of Development, at 415-556-5000 x100 or with corrections.

Your continued support keeps us dancing! Every gift matters. Thank you.

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Gail Hurvitz & Jerry Newton

Gayle Ing

Judy Jackovics

Frances Johnston

Nancy Jones

Carol & Thom Kato

Bill & Patricia K‘Burg

Paul Kitagaki

Marcia Klein

Peter & Ann Knopf

Joseph Lawrence & Rudy Ciuca

David & Julie Lazar

Richard Leask & Barbara Means

Ruth Leibig

Frank L‘Engle

Peggy Lowndes

Donald Lowry & Lynore Tillim

Patricia & Wolfgang Lusse

Ronnie Mannos

Eric Marshall

Shawn Marshall

Coralyn K. McGregor

Kevin G. McHenry

Shareen Merriam

Ms. Susan Wigh Michaud

Mr. & Mrs. Seth Moore-Brown

Beth Morris

Mr. Scott K. Nelson

Leslie W. & Lois G. Partridge, in Memory of Lois Partridge

Stephanie Paula

Ms. Susan C Peters

Chris Pisarra & Gail Giffen

Warren G. & Barbara S. Poole

Brian Ramsey/Ramsey Properties

Robert W. Rankin

Louise D. Roe

Terez Rose

Elizabeth M. Salzer

Lynn Sanford

Cynthia Schroeder

Douglas Schultz

Eileen Sheridan

Ross & Ellen Shimabukuro

Sandy Sill

Linda & Paul Sinsar

Joy Sleizer

Marilyn & Richard Sperling

Jan Spielberger

Valerie Stewart

Dr. & Mrs. Kevin & Susan Stone

Mrs. Blossom Strong

The Kirsch Family

Mr. Charles V Thornton

Mary Tilbury

Lannie Tonti & Lincoln Bynum

Marcia Tos

Sam & Joan Trust

Leon Van Steen

Madhuri Vivit

Dr. Jennifer Wahlsten

Joel & Bonni Weinstein

Alan Wessel & Margarete Leclerc

Whitesell Family Charitable Trust

Ms. Donna Young-Morrison

Tom & Jean Zimmerman

A gift of $150+

Glenn Addleman

Gonzalo Alonso

Drs. Geraldine & Paul F. Alpert


Anonymous (4)

Janet & Frank Arundel

Keith Ball & Diana Morabito

Katrina Barma & Bret Parker

Jaime & Lieselotte Bayan

Marah Brehaut

Ms. Sharon Butler

Brad & Lisa Cantwell

Charles & Deryl Castellano

Paul Churchill

Elsa Cumpton

Judie Denton

Erik & Heather Douglas

Mark Esguerra

Christina Fidler

Norma Jean Galiher

Julie & John Gerth

Maria Gounaris

Anita & Richard Grandpre

Christine & William Green

Carol Haig

Doug Hanlin

Kimiko & Joel Klein

Annette Lipkin

Peter Marra

Dorian & Joseph Martinka

Stepheny McGraw

Joan & Terry Mchenry

G Dirk Meyer

Arnold Miller

Carrie Miller

Deirdre Moore & Peter Arnold

Stephen & Wipawee Morris

Linda Muller

Padmaja Nandigam

Judith Naughton

Mr. Ronald Naventi

Mr. Robert Newcomer

Mrs. Hillevi Null

Jean & Dale Olds

Ms. Jean Olive-Lammers

Paul Ortega

Jean Parmelee

Mrs. Martha C. Parriott

Pamela Pfohl

Mr. Timothy Roach

Drew Robarts

Ms. Laura Robbin

Barbara Schurhoff

Lisa M Schuster

Dr. Chandran Shanmugam

Mr. Boris Shekhter

Mr. Sam Edward Singer

Jane Solomons

Lynne Stietzel

Pat Terman & David Frydenlund

Dillip Thakur

Tobias Physical Therapy

Lilian Wagner

Alice Weigel, in Honor of Jason Narin

Ms. Jennifer Winch

Mr. & Mrs. Richard G. Wollack

Mr. Al Zemsky

In-Kind Donors

Smuin offers heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and businesses for their generous in-kind donations:

Almanac Beer Co

Chronicle Flight

Clement Chen & InterContinental | Clement Monterey

Diane Theodorelos & Cow Hollow /Catering & Concessions

Grgich Hills Estate

John Silva & Culinary Eye Catering

Lily Spruce Events

Mercury News

McCalls Catering & Events

Palo Alto Weekly

Programmatic Online Ads

Richard Binkoff

San Francisco Bay Times

San Francisco Chronicle

SF Gate


Stacy Jed & Bluestem Brasserie

Susie & Britt Stitt

Friends of Smuin

A huge thank you to the following members who serve as Company ambassadors:

Barbara Bessey

Richard Binkoff

Paula Blank

Lorinda Clemens

Alan Crouch

Pamela Rummage Culp

Bill Gregory

Tracy Jaquier

Jacqueline Jacoby

Carol Kaganov

John Lazlo

Debra Leylegian

Sam Leftwich

Susan Lowe

Lynn Luckow

Karen Maguire

Sharon Melodia

Vickie Nelson

Maureen O’Shea

Becky Pringle

Robin Raborn

Suzanne Stroh

Leslie Taglio

Suzanne Taves

Kinman Tong

Lilian Wagner

Lindsay Ward

Karen & Steve Wiel

Monique Yohanan

Legacy Circle

Please consider sharing your passion for innovative, evocative, contemporary ballet with future generations. By naming Smuin as a beneficiary in your estate plans and joining our Legacy Circle, your planned gift transforms your passion into a lasting legacy and investment into Smuin‘s future. We are deeply grateful to the following individuals for their generosity and forethought:


Jan & Dennis Adair

William Bason*

Bruce Braden

James Brennock

Patricia & Richard Campbell

Mary Canning

Marilyn Charm

Clara Degen*

George Doubleday II*

Edmund Eger* & Lynn Spitler

Teren D. Ellison

Trisha Mount & Andrew Etherington

Frederic Freund*

Emily & Russell Fudge

Celia Fushille

Rudolph Glauser*

Beverly & Tom Gorley*

Marguerite E. Griffith*

Milan Milton Holdorf*

Mary Greer & Joie Hubbert*

Diane & Rob Johnson

Karen Kadushin

Carol & Alan Kaganov

Joanna & Danny Kemper

John Lazlo & Robin Raborn

Dr. Richard & Sharonjean Leeds

Cliff Leventhal

Jan Loomis

Kevin McCoy

David Meders

David & Violaine M’Raihi

Heidi Munzinger & John Shott

Deborah Ogden*

William Oman & Larry Crummer

Mary Jo Pace*

AnMarie Roache

Fred Saunders & Charles Kredensor

Dorothy Saxe

Barbara Schurhoff

Hal Segelstat

Ralph D. Sikes

Jeanette Sperry*

Jan Spielberger

Bert & LeAnne Steinberg

Susan & Michael Steinberg

Mike Tully

Lauri Vaughan*

Rosemary Welde