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.
Lori Laqua
Lori LaquaManaging Director

Lori Laqua joins Smuin following five years as Executive Director at Z Space, where she guided the organization through significant growth in programming and budget. Over the course of her 20 years at ODC, Laqua played a major role in the institution’s transformation. As Managing Director, she also served as project manager for the design and construction of the ODC Dance Commons and the ODC Theater. Laqua holds a Ph.D. (ABD) and a MArch in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Art History from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


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.


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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Deb Glazer has been involved in the dance and the arts for as long as she can remember and has worked with nonprofits for more than 25 years. In her role as Development Director, she loves working with and getting to know Smuin’s generous patrons and donors. She is committed to personalizing each individual’s experience and making them feel as important and appreciated as they are. Deb holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M. Ed. from Harvard University.
Katherine NaumanMarketing Manager
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Katherine Nauman brings over 20 years of experience as a dance artist and administrator to the Smuin team. Katherine served as Rehearsal and Engagement Director for AXIS Dance Company, Director of the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and General Manager for SOULSKIN Dance. Prior to moving to the Bay Area she trained, performed at taught in NYC, where she graduated from The Ailey School. Katherine teaches the Horton Technique for LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of CA.

Alicia Tos
Alicia TosDevelopment Manager
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Alicia Tos, a native of Buffalo, New York, coordinates institutional giving and general development support as Development Manager. Before joining Smuin, she worked at Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Garth Fagan Dance in New York.

Jason Narin
Jason NarinPatron Services Manager
Jason Narin has been working in live entertainment by assisting patrons with their ticketing needs since 2001, most recently with San Francisco Ballet.  Originally from Southern California, he has found a home in the Bay Area after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley and plans to continue to explore his passion for the performing arts.
Ellen Gaintner
Ellen GaintnerSpecial Projects Manager
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Originally from the Bay Area, Ellen Gaintner worked at Nashville Ballet and San Angelo Civic Ballet before joining Smuin as Special Projects Manager.  A classically trained ballet dancer, she was a member of Nashville Ballet 2 from 2008-2010.


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.
Vincent AveryWardrobe Assistant