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Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

World-renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. has served as the Artistic Director for Texas Ballet Theater since 2003. His extraordinary skill and tireless effort has elevated Texas Ballet Theater to international acclaim. A true visionary, Ben’s contributions to the company inspire every performance.

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Vanessa Logan
Executive Director

Vanessa Logan

Executive Director

Vanessa Logan

Executive Director Vanessa Logan brings over 20 years of experience in arts administration to Texas Ballet Theater. Before joining TBT, she was the Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and the Chief of Staff at Boston Ballet, where she supported operations, budgeting, staff management, and event planning.

She is a lifelong advocate for community and education arts programs and is especially committed to building youth engagement in the arts. Vanessa has presented arts administration workshops at the University of Connecticut and Simmons College. She is a proud member of DanceUSA Constituency Committee. Vanessa is an executive volunteer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program based out of Dallas. She is also a volunteer for EDGE – Empowering Dignity in Girls Everywhere. Vanessa attended The Juilliard School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy from Goucher College, Maryland.


Tim O’Keefe
Associate Artistic Director

Tim O’Keefe

Associate Artistic Director

Tim O’Keefe

A native Houstonian, Tim O’Keefe was awarded a scholarship to Houston Ballet Academy in 1981, joined the company one year later, was promoted to Soloist in 1985, and was named Principal Dancer in 1995.

In 1997, Houston Ballet Artistic Director Ben Stevenson created the title role of Dracula for Tim. He has choreographed works for Houston Ballet’s Cullen Contemporary Series and for Houston Ballet Academy, as well as Love Thing and Ragtime Dance for Texas Ballet Theater. This is Tim’s seventeenth season with Texas Ballet Theater.


Li Anlin
Assistant Artistic Director

Li Anlin

Assistant Artistic Director

Li Anlin

Mr. Li was born in Nanjing, China. At age 13, he began training with the Beijing Dance Academy and graduated to the Young Dancers Company where Mr. Li first met and worked with Mr. Stevenson. In 1982, he joined the National Ballet of China as a soloist. In 1985, Mr. Li was invited by Ivan Nagy to join Ballet de Santiago in Chile as a Principal dancer. In 1989, Mr. Stevenson invited Mr. Li to join Houston Ballet as a soloist.

During his 21-year career, Mr. Li performed classical and contemporary pieces all around the world working with many notable figures of the dance world. Mr. Li retired from the stage in 2000 and became Ballet Master at Houston Ballet before coming to Texas Ballet Theater in 2003. Mr. Li has been Assistant Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater since 2005.


Anna Donovan
Principal Rehearsal Director

Anna Donovan

Principal Rehearsal Director

Anna Donovan

A native of Ireland, Anna Donovan won a scholarship to train at the Royal Ballet School in England when she was ten years old. From there she joined the Elmhurst Ballet School. After performing in Kaiserslautern, Germany she joined the Irish National Ballet in 1973 and was rapidly promoted to Principal Dancer.

After 17 years with INB, she joined the staff of Ballet Dallas in 1991, serving as Principal Ballet Mistress/Repetiteur and instructor for the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet. She is included in The Who’s Who of Teachers in America 2000, 2001, and 2005. Anna joined the artistic staff at TBT as Principal Ballet Master in 2000.


Claire Hicks
Director of Development

Claire Hicks

Director of Development

Claire Hicks

Hicks joined Texas Ballet Theater in May, 2019, after serving in development for five years at the Texas Cultural Trust in Austin. As director of development for the Trust, Hicks led fundraising initiatives for the Texas Medal of Arts Awards (TMAA), Texas Women for the Arts (TWA), and Texas Young Masters, raising more than $2.5 million from statewide individuals, corporate sponsors, and foundations. Hicks also managed the statewide arts and arts education campaign, Art Can, securing more than $1.25 million in foundation grants for arts research and advocacy in Texas. Prior to joining the Trust, Hicks performed legislative duties for the Texas House of Representatives during the 83rd Legislature.

Hicks is committed to engaging with her community and is active in the Junior League of Fort Worth, Fort Worth chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a member of Vision Fort Worth and local young professional organizations for the arts. Raised in Fort Worth, Hicks holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University.


Linda Bradford
Director of Accounting and Finance

Linda Bradford

Director of Accounting and Finance

Linda Bradford

After 14 years of banking and for profit experience in Accounting and Treasury Management, Linda began her nonprofit career with a volunteer accounting position with the American Women’s Club of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Upon returning to the states she joined the staff of The Junior League of Fort Worth as the Finance Director and subsequently joined Fort Worth Academy School the Business Manager. Linda has been the Director of Finance at Texas Ballet Theater since February 2016.


Thomas Boyd
Production Director

Thomas Boyd

Production Director

Thomas Boyd

A native of Kansas, Boyd began his theatrical career as a performer in Chicago. He joined Houston Ballet in 1976, becoming its Production Director in 1986. He comes to Texas Ballet Theater with experience producing and directing productions for Houston Ballet and Queensland Ballet.

Boyd’s scenic designs have been presented by companies around the world, including Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of China, Estonia National Ballet and National Ballet of Santiago. This is Boyd’s first season with Texas Ballet Theater.


Executive Staff

From the company’s grand vision to the minor details, our Executive Leadership ensures Texas Ballet Theater operates with the same grace in office as we do on stage.

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.
Artistic Director
justin@texasballet.org
Vanessa Logan
Executive Director
vanessa@texasballet.org
Justin Urso
Manager of Artistic and Production Operations
justin@texasballet.org
Claire Armstrong
Executive Assistant and Board Communications Associate
claire@texasballet.org

Artistic Staff

Under the artistic direction of Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., Texas Ballet Theater boasts a repertoire of creative individuals that lend their talent to our company. Their collaboration allows us to present exceptional pieces, each and every season.

Tim O'Keefe
Associate Artistic Director
Anna Donovan
Principal Rehearsal Director
Li Anlin
Assistant Artistic Director

Development

Every contribution, no matter how small, is impactful. Our Development Team engages with donors to raise funds that further our three priority areas: art, access and education.

Claire Hicks
Director of Development
hicks.claire@texasballet.org
Dallas Guill
Dakota Hart
Events Manager
dakota@texasballet.org
Barbara Reynolds
Development Associate
barbara@texasballet.org
Elizabeth L. Selzer
Major Gift Officer
elizabeth@texasballet.org

Finance and Human Resources

Our team of number crunchers and people people not only bring balance to the TBT organization, but help shape the future for the entire company.

Linda Bradford
Director of Accounting and Finance
linda@texasballet.org
LeAndra Muratagich
Accounts Payable/Receivable Coordinator
leandra@texasballet.org
Renee Seeds
Accounting Manager
renee@texasballet.org

Marketing & Ticketing

With the help of the marketing team, TBT is able to promote our productions, bring people together and inspire an appreciation for ballet.

Denise Smilie
Ticketing and Patron Services Manager
denise@texasballet.org
Mary Ashley Ray
Marketing & Communications Specialist
maryashley@texasballet.org
Lauren Spradling
Ticketing & Patron Services Assistant Manager
lauren@texasballet.org
Gabrielle Dickson
Patron Services Associate
gabrielle@texasballet.org

Production

Producing ballet at TBT is no small feat, which is what makes our production department vital to each show. Our production team works all the magic backstage and is responsible for load-in and strike, venue coordination, managing stage operations and much more.

Thomas Boyd
Production Director
boyd.tom@texasballet.org
Masako Parshall
Wardrobe Manager
Cristian Jimenez & Erin Williamson
Wardrobe Assistants

School

Texas Ballet Theater School trains aspiring students and pre-professionals. Our team of teachers and administrators educate, delight and inspire the next generation of dancers.

Yvonne Leffel
School Administrative Manager
yvonne@texasballet.org
Kathy Warakomsky-Li
Associate Director, Studio Training Company
kathy@texasballet.org
Lyndette Galen
Principal, TBTS Dallas
lyndette@texasballet.org
Leticia Oliveira
Principal, TBTS Fort Worth
leticia@texasballet.org
Kelly Henson
School Coordinator, TBTS Fort Worth
kelly@texasballet.org
Shannon Smith
School Coordinator, TBTS Fort Worth
shannon@texasballet.org
Amy Martin & Lori Vasquez
Assistants, TBTS Fort Worth
Patty Eddins & Alexis Leffel
Assistants, TBTS Dallas
Catherine Roe
Educational Programs Manager
catherine@texasballet.org
Joshua Barr
Educational Programs Coordinator
joshua@texasballet.org

Community Impact

The team behind TBT’s community enrichment programs take ballet off the stage and in to the community, giving more people the opportunity to experience the exhilaration of dance.

Catherine Roe
Educational Programs Manager
catherine@texasballet.org
Joshua Barr
Educational Programs Coordinator
joshua@texasballet.org