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.Meet the Artistic Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel is a State of Oklahoma K-12 Certified educator in Dance, as well as a certified teacher through Dance Masters of
America. For 18 years, Daniel served as Director of Victory Dance, a non-profit dance outreach in Oklahoma City, where he
managed marketing and staff, built curriculum, and choreographed numerous award-winning dances. His students have
gone on to study at some of the most prestigious dance universities in the country, as well as perform professionally with
companies such as Ballet Magnificat!, Oklahoma City Ballet, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Daniel has served as
a judge for various dance competitions, as well as a master class instructor for various groups across the Midwest.
Currently, he is on the roster of Dance Competition Judges with Impact Dance Adjudicators, Tribute National Talent, Mark of
Excellence Talent Competition, and Showbiz National Dance Competitions. In 2007, Daniel served as Lead Consultant for
the development and launch of the Dance Performance degree program at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the help of the marketing team, TBT is able to promote our productions, bring people together and inspire an appreciation for ballet.
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.
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.
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.