Sara Schumann, Interim Artistic Director

Sara Stewart Schumann was a choreographer, solo dancer, and ballet master with the Lyric Opera of Chicago from 1990 to 2006.  Her choreography for Lyric productions includes: La TraviataFaustMacbethManon LescautRigolettoAttilaI E Capuletti et Montechi, and Un ballo in Maschera.  

Gretchen Bourg, Managing Director

A native of Spooner, Wisconsin, Gretchen Bourg has spent her career in the dance world moving from dancer to teacher to administrative leader, serving as Madison Ballet’s General Manager since September 2011.  Ms. Bourg brings over 15 years of experience as a business manager, community leader, educator and performer to Madison Ballet.

Alissa Bratz

Alissa began her training with Eugene Ballet and Salem City Ballet in Oregon state before moving to Wisconsin in 1988.

Bri George

Bri George began her early training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary for 11 years.

Damien Johnson

Damien Johnson is from Dallas, Texas where he received his training from Kitty Carter, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts.

Kristen Hammer

Kristen Hammer grew up in West Bloomfield, MI where she trained under Mary C. Geiger at Geiger Classical Ballet Academy and its affiliate performance company, Michigan Classic Ballet Company.

Michaela King

Michaela King began her dance training in North Carolina where she was born. She continued ballet with coaching and private instruction in Virginia

Sarah Melli

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Sarah began her ballet training at the Wisconsin School of Ballet with Tibor Zana. At 14, she received a full scholarship to the Milwaukee Ballet and was asked to stay and dance with the company.

Kelanie Murphy

Kelanie Murphy is from Crystal Lake, Illinois, where she began her formal dance training at Judith Svalander School of Ballet.

Shannon Quirk

A California native, Shannon Quirk began her training with Orange County Regional Ballet and continued her studies at University of California, Irvine earning a BFA in Dance Performance.

Annika Reikersdorfer

Annika Reikersdorfer began her ballet training at The School of Madison Ballet in 2005. She continued through the school’s Pre-Professional Division and joined Madison Ballet’s company...

Catherine Rogers

Catherine Rogers began dancing in St. Louis, Missouri where she trained at COCA (Center of Contemporary Arts), and performed the works of Trey McIntyre, Michael Uhtoff, Ellen Costanza, and Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd.

Alyssa Gunsolus

Alyssa Gunsolus graduated with a BS in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She started her formal training with Ms. Jill Kragie in 1996 and with Madison Ballet in 2000 under the direction of W. Earle Smith.

Mia Sanchez

From Chicago, IL, Ms. Sanchez trained at Ballet Chicago under the direction of Dan Duell and Patricia Blair.

Cecilia Monroy

Apprentice - Cecilia Monroy was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and started her training with the School of Madison Ballet at the age of seven.

Mary Elizabeth Bastian

Mary Elizabeth Bastian, a native of Rochester, New York, began her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education and the Rochester City Ballet under artistic director Jamey Leverett. 

Adam Bloodgood

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Adam Bloodgood is has been professionally involved in dance, music, and film since childhood.

Jacob Brooks

Jacob Brooks is a Chicago native who received his training at Chicago Academy for the Arts.