The lineage of MB professionals is diverse. From faculty who trained with founder Leona Norman…to dancers from around the world who retire from the stage to teach here with us…to actors and musicians…to staff from the worlds of film, fashion, and education…to a board of engaged alumni, parents, and business professionals…all are dedicated to Marin Ballet’s mission of excellent classical ballet training and promoting the art of dance.
We are proud of how our community has come together during
challenging times to connect, support, and create.
Executive Director Eman Isadiar joined Marin Ballet in 2021 with 20 years of leadership experience in the performing arts with particular emphasis on youth education programs. He looks forward to working closely with Artistic Director Cynthia Lucas to chart the path forward into Marin Ballet’s seventh decade.
“It is not only vital to train future artists and educators, but equally important to foster the next generation of audiences and philanthropists to keep the arts community thriving.”
Cynthia Lucas, Artistic Director and MB Alumna trained with founder Leona Norman before embarking on a 26-year career with the National Ballet of Canada. Upon retirement, Ms. Lucas returned home to MB. She has directed two originals works by Julia Adam, created a partnership with the The Balanchine Trust, and ongoing collaborations with numerous visiting choreographers. Her vision for classical ballet training and promoting the art of dance have now expanded to include virtual training platforms and programs.
“The work in the studio is a process of discovery that’s personal for each student at every age. I am inspired by the journey.”
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A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Catherine began her professional career with The National Ballet of Canada under Artistic Director Erik Bruhn. She went on to a successful commercial/film career in Los Angeles that includes five film industry awards as Co-Producer of the dance documentary An Improbable Dream. In 2013, she joined the dance faculty at Arizona School for the Arts and The School of Ballet Arizona and is also a certified yoga instructor. This is Catherine’s third year with Marin Ballet.
Corinne Jonas received her training at Marin Ballet and danced professionally with the Houston Ballet and Diablo Ballet, performing principal and soloist roles in ballets by George Balanchine, classical and contemporary works, and roles created for her. Ms. Jonas worked with esteemed artists such as Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Kenneth Macmillian, Ben Stevenson and Paul Taylor and was featured in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Ms. Jonas directed Berkeley Ballet Theater until joining Marin Ballet’s faculty in 2006.
Julia trained with the National Ballet School in Toronto, and upon graduation in 1983, spent five years with the National Ballet of Canada, and then joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1988, becoming a principal dancer in 1996. Upon retiring from the stage in 2002, Ms. Adam quickly gained recognition as one of the dance world’s rising talents in choreography. Ms. Adam has been featured in Dance Magazine, received the Isadora Duncan Award for Choreography, and currently directs her own dance company.
Jennings has taught at schools and companies in the United States and abroad. She was ballet mistress and company teacher for The Pennsylvania Ballet for 9 years and San Francisco Ballet for four years. Jennings is now a full time repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust and also on staff as a teacher and repetiteur at Marin Ballet.
David Kato trained at Marin Ballet and holds a B.A. in Dance from Dominican University. He danced professionally with Empire State Ballet in New York and has danced as a Guest Artist with many Bay Area companies including Oakland Ballet, Western Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Margaret Wingrove Dance Company. He has taught technique, pas de deux, and boys’ training in schools throughout the Bay Area, and joined the MB faculty in 2003.
Casey Lee Thorne
Dancer, educator, choreographer, and scholar, Casey Thorne trained with American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program, and received her MFA in Dance Studies from Mills College in 2018. Casey is the Artistic Director of Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, a Fulbright Israel Fellow, and served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University 2019-2020. She is thrilled to have served Marin Ballet since 2012.
Stephanie Scarpello received her training at Marin Ballet, studying with Svetlana Afanasieva, Leslie Crockett, and Shannon Bresnahan. She danced with the College of Marin Dance Company, and continued her studies at the University of San Francisco, where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Performing Arts & Social Justice. Mrs. Scarpello joined the Marin Ballet faculty in 2003.
Timothy K. Murphy
Eman Isadiar, Executive Director
Stephanie Taubert, Office Manager & Registrar
Haley Tone, Board Chair
Angie Hisanaga, Vice Chair
Kathryn Hansen, Treasurer
Irina Drazien, Secretary