Administrative Staff

Adam Sklute

CEO & Artistic Director, Ballet West

The Elizabeth Solomon CEO Chair

Adam Sklute was named Artistic Director of Ballet West in 2007, and CEO & Artistic Director in 2016. Since 2o07, he has expanded Ballet West’s repertoire, visibility, and overall outlook with exciting company premieres; increased touring and public exposure and greater focus on Ballet West Academy.

In eight years Sklute has presented over fifty-five world/Utah premiers, twenty-three works of which were never before performed by Ballet West by such renowned historical choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Bronislava Nijinska, and Michel Fokine and contemporary masters Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp to name a few. He has commissioned ten world premieres by leading choreographers of today such as Val Caniporoli, Nicolo Fonte, Matthew Neenan, and Helen Pickett. In 2012 Sklute named Nicolo Fonte Resident Choreographer for Ballet West. 

Sklute reintroduced lost elements of BW founder Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker, and produced the reconstruction of Christensen’s 1967 The Firebird. He has conceived and produced critically acclaimed new productions of Swan Lake (2010) and The Sleeping Beauty (2011), and Giselle (2014) and introduced BW’s Family series featuring BWII and Academy dancers. Notably, Sklute developed Ballet West’s wildly successful annual Innovations program, designed to nurture and present new creations by Ballet West Artists and emerging Utah, national, and international choreographers. To date Innovations has introduced an unprecedented 32 world premieres by twelve different BW Artists and nine different up-and-coming outside choreographers. READ MORE

Under Sklute’s leadership BW has toured extensively, appearing three times at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2008 Ballet Across America – Serenade, and two week-long runs of The Nutcracker in 2012 and 2014); a 2013 engagement at Chicago’s famed Auditorium Theater with his The Sleeping Beauty and a mixed repertory program; twice at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival (Les Biches, 2009; Grand Pas Paquita, 2012); and twice at the Chicago Dancing Festival (Serenade 2010; Sinfonietta 2011). In the past five years, the company has also appeared at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in 2011; The Laguna Dance Festival in 2010; Las Vegas with Nevada Ballet Theater in both 2010 (Sinfonietta) and 2012 (Jewels in collaboration with NBT and PNB); and Aspen, CO., New York, NY, Victoria BC and Dallas Texas all during the 2014/15 season.

In 2009, Ballet West graced the cover of Dance Magazine for the first time in 25 years and again was on the cover in 2013. Since 2007, the company has garnered numerous reviews and articles in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dance Magazine, Ballet Review, and Pointe to name a few. In 2012 and 2013 Ballet West was the subject of the BBC Worldwide Production’s docu-drama television series Breaking Pointe which aired on The CW channel.

Sklute conceived Ballet West’s Fusion and Couture in Motion fashion show fundraisers, the Viewpointe panel discussion series, and its Shoe-in project, a collaboration with Utah local artists. He has lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago and Salt Lake Community College and has served on the boards of Chicago’s Dance for Life, Salt Lake Community College, School of the Arts Advisory Board, and the Salt Lake County Cultural Facilities Master Plan Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Board of the Gerald Arpino/Robert Joffrey Foundation. As a finalist judge and international representative for numerous ballet competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix, Los Angeles’ Spotlight Awards, The International Ballet Competition, The Japan Grand Prix, and an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival Association, Sklute was listed as one of the 25 Movers and Shakers of the Utah Arts Scene in 2007. In 2014 he was named one of Utah’s Enlightened 50 and he received the Utah National Guard’s Bronze Minuteman Award for outstanding service to Utah and to the nation.

Passionate about dance education and the development of young dancers, Sklute actively oversees Ballet West’s Academy, teaching regularly and developing and guiding its syllabus and programs with the Academy faculty. Sklute is also a guest teacher and coach for dance programs and workshops worldwide, including Brigham Young University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Berlin State Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet Schools in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, The Southwest Regional Ballet Festival, and The University of Cincinnati, to name a few. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Utah’s Ballet Department. 

A native of Berkeley, California, Sklute began dancing at the age of 16. His early training was at the Oakland Ballet and San Francisco Ballet schools.  After only two years of formal study he joined The Joffrey II Dancers (The Joffrey’s apprentice company). Two years later he was asked to join The Joffrey Ballet. Sklute was one of the last two artists chosen personally by Robert Joffrey.

Throughout his dancing career Sklute performed leading roles by such choreographers as Gerald Arpino, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Agnes DeMille, Robert Joffrey, Kurt Jooss, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Leonide Massine, Jerome Robbins and Paul Taylor.  Along with The Joffrey Ballet, he has performed with New York’s Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Dallas and California’s Diablo Ballet. Sklute’s television credits include The Joffrey Ballet’s “Dance in America” filmings of Vaslav Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and Gerald Arpino’s production of Billboards, the role of The Old Soldier in WTTW’s filming of Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table and Herr Drosselmeyer in the WTTW one-hour special of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker.  In 2003 he assisted with and appeared in Robert Altman’s feature film The Company; and in 2012 he appeared in The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of Dance, a documentary chronicling the history of The Joffrey Ballet, and First Position a documentary about YAGP; He both appeared in and was Creative Consultant for both seasons of the CW channel’s “Breaking Pointe.”

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Michael Andrew Currey

General Manager

Ken Dodson

Chief Operating Officer


Administration and Finance

Felicia Cowan

Director of Human Resources

Summer Wilson

Director of Business Expansion and Company Management

Chris Yoakam

Associate Director of Finance

Sarah Taylor

Assistant Company Manager

Jennifer Bailey

Accounting Manager

Robin L. Holt

Accounts Payable Coordinator

Shazell Ellerbeck

Executive Administrator


Sarah West

Vice President of Development

Bill Schuffenhauer

Development Officer

Laura O’Neill

Manager of Special Events

Jyn Van Putten

Foundation and Government Grants Manager

 Emily Callaway

Development Coordinator

Hannah Bowcutt

Development Associate


Tom Michel

Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs

Joshua Jones

Associate Director of Press and Social Media

Sara M. K. Neal

Associate Director of Marketing

Lisa Jensen

Retail Sales & Boutique Manager

Robert Salvation

Graphic Designer

Marissa Hodges

Marketing Coordinator

Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy

Peter LeBreton Merz

Ballet West Academy Director

Nadia Pavlenko

Principal, Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy

Jennie Creer-King

Principal, Thanksgiving Point Campus

Cati Snarr 

Principal, Park City Campus

Trish Ryland

Academy Administrator

Lisa Hoyt

Academy Administrator, Trolley Square Campus

Sandy Flury

Academy Administrator, Park City Campus

Mikyla Arrington

Office Manager, Thanksgiving Point Campus

Allison Phillips Biehn

Registrar, Park City Campus

Melissa Scheetz

Parent and Student Services Coordinator, Salt Lake City Campus


Education and Outreach

Peter Christie

Director of Education and Outreach

Dana Rossi

Assistant Director, I CAN DO

Temria Airmet

Educator, I CAN DO

Leigh Cornu

Educator, I CAN DO

Ashley Creek

Educator, I CAN DO

Lauren Devall

Educator, I CAN DO

Jennifer Heighton

Educator, I CAN DO

Stacia Hullinger-Barton

Educator, I CAN DO

Lisa Johnson

Educator, I CAN DO

Anne Marie Smith

Educator, I CAN DO

Natalie Whitney

Educator, I CAN DO

Ticketing and Subscriber Services

Jack E Stahl

Manager of Technology and Ticketing

Jane Harris

Lead Patron Advisor

Hannah Bowcutt

Patron Advisor

Amy Falls

Patron Advisor

W. Powell Smith

Patron Advisor


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