Eugene Ballet Company Staff
Toni Pimble, Artistic Director
Resident Choreographer | email
Born in England, Toni studied at Elmhurst Ballet School. Her professional career began in Germany working with notable choreographers such as Lothar Hofgen, Anthony Taylor, Nils Christie and Ottavio Cintolesi. She co-founded the Eugene Ballet Company in 1978 with Riley Grannan and, to date, has choreographed more than 60 works for the Eugene Ballet Company. Many of those productions have involved collaborations with composers, literary and visual artists and local arts organizations including the Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Opera, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, The Shedd Institute for the Arts and the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Under Toni’s leadership, the Eugene Ballet Company has toured to 32 states and internationally to Taiwan and as part of a United States Information Agency (USIA) Tour visiting India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Syria, Jordan and Tunisia. Her creative work has brought her a number of awards and fellowships, including two Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship Grant. Toni’s work has been performed by many ballet companies in the United States including Atlanta Ballet, New York City Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Omaha, Washington Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theater, Ballet NY and Kansas City Ballet.
Executive Director | email
Josh Neckels was named Executive Director of Eugene Ballet in July of 2016 after serving in the positions of Stage Manager, Tour Technical Director, Tour Manager, Finance Manager, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Company Manager and Production Manager for EBC since 1996.
During those initial 19 seasons, Josh was an integral part of the Ballet’s successful collaborations with guest artists such as Curtis Salgado, Emerald City Jazz Kings, the Floydian Slips, and the Nowhere Band, as well as with other local arts groups, Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble, UO School of Music, Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, The Shedd Institute for the Arts, and Chamber Music Amici.
In addition to his work with EBC, Josh has had a significant impact on many of the other local performing arts organizations in Eugene. Serving two seasons as Production and Finance Manager at The Shedd Institute for the Arts, as well as seven summers as the Production Manager for their Oregon Festival of American Music. He spent two seasons as Stage Manager for the Willamette Repertory Theatre, eight seasons working for Eugene Opera as their Production Manager and Bookkeeper, and five summers working as Technical Director and Tour Stage Manager for the Oregon Bach Festival. Josh served as Production Coordinator for the City of Eugene’s Hult Center 25th Anniversary Celebration and the Britt Festival’s Crater Lake Project celebrating the centennial of the National Parks Service.
Josh is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s College of Arts and Sciences. When he’s not at the Ballet he enjoys being a father to three great kids and spending time taking in all that Oregon has to offer.
Associate Artistic Director | email
A native of Long Beach, California, Jennifer is currently in her 22nd season with Eugene Ballet Company. After joining and rising to principal dancer with EBC, she retired in 2012 as dancer and is EBC’s ballet mistress managing training exercises, rehearsals, and touring. Jennifer began studying ballet in southern California under the direction of Patricia Stander. She continued her professional training under full scholarship at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School as a recipient of the Canadian National Award of Excellence. In her capacity as principal dancer with Eugene Ballet Company, some of her favorite lead roles include: Swan Lake, Carmen, Rite of Spring, Two’s Company, Dracula, and Romeo and Juliet. Jennifer’s transition to ballet mistress started in 2008 when she began teaching company class and assisting in the studio in addition to her performance career. In recent years, Jennifer has had the honor of overseeing rehearsals for guest choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Mauricio Wainrot, and Melissa Nolen Bobick, as well as the Company’s existing repertoire. Additionally, she has been entrusted with re-staging some of the Company’s repertoire for Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla, WA, and Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. She enjoys her time guest-teaching around the Northwest and at the Eugene Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive.
Finance Manager | email
A second-generation Eugenean and graduate of the University of Oregon, Christina has managed to combine her concerns for the community and a love of the arts with her bookkeeping skills by working for several nonprofits in the Eugene area, including Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, Lane County Historical Museum, Lane Metro Partnership, Eugene Opera and Eugene Ballet Company. When not keeping the books, she writes them. She’s a published author, director of ShadowSpinners Press, and a member of Wordcrafters In Eugene’s board of directors.
Production Stage Manager | email
This is David’s fifth season working with EBC, and his first in the position of Production Stage Manager. David began as Stage Manager for EBC’s The Nutcracker in 2012, and since then has stage managed Swan Lake, All You Need is Love, Light Rain, and Mowgli-The Jungle Book Ballet. David has a long background in stage management for regional theatre and has had the pleasure of working on several productions with Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, American Players Theatre, and Peninsula Players Theatre. His first love has always been dance and he is delighted to be here in Eugene and to have this opportunity to work on many more ballets.
Public Relations Coordinator | email
Kylie joined EBC in 2015 and is thrilled to be a part of Eugene’s vibrant arts community. Kylie holds a journalism degree from the University of Oregon where she focused on public relations, feature writing, and social media. Her role at EBC primarily consists of performance promotion, media relations, and event planning. Kylie also owns and operates a portrait photography business and helps local businesses develop and execute social media plans.
Development & Education Coordinator | email
Lisa Bostwick joins Eugene Ballet Company this season as the Development and Education Coordinator, having most recently held the position of Ballet Program Director at Dancewave in Brooklyn, NY. Lisa began her ballet training in New York, continued her formal training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and BalletMet, and had the honor of training and performing with the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lisa performed with the Alabama Ballet for seven years and was seen in soloist and principal roles in classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and George Balanchine’s Divertimento #15. Lisa also performed in contemporary and modern works by choreographers including Margi Cole, Craig Patterson, Robert Battle, Johan Renval, and Teri Weksler, director of Birmingham’s resident modern dance company, Southern Danceworks, with which Lisa performed for nine years.
Lisa has taught dance for more than 20 years, including more than a decade of teaching summer dance intensive programs, recently at Eugene Ballet Academy, and across the Northwest. In addition to her years with Dancewave, she directed the opening of the Alabama Ballet School, and was an instructor at Ballet Tech and Brooklyn Ballet. Lisa has also designed curriculum for professional training programs, private high schools, and outreach in the public schools, and served as a representative for dance, education, and program administration at numerous development functions.
Lisa received a B.S in Arts Administration from Butler University with a concentration in dance, and a business minor, graduating with highest honors. She is also a National Science Foundation scholarship recipient, graduating with a degree in environmental studies in 2015.
PROGRAM BOOK SALES
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Board of Directors
EBC Board of Directors: (Front row) Susan Jones, Secretary; Joan Cavan; Sharon Snow; Liz Kramer (Back row) Len Calvert, Vice President; Anne DeLaney, President; Gary LeClair; Brick Lantz; Jerril Nilson (Not pictured) Toni Pimble; Michael Syman-Degler, Treasurer
Co-Founder, Managing Director Emeritus
After a 38-year career with Eugene Ballet Company, Managing Director Riley Grannan retired in July of 2016. Grannan, after co-founding EBC in 1978 with Artistic Director Toni Pimble, performed many roles within the professional company including Dancer, co-Artistic Director, and for the last 25 years, Managing Director.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Grannan began his ballet career studying with Doreen Gilday in Eugene and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of Performing Arts at United States International University in San Diego. Mr. Grannan's professional career took him to Germany, performing with several ballet companies, touring throughout Europe, in leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets by noted choreographers.
In 1978, Mr. Grannan to co-founded the Eugene Ballet Company with Artistic Director Toni Pimble. Since becoming Managing Director in 1987, Mr. Grannan has facilitated the Eugene seasons as well as the domestic and international tours.
As a performer with the Eugene Ballet Company, Mr. Grannan created several roles including Katschei in The Firebird, and the Step Sister in Cinderella, among others.
In 1997, he and Toni Pimble were recipients of the Governor's Arts Award for their work in developing performance and educational programs with the Eugene Ballet Company, the first received by a dance organization in Oregon.
Under Mr. Grannan and Artistic Director Toni Pimble's leadership, Eugene Ballet receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Also, the EBC was the first Oregon company to be chosen to take part in the NEA's Advancement program and was the only ballet company in the nation to participate in the two-month-long, NEA-sponsored "Dance On Tour" programs taking place in rural communities in Arizona and New Mexico. Mr. Grannan helped to facilitate a three year composer in residence for the ballet through Meet The Composer "New Residencies" program.
Mr. Grannan has served on three separate Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) dance touring panels, the National Endowment for the Arts "Creation and Presentation" panel, as well as selection panels for Arts Northwest and the Individual Artist Fellowship and Theatre panels in Oregon and Idaho.