Alison Cummins Page (Artistic Director) received her early dance training as a student of the Alabama School of Fine Arts under the direction of Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski. She danced professionally with the Arizona Opera Company while attending the University of Arizona as a dance major. Page then moved to New York City and received a Master of Arts from New York University in Arts and Humanities Education with an emphasis in dance and theatre education. While attending graduate school, Alison worked for Disney Theatrical as the assistant to the dance supervisor of The Lion King on Broadway. Choreography credits include several regional musicals, most notably West Side Story and The Wiz. As the resident choreographer of ACB, she has produced over 10 acclaimed new works since founding the company.
Therese Laeger (Artistic Associate) joined the Cleveland Ballet in 1979 and later returned to Birmingham to work closely with Thor Sutowski and Dame Sonia Arova to help build the Alabama Ballet/Ballet South, performing many solo and principal roles. Following her performance career, Ms. Laeger continued as Ballet Mistress and Assistant to the Artistic Director, helping stage classical and neo-classical works for the Alabama Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet. She has studied pedagogy with director Claude Bessy and Serge Golovine of the Paris Opera Ballet; with London’s Royal Academy of Dance, and with John White in the Vaganova teaching method from Russia. She appears in Who’s Who Among American Women. She was Chair of the Alabama School of Fine Arts from 1997 – 2007, bringing an impressive roster of international teachers and choreographers to the school and establishing many strong programs for the department. Her graduates are dancing in ballet companies throughout America.
Jamie Kilgore (Ballet Mistress) is a founding company member of the AROVA Contemporary Ballet. Jamie has been featured in works by international choreographers, such as Thor Sutowski and Jorden Morris, in AROVA productions of Pointe / Counterpointe, Signature Blend, and Star-Crossed. She began her ballet training under the guidance of Margaret Galloway. Later she continued to train at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) under Dame Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowski and Therese Laeger. As a student, Jamie had the opportunity to work professionally with the Alabama Ballet in productions of the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. She also performed with the Alabama Dance Theatre as a soloist in La Bayadere, Cinderella, and Crystal Edge. She graduated from ASFA with the Prix D’Excellence de Danse Award in 1998 and immediately joined the San Diego Ballet. There she was best known for her role as lead Arabian in the Nutcracker and as a soloist in many of Javier Velasco’s contemporary works. Jamie is an adjunct faculty member of the ASFA Dance Department, and she teaches for ASFA’s Preparatory Dance Program.
David Page (Production Manager/ Lighting Designer) After graduating with his BA in Theatre from La. Tech University, David moved to New York City where he worked on lighting crews for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Disney's The Lion King and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. He is currently the Lighting Designer at WorkPlay and Red Mountain Theatre Company.