Marc Siegel & Pamela Lehan-Siegel

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Artistic Directors Marc Siegel and Pamela Lehan-Siegel founded Dance Theatre of Oregon with the desire to bring to Eugene the expertise and experience gleaned from their years in New York City performing with internationally known dance companies. Both hold master's degrees in dance and choreography and are committed to presenting the highest quality theatrical dance.

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Pamela Lehan-Siegel

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Pamela Lehan-Siegel, who holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.F.A. from the University of Utah, began her professional career performing with Ballet West of Salt Lake City before moving to New York City. There she performed with David Parsons, Pat Catterson and Senta Driver and studied with Ruth Currier, a former leading dancer with Jose Limon. She has taught and choreographed extensively, founding Lehan and Company/Dance in 1986 in New York City. Her choreography has been commissioned by ballet and modern dance companies in New York, New Jersey and Mississippi, and Oregon. She has performed locally as an actress, singer and dancer with the Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene Opera, Eugene Symphony, Eugene Festival of Musical Theatre, Lord Leebrick Theater, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon.

Pamela is also on the Lane Arts Council's Youth Arts roster as an "Artist in the School", teaching in-school residencies and performing and creating educational assemblies such as "Dance in America & the World" and "Dance from Stage to Broadway to Hollywood". She is a full-time instructor at the Eugene School of Ballet and teaches master classes while on tour with DTO. Pamela has created over 25 original works for the DTO.

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Marc Siegel

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Marc Siegel is a recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship in Choreography and received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet in NYC. He holds a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA from UCLA in Choreography. He was a soloist with the Ballet Trockadero ("Trocks") on four international tours, and was a principal dancer with Eugene Ballet and UCLA Dance Company. He has choreographed, taught and accompanied for the Yale University Dancers. His dance accompaniment credits include Yale University, UCLA, New York University, Jose Limon School, Alvin Ailey School, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, UCLA, University of Oregon, and Lane Community College. He is an instructor at Lane Community College and for the Eugene School of Ballet.

Marc has played leading roles such as the Emcee in Cabaret and has choreographed and performed for Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Oregon Festival of American Music and others. He is also an Artist in Education for the Lane Arts Council, and teaches master classes with his wife Pamela Lehan-Siegal while on tour with DTO. Marc has created over 25 new works for the Dance Theatre of Oregon.

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Emily Fisk Russell

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Emily Fisk Russell began ballet trainging at age four with Dorothy Percival and since then has taken classes in various styles of dance from a variety of instructors. in June 1999, she completed her B.A. in Dance at the University of Oregon. Her performance credits include Isadora Duncan's interpretation of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (recreated by Kay Bardsley) and Charles Weidman's Lynchtown (reconstructed by Janet Towner). This is her first season with DTO.

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Kristin Wilson

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Kristin Wilson began dancing at the age of seven with a professional children's contemporary dance theatre in Oklahoma. She has been trained in modern dance, ballet, improvisation and choreography. For over 17 years, Kristin has performed and toured with four modern dance companies throughout the Midwest. She majored in modern dance at the University of Kansas and the University of Oklahoma for 3 years. This is her first season with DTO.

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Darrell Shaft

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Darrell Shaft has participated in various projects in the Eugene dance community over the past eleven years, performing with DTO, San Nicholas and Co., and the EDGE. He has studied jazz, modern, ballet and improvisation. His latest interests include teaching breakdancing to teens and building straw bale and dome structures. This is his ninth year with DTO.

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Eric C. Smith

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Eric C. Smith has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and various other styles of dance. This is his ninth year with Dance Theatre of Oregon and he is now also acting as Assistant Managing Director. Since 1987 he has worked with many other artists and groups, including Pacific Festival Ballet, Oregon Dance, Oslund & Co. and the Jefferson Dancers. Eric has choreographed many works, including a couple of pieces for theater. He has also worked professionally as an actor, musician, model and stand-up comic. He graduated with a degree in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon in June of 1997.

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Sher Alltucker

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This is Sher's tenth season as Costume Designer for Dance Theatre of Oregon. She splits her time between working as a casting director locating voice and on camera talent and designing costumes. She designed the costumes for OFAM's production of Of Thee I Sing. Sher has been performing on stage as an actress, singer and dancer for several years locally and last fall portrayed Kate in the Lord Leebrick Theatre Company's production of Sylvia. "Marc, Pamela and company continue to create exciting new work and costuming challenges with drama, integrity and kindness. I am happy to be a creative part of all they do."

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Sheri Farnsworth

Sheri Farnsworth began her training at Bainbridge Dance Center in Washington State. She continued her study of ballet and modern dance at Cornish College of the Arts and Ballet West. She has performed in venues in Washington, Utah and California. She graduated with a degree in dance performance from UC Irvine in 2000.

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Phil McBeth

Phil McBeth attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where he worked at the Broadway Performance Hall. He has served as Technical Director for Do Jump Movement Theatre's Big Fun in Portland, Venues Stage Manager for Seattle's Fringe Festival, the Eugene Celebration's EWEB Dance Stage, the DTO's Swine Dive Dance Series and several other DTO shows at the Hult Center. He is currently Technical Director for the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis. He has also designed lighting for the Opera Theatre of Corvallis, Oregon Dance and Corvallis Community Theater.

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Kyra Ynez Siegel

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Kyra Ynez Siegel has not yet danced with New York City Ballet, sung with the Metropolitan Opera, performed on "Broadway" as a leading actor, dancer, singer and done major motion pictures with Disney and other major Hollywood studios. Ms. Siegel has yet to model for Cosmopolitan magazine, be elected as the first female president of the U.S. tour with her own band as lead singer around the world, or receive a Kennedy Center Honor. She however can sing several songs from Barney, and Madeline, attends the ballet with Mommy when no babysitter is available, and focuses almost the whole class.

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Willie the White Wonder Dog

Willie the White Wonder Dog, registered with the UKC as "PR Lehan's Willifred of the North" is a purebred American Eskimo born on August 8, 1991 to canine parents Tiny Trapper and Anita. Adopted by the Siegels in September of 1991, Willie began performing at an early age as the "Canine Mop", and has also delved into journalism, his work published in WOW Notes under the alias Willifred Kinsey. As DTO Assistant Rehearsal Director since 1995, Willie is a keen observer, remaining stationed on his pink rug until corrections need to be made. He recently made a cameo appearance at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in DTO's Blueberry Jelly and Jazz Jam as the dog in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "Dog". His interests include hiking, collecting socks, singing to the music of ambulances and fire trucks and playing with "Camo, The Fleece Camel", who he believes is his son. Willie is fond of touring with the company and looks forward to many years with Dance Theatre of Oregon.