Artists & Collaborators

Kathleen Moore +
Ballet
Kathleen Moore
Kathleen Moore  trained with Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) School.  She graduated from ASFA as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and moved to NY to join ABT II in 1980. Invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to become a member of the corps of ABT in 1982, Ms. Moore was appointed soloist in 1988 and Principal dancer in 1991. Her work included roles across the classical, dramatic, modern and contemporary repertory. Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris and other respected choreographers created roles for her and she was a member of the premiere tour of the White Oak Dance Project under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in 1990. Ms. Moore has appeared in several dance documentaries, the Herbert Ross movie  Dancers, and was interviewed on The Charlie Rose Show. Ms. Moore began teaching for Princeton Ballet School in 1993 as a guest teacher and has worked with ARB since 2006. She is also a member of the ballet faculty at the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University.  Ms. Moore is certified to teach all levels of ballet through the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Kirk Peterson +
Resident Choreographer
Kirk Peterson
Kirk Peterson had a distinguished career for 17 years with American Ballet Theatre as principal dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of ABTII, Ballet Master, Principal Character Artist and as Master Teaching Associate. Peterson was also Artistic Director of the Hartford Ballet for five years. As a choreographer, Peterson has created over 50 ballets including new versions of The Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps. His choreography has been seen with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, San Francisco Opera and The Royal Ballet School. He is a specialist in re-staging the full-length classical repertoire such as Swan LakeThe Sleeping Beauty and Giselle utilizing original choreography and technique. He was nominated for the prestigeous Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow for Othello, created for Alberta Ballet. Peterson was resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet for six years and he is also a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. American Repertory Ballet restaged Peterson’s Glazunov Variations for the 2010-2011 Season and The Eyes That Gently Touch for the 2011-2012 Season. In 2013, Peterson choreographed Tears of the Moon for American Repertory Ballet, fulfilling his long-held desire to create a work to music by Beethoven.
Janessa Cornell Urwin +
Wardrobe Manager
Janessa Cornell Urwin

Originally from Albany, N.Y., Janessa began her career as a ballet dancer, training at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and dancing with the Roxey Ballet Company and as a trainee with American Repertory Ballet. Since transitioning into costuming, she has coordinated wardrobe for many productions including ARB’s Nutcracker, Princeton Ballet School’s Don Quixote and Swan Lake, and other repertory programs.  She served as seasonal Wardrobe Supervisor at the Bucks County Playhouse, working on numerous plays and musicals. She was privileged to work with the original cast of Mothers and Sons, a critically acclaimed drama on Broadway. Janessa’s design work with ARB includes Mary Barton’s Shades of Time, Scarlet Sonata, Kirk Peterson’s Glazunov Variations, and Carmen.

Christopher Chambers +
Lighting Designer

Designs for theater, dance, opera and special events. Dance: Ailey II, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Lustig Dance Theatre, Parsons Dance, Manchester Ballet, Ram Island Dance. Theatre: Cape Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, York Theatre, Curtain Call Inc., Boston College, Montclair State University, University of Hartford, Dramatics NYC, Gallery Players,Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, Resort Players, M+D Productions. A Connecticut native, Chris currently lives in New York City and freelances as a designer and consultant. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut.

Peter C. Cook +
Stage Manager
Peter C. Cook
Peter C. Cook has been stage manager for American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School for many years. He has also worked with the Martha Graham Company and the Phillip Glass Ensemble world tour of KOYAANISQATSI. Off Broadway he was Production Stage Manager for Three Ways Home at the Astor Place Theatre and managed an evening of music, dance and spoken word with Max Roach, Bill T Jones and Toni Morrison at Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun Festival. In addition, Peter is an award winning and widely published photographer.