Now celebrating its 49th Year, NBT continues to bring the Las Vegas community closer to the art form of dance. With professional Company productions at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, where it is the Resident Ballet Company, an affiliated Ballet and Dance Academy, as well as numerous Community Education programs, NBT is at the heart of Las Vegas’ cultural landscape.

Executive Director & CEO

Beth Barbre

Beth Barbre joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2006. Beth’s efforts to strengthen the company helped pave the way for NBT’s status as Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Under Beth’s leadership, NBT has eliminated its accumulated deficit and now operates with an annual balanced budget. Collaborating with Cirque de Soleil, Beth launched A Choreographers’ Showcase, a unique joint performance of NBT and Cirque artists. For the fall 2012 season, she arranged a first-ever collaboration between three ballet companies to dance George Balanchine’s famed ballet, Jewels.
Beth Barbre joined Nevada Ballet Theatre in 2006. Beth’s efforts to strengthen the company helped pave the way for NBT’s status as Resident Ballet Company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Under Beth’s leadership, NBT has eliminated its accumulated deficit and now operates with an annual balanced budget. Collaborating with Cirque de Soleil, Beth launched A Choreographers’ Showcase, a unique joint performance of NBT and Cirque artists. For the fall 2012 season, she arranged a first-ever collaboration between three ballet companies to dance George Balanchine’s famed ballet, Jewels.

Beth was previously Managing Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She also served five years as Administrator of The George Balanchine Trust in New York City, licensing the works of the 20th Century’s greatest choreographer, and five years as Company Manager of the New York City Ballet, America’s preeminent dance company. Beth earned her B.A. from the University of the South and her M.A. degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University.

Artistic Director

Roy Kaiser

Roy Kaiser began tap dancing at age four and started his professional dance career by age seven. Together with his four brothers, he performed on television and across the United States, including the 1967 World’s Fair in New York. He began his ballet training at age 17 under the guidance of Karen Irvin and earned a scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School and later with the School of Pennsylvania Ballet.
Roy Kaiser began tap dancing at age four and started his professional dance career by age seven. Together with his four brothers, he performed on television and across the United States, including the 1967 World’s Fair in New York. He began his ballet training at age 17 under the guidance of Karen Irvin and earned a scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School and later with the School of Pennsylvania Ballet.

Roy joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 1979. He was eventually promoted to Soloist and Principal Dancer, performing nearly every principal male role in the company’s classical repertoire. He also originated roles in works by such noted choreographers as Peter Martins, Robert Weiss, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Paul Taylor, Choo San Goh, and Christopher d’Amboise. In 1987, while still performing, Roy was appointed assistant ballet master. Upon his retirement from the stage in 1992, he was promoted to the position of Ballet Master. In October 1993, he was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the company under the leadership of Christopher d’Amboise and later succeeded him as artistic director in February 1995.

Under Roy’s direction, the company launched its 1994-1995 Season with a critically-acclaimed appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., returning in 2000 as part of the Balanchine Celebration, which featured six companies highlighting 14 Balanchine works. In August 2005, the company made its international debut under Roy with its 40th anniversary commission of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake at the Edinburgh International Festival. The company also performed at the Sinatra Festival in Portugal and the Meadows Award Ceremony honoring Paul Taylor at Southern Methodist University. And in November 2007, the company enjoyed its return to New York City Center for its first exclusive engagement in 22 years.

In June 2008, the company was invited back to Kennedy Center for Ballet Across America, performing alongside nine other companies from across the nation to showcase the depth and history American ballet. Roy returned to Kennedy Center once again in November 2009 with Pennsylvania Ballet’s critically acclaimed production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, presenting Balanchine’s version of the beloved ballet for the first time ever in Washington, DC. The company debuted that same production internationally in 2011 with a tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. And in 2014, they performed for the first time at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival.

In April 2014, after 19 years, Roy announced he would step down from his position as Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. Over the course of his time at the Company, he successfully enhanced the repertoire with 90 new ballets and 35 world-premiere works.

An active member of the dance community, Roy is often invited as a guest instructor and has served on numerous dance panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Princess Grace Foundation. He also served on the 2002 jury of the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and was a member of the artistic committee for the New York Choreographic Institute. He currently holds the title of Artistic Director Emeritus for Pennsylvania Ballet.

In the fall of 2017, Roy was appointed Artistic Director of the Las Vegas-based Nevada Ballet Theatre following a national search; making him the fourth artistic leader in the Company’s history.

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