Artistic Team

Terrence S. Orr

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Artistic Director
California native Terrence S. Orr trained at San Francisco Ballet, joining the company while in high school and becoming a principal dancer at age 17. He moved to New York where he began a celebrated career at American Ballet Theatre, rising from the corps de ballet to principal; while continuing to perform he also joined ABT’s artistic staff. He staged works for ballet companies around the world, including The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Australian Ballet and National Ballet of Japan. He was appointed ballet master at ABT in 1978, a post he held until his selection as PBT’s artistic director in 1997. Since then, Mr. Orr has expanded the range of PBT’s vocabulary and repertoire, cultivating a dynamic roster of classics and new works. He has added important ballets by Jiří Kylián, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, John Neumeier, Jean-Christophe Maillot and entered the first Jerome Robbins work into the PBT repertory. He has commissioned 18 world premieres by both renowned and emerging choreographers. Mr. Orr’s passion for innovation, excellence and artistry continues to raise PBT’s national and global stature. He is married to Marianna Tcherkassky, former ABT principal ballerina and PBT’s ballet mistress.


Steven Annegarn

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Ballet Master
Mr. Annegarn became ballet master after retiring from PBT as a dancer in 2003. Mr. Annegarn received his advanced training from the Royal Ballet School in London, and toured with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Company before joining the London City Ballet in 1984. He was promoted to principal dancer two years later. A highly-acclaimed performer with both impeccable classical technique and powerful dramatic ability, Mr. Annegarn has also been a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. His repertoire included Swan LakeGiselleRomeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Apolloand Jiri Kylian’s Return to a Strange Land. Mr. Annegarn is married to former PBT Principal Dancer Erin Halloran, and together they are the proud parents of their sons Aiden, Leo and Ronan.

 


Marianna Tcherkassky

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Ballet Mistress
Marianna Tcherkassky was brought up in Kensington, Maryland, and is of Russian and Japanese descent. She began her training with her mother, Lillian Oka Tcherkassky, and continued her studies at Mary Day’s Academy of the Washington School of Ballet and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York. She joined American Ballet Theatre in 1970, and was elevated to principal dancer in 1976. She has been recognized as one of the world’s leading ballerinas, having danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev and was reviewed as “one of the greatest Giselles that American ballet produced” by Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times. Since Miss Tcherkassky’s retirement from the stage in 1996, she has taught extensively, and in 1997 she received a Golden Ring Award honoring artistic excellence from the Asian-American Arts Foundation in San Francisco. On June 11, 1999, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She is married to PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.


Robert Vickrey

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Assistant to the Artistic Director
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Vickrey was trained in Seattle, Denver, New York, and San Francisco before joining the San Francisco Ballet Company. He was the first male student to receive a Ford Foundation Scholarship to that school. He later joined that company, rising to the rank of principal dancer in just a few short years. From there he joined the Joffrey Ballet, and then the Harkness Ballet, touring not only the United States, but the Soviet Union, the Near East, South America, and Japan. He has directed several companies in the United States and for the past fourteen years, he has served as the Artistic Administrator of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as well as Assistant to the Artistic Director. He is also on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and is the Director of the School’s Open Division.


Yoland Collin

Company Pianist
A native of Belgium, Yoland Collin began his musical training at the Académie de Musique in Hannut where he later served as a piano instructor and accompanist. In 1998, Mr. Collin graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège with a Diplôme Supérieur in Piano and Premiers Prix in Chamber Music, Accompaniment, Solfège and Harmony. In 1991, he was awarded Premier Lauréat of the “Concours National du Crédit Communal de Belgique” competition. Mr. Collin relocated to Pittsburgh, his wife’s hometown, and joined the PBT School Staff in November of 1998. In 2003, he was promoted to the position of Company Pianist. Mr. Collin also serves as the Principal Pianist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra.