Cindy Reid

Cindy Reid, Artistic Director

Danced with Ballet Repertory Co. (formerly ABT II) in New York City. Nutcracker at Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago for three seasons. Studied on full scholarship at ABT with Valentina Pereyaslavic, Leon Danilien, Patricia Wilde, also at the Joffrey School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, with Larry Long in Chicago, Ballet Guild and Village School. Guest artist with Robertson Ballet (Binghamton) and Rainbow Arts Dance Co. (Corning). Conducted master classes at Elmira-Corning Ballet Co. and Cedar Arts Center in Corning. Guest adjudicator for Southern Tier Civic Ballet.

Rachel Meyer, Ballet Mistress

Rachel grew up in Ithaca, NY, where she trained at the Ballet Center of Ithaca and Ithaca Ballet. She went on to attend University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she received her BFA in ballet. Throughout her training, Rachel has had the privilege of studying with teachers such as Deirdre Carberry (ABT), Jillana, Maria Calegari (NYCB), and Vivi Flindt (Royal Danish Ballet), among others. She has danced professionally in Ohio and Kentucky, and has previously taught at Bluegrass Youth Ballet. She has guested with the Ithaca Ballet, most notably as Cinderella (Cinderella) and the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker). Having recently returned to Ithaca, Rachel is delighted to be dancing with Ithaca Ballet, and to be teaching at the Ballet Center. Throughout her dancing career, she has always been appreciative of the strong foundation she received as a student at the Ballet Center of Ithaca, and it’s gratifying for her now to be able to share and pass that on as a member of its faculty. Rachel is also a Suzuki violin teacher, a trained life coach, and a visual artist. She is happy to be back in her hometown.

Craig Eagleson

Craig Eagleson, Lighting Designer & Master Electrician

Resident Lighting Designer for the Ithaca Ballet since 1985. BFA in lighting design from the University of Rhode Island (1983). After graduation he worked as Assistant Technical Director at Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence and Technical Director at Brown University. Master Electrician at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut. Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for First Street Playhouse in Ithaca and Technical Director for five seasons at the Hangar Theatre. Electrician for several off-Broadway productions such as Little Shop of Horrors, Jacques Brel, and The Chosen. Craig currently works as Research & Development Engineer at Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed in Ithaca.

Courtney McGuire

Courtney McGuire, Production & Stage Manager

Began working with the Ithaca Ballet in 2004 as a way to give back to the ballet while my daughter, Sarah Olsen, was dancing. I have been an athlete all my life, but being a part of the ballet was never something I thought I would be doing. In the beginning my partner and I would volunteer our time to help backstage with props and sets and over time we have become more permanent fixtures of the Ithaca Ballet crew.

Amy Opperman Cash

Amy Opperman Cash, Marketing Director

A longtime supporter of Ithaca Ballet, Amy is now doing marketing and promotion for the Ithaca Ballet. She brings marketing and publicity experience from her role at Larson Publications, the Preston Thomas Memorial Lecture Series at Cornell, and promotion for the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and numerous arts events in the local area. As a piano teacher and lifelong lover of the arts, she is strongly committed to bringing more attention to arts activities in the Ithaca community. Her daughter was a student and company member of the Ithaca Ballet for several years.

Janet Olsen

Janet Olsen, Properties Manager

Janet’s dedication to the ballet company is evident in the quality and care of all props large and small. What started out as a volunteer position many years ago as a parent’s way to give back to the ballet quickly became a kinship with Alice Reid. Alice appointed Janet to the role of Properties Manager for the Ithaca Ballet. In Alice’s honor, the small props for many of the shows are still kept in the tattered, duct-taped boxes she crafted over many years.

Mike Garrett

Mike Garrett, Technical Director

Mike’s interest in theater began at a young age, but it was not until his junior year of high school he was introduced to technical theater by his roommate. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in animal science, but was most seen in the Schwartz Center’s scene shop, where he began as Stage Carpenter, rising to Lighting Designer and eventually Technical Director for Leonard Bernstein’s Mass in 2009. He also worked as Technical Director for Running to Places Theatre Company, Melodramatics Theatre Company, and Risley Theatre. He currently is the Production Manager for the State Theatre and Technical Director for the Ithaca Ballet.