Board of Directors

Tom Drinane (Board Chair)

Tom had two daughters who were active as City Center Ballet dancers between 1998 and 2004. In that time, he came to appreciate the unbelievable opportunity the Company offers to our community by offering performance opportunities to dancers and audiences alike. He serves on the board to help preserve this treasure.


Jonathan Verge (Secretary)

Upper Valley native Jonathan Verge joins the City Center Ballet Board of Directors after building 15 years of performance, producing, and directing experience in London, New York, and Chicago. Jonathan is President and Founding Artistic Director of The Gatherwool Theatre Company at Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT. Jonathan first danced with City Center Ballet as a cymbal doll in Coppélia at age 17 and looks forward to working with fellow City Center Ballet board members to continue to promote the sustainability of the performing arts in New England.


Marc Cohen (Treasurer)

Marc is a founding member of City Center Ballet (1999) and has been the company’s treasurer ever since. He is married to Linda G. Copp, the Artistic Director of the company. Even after all this time, he is still awed and delighted by the dedication and hard work that she, her staff, volunteers, and especially her young adult dancers put into each and every production. Marc is a computer consultant serving small law offices in the Upper Valley.


Bethany Kent

An Upper Valley native, Bethany holds a BA in Communications from Messiah College ('06) and received her MBA in 2015 from Plymouth State University. She is an active member of the worship team at Christ Redeemer Church in Hanover, NH, sings with the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir under Walt Cunningham, and volunteers at the Upper Valley Humane Society. She has been heavily invested in the arts her entire life and looks forward to continuing to grow the performing arts community throughout the Upper Valley with the City Center Ballet.


Susan Lamontagne

Susan started ballet at age 3 and continued to study throughout her professional dance career. When she moved to the area, learned about City Center Ballet, and saw the training and performance opportunity the company offers (knowing how important both are), she decided to become involved on a deeper level. Susan has also been involved with not-for-profit organizations and knows the support they need to stay alive and thriving. She hopes to open new doors and bring the company to more of the Upper Valley.


Elizabeth Lurie

Elizabeth’s daughter currently dances for City Center Ballet, and Elizabeth designs and builds many of the Company’s costumes. She supports the company because it offers unparalleled performance opportunities for her daughter and other young dancers from the Upper Valley. The company puts on a fantastic show, and she enjoys being part of that energy. She hopes her efforts will help the company thrive as an important part of the Upper Valley arts community.


Nancy Simpson

Nancy was a founding member of the Board of City Center Ballet in 1999 when her daughters danced with the company. She is actively involved in her community and is an occasional house manager at the Lebanon Opera House. She has volunteered in many capacities for City Center Ballet.






 


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