Our Staff

Megan Cottle, Executive Director, joined the Alabama Ballet as Executive Director in October 2011. Growing up with both of her parents working in the non-profit field, she began her career volunteering with various agencies and found her passion working in the arts. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Development and Communications Coordinator at Better Basics, a children’s literacy agency here in Birmingham. In 2008, Megan joined the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as the Foundation and Government Relations Officer. In 2009, she was promoted to Institutional Giving Manager and in 2010, became the Associate Development Director for the ASO. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English from the University of Alabama and received a Master of Public Administration specializing in Non-Profit Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

AJ Roach, Marketing & Public Relations Director

Islara Vazquez, Finance Manager

Stacey Turner, Development and Admin Officer

Libba Owen, Alabama Ballet School Administrator

Ed Zuckerman, Production Director and Lighting Designer, is proud to be associated with the Alabama Ballet. A graduate of Wayne State University Mr. Zuckerman is currently technical director for the Department of Theatre at The University of Alabama- Birmingham. He has also served on the faculties at Bowling Green State University, Auburn University and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His coast-to-coast regional credits include The Palo Alto Players, Peninsula Center Stage, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, East Carolina Summer Theatre, New American Theatre, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and Riverside Theatre.

Atom Bennett, Technical Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Auburn University, and is currently pursuing a 2nd degree in theatre from UAB. He has worked as a carpenter and an electrician, and has done both lighting design and audio design for the UAB Department of Theatre. UAB credits include As You Like It, Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire, Eurydice, & The Rocky Horror Show. He served as Master Carpenter for the construction of The Alabama Ballets Don Quixote, and has worked on numerous Alabama Ballet productions including Jeckyll & Hyde, Giselle, Cinderella, & George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ for the last four years. Atom has also worked as a technician for The Alys Stephens Center, The Wright Center Concert Hall, and The Alabama Theatre.

Joelle Linn, Company Stage Manager, is happy to return to the Alabama Ballet for her 5th Season. She began her work for the ballet as an Assistant Stage Manager during the 2006-2007 season, after graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2006 with a BA in Theater. While at UAB Joelle stage managed numerous productions including The Festival of Ten Minute Plays, Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, Metamorphoses, and The It Girl as well as performing in shows such as The Seagull and The Food Chain. Joelle also stage managed for the 13th Street Ensemble and the UAB Music Department’s production of Mikado and Trouble in Tahiti. In 2003 & 2005, Ms. Tucker was nominated for an Award of Merit for stage management from the South Eastern American College Theater Festival. Most recently, she was the Artistic Director for the Alabama Dance Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Joelle married company dancer Benjamin Linn in August of 2010.

Wendy Gamble, Costume Director, is delighted to return to the Alabama Ballet for her fifth season as Costume Director. She began her training in the Alabama Ballet Costume Shop in 2001 under former Costume Director, Betty Smith, and continued as Costume Assistant in 2005. Ms. Gamble assisted in the creation of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Donizetti Variations and Serenade. She has also worked in the construction of new costumes for Giselle, Paquita and Swan Lake. Design credits for Ms. Gamble include costumes for Roger VanFleteren’s Cinderella, Messin with Mozart, Dracula, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, and Death and the Maiden.

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