Melanie Mooney grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Birmingham while attending the University of Montevallo, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2000, Melanie began her career in the not-for-profit arena, working as a Regional Manager for the national office of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) program, the premier research and education program that develops and teaches cardiovascular care and skills to healthcare providers in cardiovascular science and around the globe. After 4 years in this role, she transitioned into a development role with the American Heart Association as Heart Walk Director for the Birmingham metropolitan area, and later served in two consecutive roles as the executive director for the March of Dimes Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Melanie is delighted to continue her position with the Alabama Ballet, where she can contribute to a local organization that brings remarkable artistic talent to its community. A resident of over 25 years, Melanie now considers Birmingham to be her home, where she lives with her husband, Greg, and their two children, Olivia & Gabriel.
PR & Marketing Manager
Ashlyn, a Birmingham native, has recently joined the Alabama Ballet as the PR & Marketing Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with concentrations in both public relations and broadcast and a minor in leadership from Mississippi State University. She previously worked for Intermark Group as a PR Account Executive and Vulcan Park and Museum as their PR and Marketing Coordinator. Ashlyn, a dancer herself, is excited to be a part of the Alabama Ballet team.
Media and Press Inquiries:
Development & Administrative Assistant
Wendy Gamble is returning to the Alabama Ballet for her ninth season as Costume Director. She began her training in the Alabama Ballet Costume Shop in 2001 and continued as Costume Assistant in 2005. Ms. Gamble assisted in the creation of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Donizetti Variations, Tarentella 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 La Bayadere; Roger VanFleteren’s Cinderella, Messin’ with Mozart, Dracula, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Death and the Maiden, Of One Voice, 1 and 5, UnRavelled; Alice for Alice in Wonderland as well as costumes for Teri Weksler’s Bonhomie and Michael Fothergill’s Laid to Wrest and Chiaroscuro. She has also been responsible for the design and construction of the costumes for Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanza and Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo.
Company Stage Manager
Alabama Ballet School Administrator
Production Director and Lighting Designer
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.
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