Season Program

Company: Spring 2012 Season


May 10 – 12, 2012
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, home of the Philadelphia Theatre Company

Jeanne Ruddy Dance

Company, boards, staff, guest artists, past dancers—all took a final bow!

It was Historic!

Our 12th and final season.
It was a celebration of 12 triumphant years of critically acclaimed world premieres and national tours, brilliantly creative collaborators, amazingly talented dancers—all guided by the strength, dedication, and soul of Jeanne Ruddy. From May 10th - 12th it all came together ... as we transformed our 12th season into the most memorable. And the most historic.

Montage À Trois

Flirtatious Paris 1910. An era of inspiration. Color. Joie de vivre.
Restaged for the theater, MonTage à Trois showcases Elizabeth Osborne’s color and light paintings, Ellen Fishman-Johnson’smultimedia interpretation of Satie and Debussy and Ruddy’s award winning choreography.

Choreography: Jeanne Ruddy
Music: Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky
Paintings: Elizabeth Osborne
Costume Design: Jeffrey Wirsing
Lighting Design: Peter J. Jakubowski
Video Design: Ellen Fishman-Johnson
Performers: Rick Callender, Thayne Alexandra Dibble, Janet Pilla, Gabriellie Revlock, Jerome Stigler, Christine Taylor, Jennifer Yackel

Out of the Mist, Above the Real

Ancient Ireland. A paean to the search for one’s past. Lyrical. Sacred.
Set to Daniel Brewbaker’s Irish Cantata, this piece was choreographed by Ruddy based on Thomas Cole’s The Four Voyages of Life. For one last time Ruddy will perform a section of this piece with the company alongside local artist Brigitta Herrmann, who will revive her role as the mature woman.

Choreography: Jeanne Ruddy
Music: Daniel Brewbaker
Costume Design: Jeffrey Wirsing
Lighting Design: Peter J. Jakubowski
Performers: Zoe Shae Buzby, Sophia Davis, Jeanne Ruddy, Brigitta Herman, Renee Robinson-Buzby, Christine Taylor, Rick Callender, Thayne Alexandra Dibble, Janet Pilla, Kate Rast, Jerome Stigler, Jennifer Yackel

Game Drive

World premier 2012

On Safari. Kenya. Spirited interplay between tourists and animals. Mischievous. Fun. With choreography inspired by Ruddy’s recent trip to Africa, Game Drive is set to the unique and pulsating music of 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, Jennifer Higdon, hailed by The Washington Post as “a savvy sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit.”

Choreography: Jeanne Ruddy
Music: Jennifer Higdon
Costume Design: Jeffrey Wirsing
Lighting Design: Peter J. Jakubowski
Performers: Rick Callender, Thayne Alexandar Dibble, Gabrielle Revlock, Jerome Stigler, Jennifer Yackel

Season Dates:

Thursday, May 10, 7:30pm—Opening Night Performance
Friday, May 11, 8:00pm—Post Performance Talk with Jeanne Ruddy

Jeanne spoke with composers, Daniel Brewbaker, who created the score for Out of the Mist, Above the Real, and Pulitzer Prise-winner, Jennifer Higdon, who created the score for Jeanne’s newest work, Game Drive.

Saturday, May 12, 8:00pm—Final Gala Celebration honoring past and present dancers and our creative collaborators.

Board of Directors

Jeanne Ruddy, Artistic and Executive Director
Gregory G. Gosfield, President
Victor F. Keen, Vice President and Treasurer
Kathryn Keeler, President Emeritus
Barbara Adams
Floss Barber
Millie Lane-Berg
Dr. Robert Wallner

Advisory Board

Mark Dendy
Eugene Lowery
Martha Myers
Igal Perry
Susan Rock
Roslyne Paige Stern
Leslie Stiles
F. Randolph Swartz


Bryan Mutluk: Managing Director
Judy L. Williams: Rental Manager
Matt Sharp: Technical Director
Rachael Glashan: Management Associate
Megan Quinn: Administrative Intern
Kathy J. Voss: Bookkeeper


Nina Zucker & Associates: Press Relations
Caren Goldstein, Concept Factory: Graphic Design
Beth Emmott: Web Design
Bob Emmott: Photography
Lynne Goldstein: Copy Writing
Sue Joseph, CPA, Haefele, Flanagan & Co. p.c: Accountants


Dance/USA Philadelphia
Dolfinger-McMahon Fund
Samuel S. Fels Fund
JMA Custom Builders
Kardon Foundation
Land Services
Lida Foundation
William Penn Foundation
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Suzanne F. Roberts Cultural Development Fund