Our Artistic Staff

Molly Buchmann
Molly BuchmannArtistic Director
Molly is co-artistic director of BRBT, co-owner of The Dancers’ Workshop and retired Director of Dance for the LSU Department of Theatre. She has choreographed over 50 musicals for professional, community and university theatres and is currently choreographer-in-residence for Swine Palace.
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Sharon Mathews
Sharon MathewsArtistic Director
Sharon is co-artistic director of BRBT and co-owner of the Dancers’ Workshop. She worked as Dance Director for Baton Rouge High School from 1976 until her retirement in 2014. Ms. Mathews holds a BS and MS in dance from Louisiana State University. The Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance have named her Outstanding Dance Educator in Louisiana.
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Susan Perlis
Susan PerlisBallet Mistress, Associate Director
Susan teaches ballet for Dancers’ Workshop and the LSU Department of Theatre. After early training with Bill Weber, she danced with the Louisville Ballet under the direction of George Skibine and Nels Jorgensen and as a trainee with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She trained at the Joffrey American Ballet Center and holds a BS in ballet from Indianan University.
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Michele Ball
Michele Ball Associate Director
Michele holds a degree in ballet from the University of Utah where she trained in the Checchetti technique. She has danced professionally with Ballet West in Utah and toured the US for two years with the American Festival Ballet, which included performances at the Kennedy Center during the US Bicentennial Celebration. Originally from Pennsylvania, she received her early training at the school of the Pennsylvania Ballet with summer study at American Ballet Theater in NY.
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Rebecca Acosta
Rebecca AcostaAssociate Director
Rebecca teaches ballet at Baton Rouge Magnet High School and at The Dancers’ Workshop. An LSU graduate, she also earned a nursing degree from Our Lady of the Lake College. She has appeared in numerous principal and solo roles with BRBT and studied on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, and on scholarship with the Eglevsky Ballet where she appeared as a demi-soloist in Swan Lake and a soloist in Paquita.
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Jonna Cox
Jonna CoxAssistant Director
Jonna began her ballet training in Corpus Christi, Texas, with Larry and Bettye Roquemore and then Christina Munro. She received a BFA in ballet from Texas Christian University, where she attended on a Nordan Fine Art Scholarship. She danced professionally for the Dayton Ballet, where she performed in Pas de Quatre, Swan Lake, Carmina Burana, and others.
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