Taghavie-Moghadam, Mariah - Richmond Ballet
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Mariah Taghavie-Moghadam

School Administrator

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA // Joined: 2019

Mariah Taghavie-Moghadam received her BA in Theatre, with Concentrations in Communications & English, from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2017 and her MFA in Pedagogy & Dramatic Literature, with an Emphasis in Dramaturgy, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. She has served as an adjudicator for potential Theatre BFA students as well as an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts. Mariah has served as a guest lecturer and speaker at a variety of conferences, speaking on such topics as "Black Town and White Town: Building a Community through Collaboration/A Dramaturgical Approach" and “Keeping the Conversation Going: Connecting Theatre Arts to Social Justice."

What is your favorite aspect of working at Richmond Ballet?
Richmond Ballet has a welcoming community, who truly care for the craft and the people who help bring it to life.

What is your favorite aspect of living in Richmond?
Richmond’s diverse and artistic community is like no where else in the state.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I cannot help but keep doing something artistic to stimulate my mind.

School of

Richmond Ballet

FACULTY  /   ADMINISTRATION  /   MUSICIANS

Faculty

The Faculty of The School of Richmond Ballet is comprised of knowledgeable instructors who share a mutual love for dance and teaching. While performing is considered the pinnacle of dance, the unseen practice and hard work in the classroom is where students spend most of their time. And under the guidance of a dedicated teacher, they’re able to reach their fullest potential.

Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & School Director
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
Associate School Director, Training Divisions
Lauren Fagone
Lauren Fagone
Adult Division Coordinator
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Children's & Lower Division Coordinator
Cecile Tuzli
Cecile Tuzii
Ensembles Coordinator
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Ballet Birthday Party Coordinator
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Richmond Ballet II Director and Ballet Master
Elena Bello
Faculty
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE & BALLET MASTER
Paul Dandridge
Paul Dandridge
Faculty
Starrene Foster
Starrene Foster
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
BALLET MASTER
Susan Israel Massey
Susan Israel Massey
Faculty
Fernando Sabino
Fernando Sabino
Faculty
Deanna Seay
Deanna Seay
Faculty
Katherine Smothers headshot, Associate School Director, Community Engagement.
Katherine Smothers
Faculty
Ira White
Ira White
Faculty

Administration

The Administration of the School of Richmond Ballet is made up of a highly organized, devoted team. On any given day, they know what’s happening at the School and help keep our multitude of classes, programs, and special events running smoothly.

Susan Collet
Susan Collet
School Business Director
Monica Ross
SRB Administrative Assistant/RB Receptionist

Musicians

The Musicians at the School of Richmond Ballet are a valuable asset in creating a unique and joyful class experience. In keeping with tradition, our ballet and modern classes are accompanied by live music – a true gift to instructors and students alike.

Portrait of Rachel Shimkus
Rachel Shimkus
School Music Administrator
Sharon Berg
Accompanist
Judy Bice
Accompanist
Portrait Blanton Bradley, MInds In Motion Music Supervisor.
Blanton Bradley
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Douglas-Jayd Burn
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
Accompanist
Shellie Johnson
Accompanist
Ken Myers
Ken Myers
Accompanist
Joy Price\
Joy W. Price
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Dave Robbins
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Jim Smithson
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Keith Tan
Accompanist
Binyan Xu
Accompanist

FACULTY

 Faculty

The Faculty of The School of Richmond Ballet is comprised of knowledgeable instructors who share a mutual love for dance and teaching. While performing is considered the pinnacle of dance, the unseen practice and hard work in the classroom is where students spend most of their time. And under the guidance of a dedicated teacher, they’re able to reach their fullest potential.

Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & School Director
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
Associate School Director, Training Divisions
Lauren Fagone
Lauren Fagone
Adult Division Coordinator
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Children's & Lower Division Coordinator
Cecile Tuzli
Cecile Tuzii
Ensembles Coordinator
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Ballet Birthday Party Coordinator
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Richmond Ballet II Director and Ballet Master
Elena Bello
Faculty
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE & BALLET MASTER
Paul Dandridge
Paul Dandridge
Faculty
Starrene Foster
Starrene Foster
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
BALLET MASTER
Susan Israel Massey
Susan Israel Massey
Faculty
Fernando Sabino
Fernando Sabino
Faculty
Deanna Seay
Deanna Seay
Faculty
Katherine Smothers headshot, Associate School Director, Community Engagement.
Katherine Smothers
Faculty
Ira White
Ira White
Faculty

ADMINISTRATION

 Administration

The Administration of the School of Richmond Ballet is made up of a highly organized, devoted team. On any given day, they know what’s happening at the School and help keep our multitude of classes, programs, and special events running smoothly.

Monica Ross
SRB Administrative Assistant/RB Receptionist
Susan Collet
Susan Collet
School Business Director

MUSICIANS

 Musicians

The Musicians at the School of Richmond Ballet are a valuable asset in creating a unique and joyful class experience. In keeping with tradition, our ballet and modern classes are accompanied by live music – a true gift to instructors and students alike.

Portrait of Rachel Shimkus
Rachel Shimkus
School Music Administrator
Sharon Berg
Accompanist
Judy Bice
Accompanist
Portrait Blanton Bradley, MInds In Motion Music Supervisor.
Blanton Bradley
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Douglas-Jayd Burn
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
Accompanist
Shellie Johnson
Accompanist
Ken Myers
Ken Myers
Accompanist
Joy Price\
Joy W. Price
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Dave Robbins
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Jim Smithson
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Keith Tan
Accompanist
Binyan Xu
Accompanist