Hannah Bradshaw has been a proud member of Ballet Arkansas for the past three seasons. Most recently she danced the title role in Paquita and danced in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie. Hannah began her professional career as an Apprentice with the Oklahoma City Ballet. She went on to be a Trainee with Ballet Met Columbus in Ohio and was chosen to tour with the company to the Detroit Opera House to dance The Nutcracker, as well as being one of two Trainee Swans in Swan Lake with BalletMet and Cincinnati Ballet. Hannah was born in Amarillo, Texas,where she grew up dancing with the Lone Star Ballet. She performed soloist and lead roles in numerous productions with the Pre-Professional Company and taught at the school. She attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Oklahoma City Ballet ,Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and BalletMet Columbus. Hannah also trained at the Landance Conservatory and Ballet Amarillo. She competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in 2006 and 2008, advancing to the New York City final round both years.
Marla Edwards began her classical training with Susan and Buddy Trevino in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating high school in three years, she trained full-time in the level eight program at the Houston Ballet Academy. While in Houston, she performed in many of Houston Ballet’s productions under the direction of Ben Stevenson. After completing the two-year program, Marla accepted a soloist position with Ballet Arkansas under Artistic Director Kirt Hathaway and then Olivier Munoz. During her career at Ballet Arkansas, she performed as Diamond in the Diamond Pas de Trois from Sleeping Beauty, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Marla was known in the region for her roles in contemporary ballets, including Solstice, Wings on Wind, and Left the Building, among many others. Since retirement from Ballet Arkansas, Marla has served as Ballet Mistress for Ballet Arkansas for three seasons, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UALR and has taught at several local studios where she is proud to pass on the tradition of classical ballet. For the past three years she has been serving in the position of Ballet Mistress for Ballet Arkansas. Marla is married to Chad Edwards and together they have three children: Rene 19, Austin 10, and Ella 6.
Deanna Stanton is in her fifth season with Ballet Arkansas. She began dancing in her hometown of Clarksville, Maryland. Deanna credits her early training to Katherine Healy, Valentina Kozlova, Troy D. Brown and Winnette McGovern as well as her time spent at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She graduated with a BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music where she studied under Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry. During this time, she was also a Trainee with Ballet West for two seasons. Since joining Ballet Arkansas, she’s had the opportunity to perform principal or featured roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Jimmy Orrante’sLuminous, Ring of Fire pas de deux from Chris Stuart’s Under The Lights, Ilya Kozadayev’s (e)Motions, Kiyon Gaines’ Obscura and Memoryhaus, Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations, and Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias Act 1 Pas de Deux. In addition to performing, Deanna has choreographed for The Young Choreographer’s Festival, participants of Youth America Grand Prix, and Ballet Arkansas’ Youth Division. She created two full-length ballets, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, for Blackbird Academy of Arts. She wants to extend a special thank you to her husband and family for their continued support!
Artist in Residence, Costumer Designer – William Gordon Henshaw has served as the Resident Costume Designer and Professor of Theatre in the department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas since 2000, teaching costume and make up design, play analysis, theatre of the non western world and women, gender and race in American Theatre. William received his Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Drama from San Diego State University in California in 1996, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Transylvaina University in Lexington, Kentucky. William has designed costumes for Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival in Druant, OK, Mixed Players of Ashland, Oregon, Houston (Texas) Children’s Theatre Festival, Miracle Theatre Productions of San Diego, San Jose’s City Lights and opera productions for San Diego State University, Henderson State University and University of Central Arkansas. He has worked as a costume shop manager for Texas Christian University, and Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth, Texas and Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California. Henshaw has also served as a costume technician at Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, Utah, The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, Oregon, The Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY. He also served as the designer for scenic, lighting and costumes for the world premier of THE SCARTLET LETTER Opera at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas libretto by David Mason and orchestration by Lori Lathium. Henshaw is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology- National Costume Commission and Southwest regional section. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has recognized his designs regionally in Arkansas and California.