Production Faculty & Staff

Cole Adams

Cole Adams

Associate Professor Lecturer, Production Director and Lighting Design –   B.F.A. Utah State University. Cole serves as the Production Director and Lighting Designer for the Marriott Center for Dance. This is his fourth year at the University of Utah’s renowned Ballet and Modern Dance programs. Credits at the University of Utah include Spring and Fall productions [Read More]


Steve Rasmussen

Associate Professor Lecturer, Costume Shop Director –   Steve has a BS from the University of Utah in Clothing ad Textiles, with an emphasis in textile soft sculpture. He has had several art shows in local galleries and has done theater costuming for the Salt Lake Acting Company, Dance Theater Coalition, and Theater Works West [Read More]


Isaac Taylor

Technical and Lighting Designer – In 2009 Isaac graduated form Utah State University with a BFA in Theater Design with an Emphasis in Lighting and Technical Theater.  He has extensive experience in technical theater and theatre design having worked with Repertory Dance Theatre, Hale Center Theatre, and Dark Horse Theatre Company, to name a few.  Most [Read More]

Ben Sandberg

Benjamin Sandberg

Audio-Visual Specialist Ben received his BA in Film & Media Arts at the University of Utah.  During his student days he worked as a videographer with the Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance, recording many of our performances.  He also worked with the Department of Theatre filming, editing and producing promotional videos as well as [Read More]

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Pinja Fristrom

Theatrical Costume Technician Pinja (peen-ya) holds an Associates of Applied Science in Fashion Design, from Salt Lake Community College, where she won a School Design Competition and received glowing reports from the faculty.  She also has experience working as a seamstress for Shabby Apple, an on-line retailer that specializes in vintage and retro attire. She [Read More]


Elizabeth Banzuzi Diansongi

Theatrical Costume Technician –   Elizabeth has worked in the MCD Costume shop for six years. She helps create beautiful costumes for both the Ballet and Modern Departments. She is well known for her pleasant personality and meticulous eye for detail.   801-581-5072

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Vilena Barekyan

Principal Accompanist In 1977, Vilena graduated from Baku Conservatory where she received her Masters degree from the Piano Department. In 1988 she moved to  Moscow, Russia where she attended many competitions and performed as an accompanist. In 1998 she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2004,  Vilena was hired by the University of Utah [Read More]

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Svetlana Vasilenko

Associate Principal Accompanist   In 1961, Svetlana received her Associates Degree in Musical Theory/Composition/Improvisation at the College of Music. She then went on to study at the Glinka Conservatory from 1963 to 1972 where she earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degree of Art in Composition/Musical Theory. She has researched, composed, and developed repertoire of [Read More]

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Kimball Whitaker

Accompanist   Kimball began playing the piano for the U of U Ballet and Modern Dance in the fall of 2009. Kimball received his B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development, which got him started in a career of software testing and development. For over 15 years he worked on various programs and devices, including [Read More]