Gregory & Marjorie Schramel ,  Artistic and Assoc. Artistic Directors

Gregory & Marjorie Schramel, Artistic and Assoc. Artistic Directors

Gregory Schramel and Marjorie Hardwick founded New Orleans Ballet Theatre in 2002 with the goal of providing local dancers a platform to pursue a full-time career in ballet. That goal has been achieved and expanded. Over the last 17 years, NOBT has evolved into Louisiana’s premier ballet company, becoming the prestigious example and epicenter of classical and contemporary ballet for the Gulf Coast Region.

With a professional company now in place, NOBT’s foremost goal is to meet the needs of the community by offering excellent concert dance and dance education to New Orleans residents across all ages and backgrounds.


NOBT is an artistic reflection of a city that vibrantly stands out in its lustrous and diverse culture.  The company is shifting its focus outward and becoming an ambassador on a national level; it seeks to share and represent the unique interplay of multi-ethnic and creative influences that make up New Orleans in the 21st century.

New Orleans Ballet Theatre is 501c3 compliant, not for profit foundation.





Artistic Director
Gregory Schramel

Assoc. Artistic Director
Marjorie Schramel

Administrative Director
Lisa Keller MacCurdy

Publicity & Outreach
Mei-Ling Murray Rees

Outreach Instructor
Amanda Kostreva

Costume Mistress
Whitney Cato

Grant Writer
Ann Glaviano

Kit Braddick

Lisa Keller MacCurdy

Felicia McPhee

Mei-Ling Murray

Denise Oustalet

Marjorie Schramel

Barre Association Chairs
Marianna Clayton

Maribeth Del Castillo

Virginia Sweet Dupuy

Lori Gordillo


Board of Directors


Ben Allen

Dan Falstad

Marianna Clayton

Jane Davis

Sweet Dupuy

Matthew Emory

Alison Hartman

Aaron Jackson

Donna Maselli

Suzanne Phelps

Kathleen Zuniga