The Oil Region Ballet, or "ORB" as it is commonly referred to by its loyal followers, is a non-profit performance ballet company. ORB's mission is to enhance the arts in our region by creating ballet awareness, educating the public as well as area dance talent, while bringing quality full - length ballet performances to our communities.
Board of Directors
Dedicated to the Art
Our own devoted Board of Directors remains an all-volunteer group of individuals who offer the organization untold hours of their personal time. This esential team keeps our non-profit moving forward, and constantly evolving in response to need and growth.
The leadership of Oil Region Ballet believes in making the Art of Ballet approachable and relatable to modern audiences and the rapidly changing world. Through the adaptation of modernized folk tales and literature, ORB's performances provide both real and fictional role models. All are rich with relatable characters who learn valuable moral lessons and overcome challenges with humor and personal growth.
Oil Region Ballet’s Founder, Executive Director, and Artistic Director. Deborah is native of Michigan. She studied under such renowned names as Ed Riffle, Rich Ron, Sally Seven, Bene Arnold, Barbra Hamblin, Douglas Bentz and Conrad Ludlow. She is a graduate of University of Utah and Point Park College. She has a Bachelors's degree in Fine Arts with a major in Ballet. Deborah was a member of the Grand Rapids Ballet.
Her post-graduate studies include a certification in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Deborah taught dance in Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh, and Morgantown before relocating to this area where she has continued to teach for eighteen more years.
She is a great believer in giving dancers the opportunity to perform full-length ballet productions in a professional and supportive environment. The joy of performing is a dancer's greatest reward.
Oil Region Ballet's Assistant Artistic Director and Social Media Chair. Taryn is a native of Pittsburgh. Her intensive dance training began with the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company, where she trained under renowned artists such as Tamar Rachelle, Ernest Tolentino, Anastasia Wovchko Bedard, Kevin and Patty Maloney, Gelsey Kirkland, Janet Popleski, Patrick Hinson, Ib Anderson, and Stephen Mills.
While still a PYBC dancer, she studied theater with George Jaber and Kevin Maloney and received a theater degree, later earning a B.A. in Performing Arts/Dance from La Roche College under the direction of Ken Nickel.
Taryn began her sojourn with ORB in 2012 as a Choreographer, later being named Assistant Artistic Director while also continuing her dance instruction in the Pittsburgh area. With her unique teaching style and upbeat, fun-loving humor, she connects with her students and provides motivation. Taryn believes in helping to change the world one dance class at a time.
ORB's amazing costumer resides in Tennessee. With the help of her husband and fellow costume engineer David Borger, Tina brings the extraordinary ORB characters to life.
Once the Artistic Director has conceived of a character and envisioned its form, she sends the idea with dancer measurements to Tina. With this concept in hand and working from her home in the outskirts of Nashville, Tina's team must engineer how to bring the character to life. Tina and David love the large and challenging character tasks, while Deborah Femovich sews the more mundane corps costumes locally.
After the cast of characters is complete, a truck full of creations must now parade up the road to Pennsylvania.
During each dress rehearsal and performance, Tina is tirelessly repairing the heavily used costumes behind the scenes.
Our talented team of volunteer photographers capture ORB's magical moments.
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ORB's talented set artist is a Jr/Sr Language Arts and Art teacher in the Cranberry School District. With her guidance, fellow set artist volunteers engineer the extravagant sets for each ballet.
Once the Artistic Director conceives of the story and design conception, Lori takes the plans from paper to its full size construct. Volunteer construction teammates help Lori cut, nail, hinge and paint all scenes in a complete production. Each entire set must be able to fold down and pack into a 24 foot truck for transport from theater to theater.