ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
Lincoln Jones was born in Fullerton, California, and began dancing at the age of nineteen. He was awarded scholarships to the Joffrey, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles Classical Ballet Schools. At twenty-three, Lincoln joined the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, then moved to New York City, where he taught ballet at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and DanceSpace, and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
In 2011, Jones founded American Contemporary Ballet with Theresa Farrell. He conceived a groundbreaking partnership with The Da Camera Society in MUSIC+DANCE: LA, combining Da Camera’s long experience with music and presentation with his own approach to ballet as a musical art form. In ACB’s first season, Los Angeles Magazine called Jones’ ballet Serenade in A “…a multifaceted snapshot of beautiful choreography crisply integrated with music.”
Jones’ acclaimed programming for ACB includes his presentation of Balanchine works (The New York Times recognized ACB for furthering the choreographer’s legacy on the West Coast) and reconstructions of important historical ballets. His original works (including 2016’s Adamiana) have been the subjects of several Los Angeles Times profiles and reviews, which have praised both his choreographic work and the significance of his programming. In recent seasons, Jones has presented dance in increasingly compelling and creative formats, staging immersive productions of Inferno (to Charles Wuorinen’s “The Mission of Virgil”), The Nutcracker Suite, and Astaire Dances. The LA Downtowner wrote, "The American Contemporary Ballet is truly an experience unlike anything ever before, something one must see to believe."
Jones has also fostered a cultural community around dance with educational programs that bring audiences further inside the art. The Los Angeles Times noted of one such presentation, “Jones made the most complex issues seem like child's play in a beguiling 'Dance and Design'.”
Jones recently performed with ACB at the Houston Grand Opera’s 2018 Opera Ball, presenting both the work of Fred Astaire and his own choreography. He has given talks on ballet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and The Da Camera Society, and choreographed ballet in commercials for Facebook, Virgin Mobile, BSI Bank, and other international brands.
Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, Theresa Farrell trained at Ballet Regent under Michael Steele, American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey School of Ballet, New York State Summer School of the Arts, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, and is a high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Dance.
After graduation, she co-founded ACB with Artistic Director Lincoln Jones while continuing to dance in ACB’s corps de ballet. With Jones she established ACB in its permanent home Los Angeles, leading development, business operations and community outreach. Farrell was profiled in Entity magazine “From Ballerina to Boss”; and she and Jones were the subjects of a Downtown L.A. News cover story and a New York Times article on the revival of Balanchine in Los Angeles. Stage and Cinema called ACB “an enterprise which promises to be Los Angeles’ homegrown world-class ballet company,” while LA Weekly noted, “Starting a ballet company in L.A. has never been easy, but there's much to admire about how American Contemporary Ballet has approached that task.”
As a dancer, Farrell has created principal roles in several new ballets with ACB, including Inferno, The Nutcracker Suite, Adamiana, L’Apothéose de Corelli, Suite for Violin and Piano, Josquiniana, Serenade in A, and Septet—Theme and Variations, and performed solo with violinist Hilary Hahn at the Skaneateles Music Festival. For her role in Jones' Adamiana, the Los Angeles Times praised her "rhythm and attack," and in a “Fuel” segment that received 10 million views, Vice noted, “Behind the elegance of a ballet dancer, Theresa Farrell is an athlete to the core."
Farrell has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera and recently performed with ACB at the Houston Grand Opera’s 2018 Opera Ball. She has appeared as a dancer on television in Glee and House, as well as in commercials and print campaigns for Facebook, Fruit of the Loom, AT&T, Fountainbleau Hotels, BSI Bank, FX’s American Horror Story, Beatles’ Rock Band, Virgin Mobile, Joe’s Jeans, Nux Active and LORAC Cosmetics. She has been a guest speaker for the Arts Leadership program at the University of Southern California and gives talks and master classes for area schools and arts organizations.
David Scheidemantle, Chair
Dr. Bruce Ellman
Board of directors
David Scheidemantle, Chair elect