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.
Shortly thereafter, Lincoln founded American Contemporary Ballet with Theresa Farrell to develop various ballet projects, including the production of live ballet performances, ballet films, an apprentice company, and a training program. In 2011, he chose Los Angeles as the permanent home for the company and 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,” and The Los Angeles Times called MUSIC+DANCE:LA “a welcome new series.” Of ACB’s second season premiere, featuring Jones’ American Quartet and Suite Italienne, Performing Arts LIVE said, “It is a collaboration where 1+1=10. The majestic artistry of Choreographer Lincoln Jones and his dancers of the American Contemporary Ballet perfectly matched the chamber repertoire of the evening to the delight of those in attendance.” Of hisTchaikovsky Piano Trio in Season 3, the Los Angeles Times said, “It's the rare choreographer who can physicalize this haunting, enchanting work. Lincoln Jones, artistic director of American Contemporary Ballet, proved up to the task in his first evening-length work.”
Lincoln has also 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 as Associate Director and a dancer in the company. With Artistic Director Lincoln Jones she established ACB in its permanent home, Los Angeles, managing development and business operations.
As a dancer, Theresa has created principal roles in several new ballets with ACB, including Suite for Violin and Piano, Josquiniana, Serenade in A, L’Apothéose de Corelli, Gli Uccelli, 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 noted her "rhythm and attack". Theresa has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera and 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, and Virgin Mobile. She has appeared as a model in a commercial for Ford Automobiles, was featured in Lorac's California Dreaming makeup line, and was the face of Joe’s Jeans’ ballet-inspired international Stretch Legging campaign.
As Associate Director of ACB, Theresa has been a key factor in the company’s growth and development, building the company from seven dancers in its first season to twelve in its second, and building partnerships with corporations and arts organizations in Los Angeles. In 2016 Theresa was promoted to the position of Executive Director.
Theresa was featured in Entity Magazine for her dual role as dancer and Executive Director, and she has been a guest speaker for the Arts Leadership program at the University of Southern California.
David Scheidemantle, Chair
Dr. Bruce Ellman
Board of directors
David Scheidemantle, Chair elect