Director of Artistic Operations
Sharyn Mahoney joined Nashville Ballet as a company dancer in 1989. Since her retirement from performing, she has continued to work with the organization as School of Nashville Ballet faculty, Artistic Associate, Director of Education and Outreach, Ballet Master and currently, Director of Artistic Operations. During her nine years as Director of Education and Outreach, Ms. Mahoney worked closely with Artistic Director Paul Vasterling to develop and fine tune NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company. While in that same position, she initiated the ballet’s educational outreach program which proudly reaches 40,000 children and families each year.
Appointed to Ballet Master in 1998, Ms. Mahoney returned to the studio full time to lend her talents to staging and rehearsing the company’s ballets. She continues to oversee the dancers of NB2’s Performance Division and all Nashville Ballet youth casts. In 2010 Mr. Vasterling charged her with creating a program that concentrated on strengthening and preparing dancers over 18 for a professional career. The Training Division of NB2 was launched in the fall of 2010 with the focus of giving dancers the tools to become healthier and stronger artists.
As Director of Artistic Operations, she works closely with Mr. Vasterling to supervise the company’s artistic endeavors and conducts auditions and guest teaching across the country. She has also staged Mr. Vasterling’s ballets on other companies in the United States and Argentina.
Ms. Mahoney has previously served on the board of Book ‘Em, a children’s literacy organization, and she continues to adjudicate dance grants for the Tennessee Arts Commission.