Administrative Staff & Board of Directors

Evan Bennett – Executive Director

Evan Bennett is a native of Springfield, Missouri and grew up acting and singing in productions around the city. After graduating from Glendale High School, Evan left to study vocal performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio under Richard Miller and Salvatore Champagne. During his time at Oberlin, Evan portrayed the roles of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Cajus in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Mr. Brooke in Little Women, Singer 7 in Transformations and the character of Valetto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

After finishing his undergraduate studies, Evan moved to New York City to pursue his Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with renowned soprano Catherine Malfitano. Between his first and second years of graduate school, Evan worked with Martina Arroyo in her Prelude to Performance summer program and sang the role of Schaunard in La Bohème.

After graduating from the Manhattan School, Evan won the chance to live in Austria as an English-speaking teaching assistant under the auspices of the Fulbright Program/Austrian American Educational Commission. Evan spent two years in Austria working as a T.A. in both Linz and Vienna and continued to study voice with Benjamin Bruns of the Wiener Staatsoper.

After returning to Springfield, Evan began working at Springfield Regional Opera where he coordinated Operazzi, a monthly opera, jazz and musical theatre open mic night and developed a school tour production of The Three Little Pigs that reached over 2,000 children in the Springfield area. Previous to coming to Evergreen City Ballet, Evan served as the executive director at Springfield Ballet, a pre-professional ballet school. During his time at the Ballet, he was instrumental in leading the campaign for the new set for The Nutcracker. The campaign and implementation process took over two years and became a major community initiative. Evan also worked closely with the many families and community partners throughout Springfield and southwest Missouri to bring more public attention to the organization and grow its reach.

During his time in Springfield, Evan also served on the Any Given Child committee through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and was honored to be one of Springfield’s representatives to the 2014 arts integration conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In April of 2015, Evan was named one of 417 Magazine’s 20 under 30. Evan graduated with his MBA from Drury University in December 2015. During the coming 2017-2018 season, Evan will also be participating in Leadership Tomorrow, which will allow him to learn more about community engagement and involvement in the Puget Sound.

He is incredibly thankful to be part of the amazing team at Evergreen City Ballet and to serve its mission in the community.

Erin Stevens

Marketing & Communications Manager

Erin has been involved with ECB for nearly twenty years, first as a dancer and now as a staff member. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, December of 2013. Erin worked previously with The Broadway Center for Performing Arts in Tacoma and with two private elementary schools. Now Erin teaches the next generation of dancers as well as organizes marketing and fundraising for ECB as the Marketing Coordinator. She loves to bring the art of dance to students as well as those in the community who have an appreciation or interest in the performing arts. Erin began her ballet classes at ECB when she was just five years old. Over the years she danced many lead roles in ECB productions including Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Princess Florine in “Sleeping Beauty”. Erin expanded her dance training at summer intensives with Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Austin.



Carlene Balcomb-Bartok

Wardrobe Mistress

Carlene has been volunteering backstage and in the costume shop at Evergreen City Ballet for the past seven years. She came from San Juan Island where she owned a Wedding Cake & Catering business and ran a destination wedding location for 14 years. Carlene also volunteered time at the Island community theatre as assistant director and stage manager. She is the mother of two kids that both dance at ECB. Her daughter Kyla started dancing at the age of two and they found ECB when the family moved to Renton when Kyla was six. Carlene is excited to take on the challenge of running the costume shop this year. With little to no sewing skills when she started helping with costumes five years ago, the fast learning curve has kept her on her toes but has been a very rewarding process. In her spare time she likes to swim, hike and spend time out on the water on her mom’s boat. Her husband also volunteers time making new backdrops and sets for ECB shows.

Board of Directors


Marisa Behnke – President




Wendy New – Vice President




Misty Leingang – Secretary




Gina Martin – Treasurer




Keith Cline – Officer





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