Jared Angle has been a Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet for ten years. He has been friends with Faye Arthurs since they were both students at the School of American Ballet as well as seat partners in high school French class (when Faye's parents were warned in her midterm assessment that she and Jared had too many inside jokes to the exclusion of the rest of the class.) He is still trying to learn French, is an amateur pianist, an avid classical music and opera junkie, and resides in Brooklyn across the street from Faye.
Kaitlyn Gilliland began her dance training with Loyce and Lise Houlton at the Minnesota Dance Theatre, moving to New York at age 16 to train at the School of American Ballet. She received the school’s Mae L. Wien Award for outstanding promise in 2004, and from 2006 to 2011 she danced with the New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. She was the New York City Ballet’s Janice Levin Dancer Honoree in 2010. Since leaving the company, Kaitlyn has appeared with BalletNext, BalletCollective, Ballet Tech, Emery LeCrone Dance, Intermezzo Dance Company, Pontus Lidberg Dance, Trainor Dance, and Twyla Tharp Dance. She is currently on faculty at the School of American Ballet and a senior at Columbia University.
Troy Schumacher formed BalletCollective as a twenty-first century model inspired by historic ballet, music and visual art collaborative efforts. Its mission is to present ballet-based work in an intimate setting with live music that represents contributions from the choreographer, dancers, musicians and artists who engage in an ongoing give and take process. In addition to founding and directing BalletCollective, Schumacher has received choreographic commissions from the 92nd Street Y Fridays at Noon series, School of American Ballet, New York Choreographic Institute, Salon/Sanctuary with Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Atlanta Ballet. Schumacher is active in other cultural media, and has participated in a number of cutting-edge collaborations including choreographing shoots for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, Aritzia and producing a performance for Creative Agency V Group’s Zero Zero Project. As a dancer with the New York City Ballet, Schumacher has performed principal roles in several ballets, including George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stars and Stripes, Peter Martins’ Swan Lake, and Jerome Robbins’ Interplay. In September 2014, Schumacher premiered his first ballet commissioned by the New York City Ballet, featuring music by Judd Greenstein and costumes by Thom Browne to critical acclaim.