Artistic Staff & Guest Faculty

Rachel Vickrey

Artistic Director

Rachel Vickrey received her early dance training from her parents, Robert Vickrey and Robin Welch, in New Haven, Connecticut. At the age of 11 she became one of the youngest students to be awarded a full scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School. She continued to study on scholarships at some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the U.S. and Canada eventually beginning her professional career at the age of 16.

Miss Vickrey has danced as a company member in Ballet Omaha, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Banff Festival Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and Omaha Theater Ballet. Her passion for expression and a clean versatile technique has given her many opportunities to perform a diverse variety of principal roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brilliante, and Agon. She has performed works by such renown choreographers as Brian MacDonald, Salvator Aielo, Kennet Oberly, Charles Arnie, Loyce Holton, Lew Christensen, Alvin Ailey, Agnes DeMille, and Harrison McEldowney. Rachel has also performed in Aida, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Sampson and Delilah, All American Concert and Opera for the Cure with Opera Omaha. Over the years Rachel has danced numerous roles with Omaha Symphony. Recently, Rachel has become an artist for WhyArts? , a non-profit dedicated to providing experiential arts workshops and residencies to individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Deborah Carr

Ballet Mistress

Deborah is a choreographer as well as a wonderful teacher. Following her performing career with Ballet Omaha, Connecticut Ballet and the Boston Festival Ballet, Deborah became the ballet mistress for the Omaha Theater Ballet as well as an invaluable teacher for the Omaha Theater Ballet School of Dance and Director of the Student Company.

Deborah is also an instructor at Creighton University and previously served as  ballet Ballet Midwest in St. Louis where she also served as their ballet mistress.

Miss Carr’s critically acclaimed choreography for Omaha Theater Ballet includes Tango Café and Pridelands, for which she was the recipient of a choreography award from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2004. Pridelands was performed by Heartland Youth Ballet in 2014 at Mid-States Regional Dance America Festival in Chicago, Il.



Guest Choreographers

Nicole Cisler - Choreographer ​
Altin Naska - Artistic Director Chicago Music & Dance Festival International ​   

Eddy Ocampo, Miro Magloire, Ryan Nye, Roberto Munoz, Robert Vickrey