Dear Parents and Volunteers:

On behalf of the Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s Board, we would like to say thank you for all your hard work and dedication! we understand from Tia that the show is looking fantastic, no small thanks to all of you! As you may know, MPBT is breaking new ground on many levels. We have established an incredible non-profit that supports children of all ages and abilities in a multitude of theatre-related aspects. The costumes, scenery, and sets that have been designed and constructed over the past eleven months, and now await their debut, are beyond compare. And most of all, the exuberance and joy visible on the children’s faces as they enter rehearsals is overwhelming!

It is because of all these magical accomplishments that we need to ask you to help me protect what we have all worked so hard to bring about. As a Board, we have done everything we can to follow the rule book on establishing and maintaining a non-profit. We have been extra vigilant and now we are asking for your support in continuing this vigilance. Please review our Code of Conduct, sign and return it to Tia or upon entry to Sunset Center. This document is to bring us together so we can all work off the same page of expectations and understanding as we move into our tech week and performances.

We appreciate your understanding and thoughtfulness as you review the document and if you have any questions we are sure that Tia can answer them. Also, please know that a Board member will be present backstage at all times should you run into any issues or have questions.

Thank you again for your time, enthusiasm and understanding as we look forward to a fantastic production and opening night!

Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre Board of Directors


Board President

Michelle Wouden

“Performing arts have always been a passion of mine. I’m honored to serve on the board of directors of the Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre where each member honors the mission by ensuring the development of growth of the talents of our local youth in a inspiring and nurturing environment. I recognize the importance of the performing arts in the community as they bring people together, they inspire the next generation, and they allow our youth to showcase their dedication to their art.”

Board Vice President

Adriana Hayward is a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant for Hayward Healthy Home where she is working on the nexus between human health and the built environment.  She attended Wellesley College with degrees in art history and psychology, USC for a Master’s In Gerontology and CIIS for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  Currently, Adriana serves on the board of the SPCA of Monterey County and the Monterey Museum of Art.  She also serves on the Lyles Family Council and Rachel’s Network for environmental stewardship.  Adriana is married to Bill Hayward; they have five children and three Italian Greyhounds.  The family is passionate about the arts, creativity, and community.

Board Secretary

Nancy Enterline is Vice President of Development at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Prior to the Aquarium, she held fundraising, marketing and communications roles at the San Francisco Art Institute, The Getty Institute and the American Federation of Arts in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History from Wake Forest University, and a Master of Science in information studies with a museum informatics focus from Florida State University. She also serves on the boards of the Pacific Grove Library, Girl Scouts-Monterey Redwoods chapter, and is past president of the Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum). “Engaging young people in the performing arts is more important than ever and I am thrilled to be a part of MPBT and its critical work to enrich and inspire our children, families and entire community through dance and theater.”

Board Treasurer

Jeanette Kihs

Board Members – (alphabetical order)

Josselyn Beutler

Ashlee Gustafson

Kenneth “K.C.” Nowak, M.D. has been practicing Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery on the Monterey Peninsula for the last 17 years. He received his Bachelor of Science from UCLA, Doctorate of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School, and completed residency at Stanford University. He is currently President of Central Coast Head and Neck Surgeons. He also serves on the boards of Monterey Peninsula Surgery Center and Monterey Bay Independent Physicians Association. He and his wife, Susanne, are passionate about visual and performing arts. “It is an incredible opportunity to be part of an organization which supports youth in their appreciation and mastery of the art of dance.”

Chris Pappas

page1image1814816J. Darrick Wells, M.D. is a native Californian having grown up in the Central Valley. Darrick, Megan and their 4 children moved to the Monterey Peninsula several years ago and have immensely enjoyed the close-knit community and the unique culture the Monterey Peninsula has to offer. Darrick joined the Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre Board of Directors this year. He also has served on the local youth football board for past 3 years. He attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, as an undergraduate and obtained his medical degree from The Medical College of Wisconsin. He practiced family and hospital medicine in the Central Valley for 24 years before beginning work as a staff physician at a local urgent care this past year. Darrick and Megan have two daughters who are active in dance as well as a son who is active in football and baseball. Darrick has provided years of support, guidance, and teaching to youth organizations and is committed to helping our youth experience local activities which enrich and improve our community.


Artistic Director

Tia Brown Rosenblum is a nationally recognized dance professional and an award-winning team director with 20 years of instruction experience. She specializes in dance education for children and has taught in elite ballet and competition programs in Florida and Alabama as well and in pre-professional dance programs on the Monterey Peninsula.  Tia focuses on curriculum development; ballet, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary technique training; pre-professional training tracts for ballet, jazz and contemporary dancers; and Youth America Grand Prix solo and group coaching.  During Tia’s teaching career she has had the honor of instructing many students who have been accepted into programs and companies such as: San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet (jazz, contemporary, and ballet programs), Ellison Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), Ballet Chicago, and LINES Pre-professional Training Program.

While Tia has had opportunities to work with many students on a pre-professional path, she also has a strong passion and love for working with those children who are focused on dance as a recreational passion.  She finds it of the utmost importance to foster each desired learning experience in a fun, nurturing, and structured environment.

Tia’s training in ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary encompasses nationally and internationally respected instructors; including the renowned, Fiona Fairre’ of the Royal Ballet, Shamil Yagudin of the Ballet Stars of Moscow, Samuel Abramian of the Bolshoi Ballet, Todd Eric Allen of Boston Ballet, Bruce Marks of American Ballet Theater / Ballet West and Boston Ballet, Kathy Kozul of Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts, and Rhee Gold, founder and director of Dance Life Retreat and Training.

Competition teams under Tia’s direction have won consecutive regional titles. Her choreography has consistently received recognition and highest of honors at regional and national dance competitions. Tia has been the Artistic Director of Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre since it was founded in January 2017, formerly the artistic direcotr of other local pre-professional companies for over 12 years), as well as tour director for an eleven day China Tour with twenty-one dancers.

When Tia moved to the Monterey Peninsula 14 years ago, she continued to follow her passion for dance as well as medicine.  Her fifteen years in the field of medicine as an administrator and medical director have broadened her expertise in establishing and operating all aspects of startup and established businesses.

Tia and her husband, Dr. Leland Rosenblum (a local ophthalmologist), live on the peninsula with their family and dogs.

Donation Information

MPBT asking for your support in making our Nutcracker the best it can be. Contributions at any level are appreciated. Please feel free to mail check donations to:

Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Corporation

225 The Crossroads Blvd. #253, Carmel, CA 93923

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