By Howard Pousner
Patti Pearlberg, vice president of asset management for Atlanta-based Coro Realty Advisors LLC, was recently named board chairwoman of the 50-year-old Georgia Ballet.
Pearlberg, a ballet board member since 2007 and wife of Marietta City councilman Van Pearlberg, assumes the role from Marietta attorney-filmmaker Sam Hensley Jr., son of the Marietta-based troupe’s founder, Iris Hensley.
“It has been a privilege to serve as chairman these past six years,” Sam Hensley said. “My mother would be thrilled to see the heights to which this organization has soared.”
The Georgia Ballet purchased a 13,500-square-foot rehearsal and teaching facility on North Cobb Parkway in Marietta in 2004. It reaches more than 25,000 people with its programs annually.
“I am very excited about the challenge of taking the Georgia Ballet into the next decade,” Patti Pearlberg said. “As public schools and institutions cut back on their arts programs, it becomes more crucial for the private sector to provide our children and community with an exposure and education in the arts.”
The company is under the artistic direction of Gina Hyatt-Mazon, a former principal artist of Hamburg Ballet. Michele Ziemann-DeVos, who danced in the Georgia Ballet’s professional company, now serves as its executive director.
“I am certain there is a bright future ahead for our organization,” Pearlberg said.
The company opens this season with “Pinocchio” (Oct. 23-24), followed by “The Nutcracker” (Dec. 3-5), both performed at the Cobb County Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre. “Spectrum: An Evening of New Works,” will be performed Feb. 5 at the Murray Arts Center in Kennesaw. Information: www.georgiaballet.org.