Artistic Team

Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director

Lisa Mayer-Lang began studying dance at the Toledo Ballet at the age of six, under the direction of Marie Bollinger Vogt and Madame Velta Cernonok. Two years later at the age of eight, she was cast in the coveted role of Clara in The Nutcracker, which began a lifelong passion of Ballet and the performing arts.

Ms. Mayer-Lang furthered her studies at the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Camp, with the prestigious Toscanini Scholarship. She trained with Larry Long at Ruth Page in Chicago, and Ballet West with the legendary William Christiansen, Toni Lander and Bruce Marks. At the age of eighteen, she moved to New York City, where Ms. Mayer-Lang continued her studies with the top Ballet Masters of the world. She performed professionally as a ballerina, toured the world partnering with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Gen Horiuchi. Ms. Mayer-Lang ultimately landed on Broadway dancing, singing and acting in Lead roles as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Carousel at Lincoln Center with Aurdra McDonald, CATS as Sillabub and Victoria, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie with Sutton Foster and Wonderful Town with Brooke Shields. Ms. Mayer-Lang has performed at the Kennedy Center as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Carnegie Hall in The Leading Ladies of Broadway alongside Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Barbara Cook, among many others. Other great performing experiences include dancing with Gene Kelly, Willie Nelson and opposite Patrick Wilson in Barry Manilow’s Harmony, at LaJolla Playhouse.

This is Ms. Mayer-Lang’s 11th year as Toledo Ballet’s School Director; in 2014 she received the additional appointment of Artistic Director. Ms. Mayer-Lang is a certified teacher of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum® in Pre-Primary through Level 7. When she is not at Toledo Ballet, Ms. Mayer- Lang is an adjunct professor at The University of Michigan teaching in the world-renowned Musical Theatre Department.

Michael Lang, Resident Choreographer

Michael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for The Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created nine original works for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Révérence (2009), Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), Tied Notes (2013), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016). Other choreographic credits for Toledo Ballet include: All are One (Toledo Museum of Art – Original work inspired by and interactively performed with Thai Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break); L’Histoire du Soldat (Toledo Symphony); and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (Toledo Symphony). Mr. Lang performed for more than a decade on Broadway, including the original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Lang is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, a certified Pilates instructor, and a licensed massage therapist.

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