Nichole Gantshar joined Rochester City Ballet in September, 2014. She received her early training at Boston Ballet and graduated from the Walnut Hill School for Performing Arts. She most recently worked on the staff of the Tulsa Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Earlier in her career, she worked for Richmond Ballet, Syracuse Stage, and Milwaukee Ballet. As a freelance artist, she has worked for Hangar Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and others.
Nichole received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MFA from the University at Stony Brook and has taught at Syracuse University, University at Stony Brook, University of Pittsburgh and the Wooster Center for the Arts. Apart from her career in theatre and ballet, Nichole served as a Legislative Aide in Congress and on the staff of The Post-Standard. Among her volunteer activities, Nichole is a member of Rochester Rotary, on the board of the Women’s Council of Jewish Senior Life, formerly she served as the treasurer of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), was Chair of the National Student Education Fund, and treasurer of the Syracuse Chapter of Girls Inc. Among her awards, she was twice nominated as an Outstanding Young Woman of America and received a LMDA residency grant to serve as the production dramaturg for the Atlanta Ballet’s production of The Great Gatsby.