Boston Ballet - Kathleen Mitchell Kathleen Mitchell – Boston Ballet
Graduate Program Rehearsal Director

Kathleen Mitchell

Seattle, WA

Joined Boston Ballet School in 2003


Kathleen Mitchell brings her love of the art form to generations of students. Her extensive teaching and coaching experience has allowed her students to succeed professionally in numerous companies both nationally and internationally. Since joining Boston Ballet School in 2003, she has worked exclusively with Trainee and Pre-Professional Program students.

Mitchell received her early training from Karen Irvin in Seattle, Washington at what is now Cornish College of the Arts. She was awarded full Ford Foundation Scholarships to School of American Ballet and the academic Professional Children’s School, Pennsylvania Ballet School, and San Francisco Ballet School where she completed her training.

Mitchell’s career spanned twenty years at San Francisco Ballet as dancer, faculty member, and Children’s Ballet Mistress. She was featured in both classical and contemporary works by Ashton, Balanchine, Bintley, Caniparoli, Lew Christensen, D’Amboise, Forsythe, Kudelka, Donald MacKayle, Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins, Michael Smuin and Helgi Tomasson. She was also a guest artist with Alonso King’s Lines Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco Opera, and danced for the Lawrence Pech Dance Company.

Invited by Helgi Tomasson to join San Francisco Ballet School’s Faculty, Mitchell taught all levels and staged numerous ballets by Balanchine, Christensen, and Tomasson as well as all student roles in San Francisco Ballet productions such as Giselle, La Sylphide, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.

She annually choreographs original pieces and stages repertoire for Next Generation performances. She staged Sleeping Beauty “Prologue” in 2009, Napoli Pas de Six and Tarantella in 2010, served as Ballet Mistress for Konservatoriet in 2011, staged “Wedding Pas de Deux” from Sleeping Beauty Act III in 2013, Paquita “Pas de Trois” in 2014, and “Wedding Pas de Deux”, “Puss-n-Boots/White Cat”, and “Red Riding Hood/Wolf” in 2016.

Mitchell has taught for Harvard University Dance Department and is a guest teacher for Cecchetti Council of America. She has taught at various summer programs across the U.S. and Canada. Mitchell holds a BA in Liberal Arts from the LEAP program at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Mitchell created and manages the Boston Ballet Performance Workshop, a program designed to develop essential performance skills. She teaches Company Class and is Rehearsal Assistant for Mikko Nissinen’s Nutcracker Sugar Plum Attendants. Mitchell also serves as Boston Ballet’s Shoe Manager.