Artistic Staff


Kathleen rathbun

Artistic Director

In addition to directing Syracuse City Ballet, Kathleen Rathbun is also the Director of Ballet & Dance of Upstate New York. Ms. Rathbun is an accomplished professional dancer and choreographer. Her repertoire includes Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Cinderella (with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra) and a number of other ballets which have performed to capacity houses and four-star reviews. In December 2009, on the heels of an October production of Dracula, Ms. Rathbun choreographed the company’s first Nutcracker, and it quickly became a beloved holiday tradition throughout Central New York. As a teacher,

Ms. Rathbun has in-depth experience developing young dancers’ technique, strength and artistry. A former soloist with Princeton Ballet Society of New Jersey, and Dancer’s Ensemble of Syracuse, Ms. Rathbun attended The Juilliard School on a full scholarship. She also studied with David Howard, Melissa Hayden, Finis Young, and other world renowned teachers. Ms. Rathbun taught classical ballet at Syracuse University and was the former director of the Dance Department at Metropolitan School of the Arts.



Bradley Benjamin

Company Manger & Ballet Master

Professionally, Bradley has performed on prominent stages across the world as a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  She made her Broadway debut at the age of 18 when cast by Susan Stroman in the revival of Oklahoma!  Other credits include the 1st National Tours of Pippin and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular, the Las Vegas and Hollywood Bowl productions of HairsprayThe Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the world-premier of Leap of Faith.  Regionally, Bradley has performed with Sacramento Music Circus, Reprise! Theater Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, LA Opera and more.  Bradley has also appeared on The Tony Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, David Letterman, and The Today Show.

Bradley began her dance training at The Center of Ballet & Dance Arts in Syracuse under the instruction of Deborah Boughton.  Summers studies include The Juilliard School, NYSSSA, The Hartford Ballet, and The American Theatre Dance Workshop.  Bradley holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California (L.E.A.P Program) and an M.S. in Arts Administration from Le Moyne College where she also received the Inaugural Arts Administration Community Impact Award in 2018.  Bradley has taught master classes both locally and nationally as a Broadway Connection instructor.

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Kristen Davis

Community Youth Outreach & Education Coordinator

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