Professionals who make their living as actors, playwrights, performers, musicians, add a valuable dimension to our ongoing exploration of the performing arts. And our department has been fortunate to host, work with, and learn from, some of the best and brightest in the field, including:
Artistic Director and Founder of L’Academie Americaine de Dance de Paris, Ms. Desnoës has danced with the Royal Ballet and companies throughout North America and Europe. Her repertoire includes the classics, such as Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia, as well as works by contemporary choreographers.
Robert Duvall (C’53)
Academy Award-winning actor and Principia alum Robert Duvall considers himself a late bloomer. Despite that, Mr. Duvall has carved a niche for himself in the world of movies, through an illustrious career spanning mainstream and outsider roles, memorable for characterization and authenticity. View a video of Duvall’s talk.
A native Midwesterner, Mr. Gardner received a scholarship to American Ballet Theatre’s School at the age of 16. He was an acclaimed soloist, working with the 20thcentury’s great ballet choreographers, including Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, and George Balanchine. Gardner also worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He and his wife, Amanda McKerrow work for the Antony Tudor Trust, and have run intensive dance workshops at Principia twice. (Catch a sneak peek here!)
One of the U.S.’s acclaimed ballerinas, Ms. McKerrow was the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1982, and went on to play leading roles in numerous classical ballets. She has been lauded for her performances in works by Balanchine, Robbins, Tudor, Sir Frederick Ashton, Twyla Tharp, and Mark Morris. In 2000, McKerrow and her husband John Gardner joined the Antony Tudor Trust, and she devotes the majority of her time to teaching and coaching young dancers.