Anne of Green Gables Creative Profiles
Bengt Jörgen, C.M.
Artistic Director & CEO
Bengt Jörgen is a co-founder of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and serves as its Artistic Director and CEO. In 1992, his artistic vision led to the formation of a partnership with George Brown College in Toronto where he is the Artistic Directorof the full-time dance programs.
He is an acclaimed choreographer who has created more than 30 full-length ballets for numerous ballet and opera companies including the National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the American Ballet Studio Company, and the Hong Kong Ballet.
Bengt Jörgen’s commitment to creating relevant and innovative work, together with his demonstrated choreographic and artistic vision, has garnered national and international acclaim. Under his directorship Canada’s Ballet Jörgen has growninto one of the country’s largest dance institutions, delivering a record amount of programming across Canada.
Born in the Archangelsk region of Russia in 1952 and spendingmost of his life in Ukraine, Alexander Levkovich graduated from the Lysenko Academy of Music in 1980, having earned both а degree in Piano Performance and Composition.
Alexander’s work has been performed internationally by Philip Hirshhorn, Julian Milkis, Dimitri Yablonsky, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Alexander’s artistry in arranging existing compositions is well-known within the Canadian music industry. His prolific career in creating over 50 original pieces, as well as adapting over 60 existing compositions makes him the perfect choice to work on Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™.
Costume, Prop & Set Design
Ontario-based set and costume designer Sue LePage studied at the University of Guelph. She has designed set and/or costumes for over 100 productions at many of Canada’s most important theatres including Tarragon Theatre, Grand Theatre, London, Nightwood Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and Young People’s Theatre. She has also designed for the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival. Anne of Green Gables will be Sue’s 3rd project with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen.
Hannah Mae Cruddas
as Anne Shirley
The title role of Anne will be created on Halifax native Hannah Mae Cruddas. Hannah Mae first appeared on stage with CBJ through The Local Participant Program in 2007 as “Young Anastasia” in the company’s World Premiere Performance of Anastasia in Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia. She went on to study at Canada’s National Ballet School and attended Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Junior Company in 2011.
Hannah Mae began her professional career as an Apprentice with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in 2011 and joined the full company in 2013, last season coming full circle when Hannah Mae performed her first lead role as Anastasia on the company’s 30th Anniversary tour.
Hannah Mae is passionate about her work and equally so about inspiring the next generation in dance as they forge their way into the dance world.