Artistic Director Stuttgart Ballet Tamas Detrich
Director Tadeusz Matacz
Tadeusz Matacz, born in Warsaw, Poland, received his ballet education at the State Ballet Academy in Warsaw where he also completed his pedagogical training with Leonid Zhdanov.
In 1977 he had his first engagement as a dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw and at the same time worked as a ballet teacher at the ballet school in Warsaw. From 1979 to 1984 Tadeusz Matacz was a Principal Dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw. From 1984 to 1992 he was a Soloist at the Badische State Theatre in Karlsruhe where he also took on pedagogical commitments as of 1988. From 1992 to 1998 Tadeusz Matacz was Ballet Master and Choreographer at the Badische State Theater in Karlsruhe. From 1990 to 1998 he also worked as a Guest Teacher with Ballet Frankfurt, Toulouse Ballet, the Big Theater Warsaw and from 1997 to 1998 also with the Stuttgart Ballet.
Since 1st January 1999 Tadeusz Matacz has been the Director of the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. He is regulary invited to be a juror at renowned international ballet competitions.

Tadeusz Matacz
Artistic Associate Sarah Abendroth
Sarah Abendroth was born in Dallas / USA. She completed her ballet training in Dallas as well as at the School of American Ballet in New York.

Sarah Abendroth had her first engagement in 1973 with the Frankfurt Ballet under Alfonso Catá and Kent Stowell and advanced to the position of a Soloist after a short time.

In 1976 she became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet where she danced as a Soloist. She worked with choreographers like Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Hans Van Manen, Maurice Béjart, Uwe Scholz and others and danced in pieces by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Glen Tetley and SirKenneth McMillan.

From 1985 to 1989 Sarah Abendroth took a baby break during which she was trained as a make-up artist.

In 1989 Sarah Abendroth began her training as a ballet pedagogue which she completed in 1992. Following that, she was engaged by the John Cranko Schule where she has worked as a ballet pedagogue and ballet mistress since then. In 2006 she was furthermore announced Artistic Associate of the John Cranko Schule.

Administrative Manager
Stefanie Wimpff

Administrative Assistance
Anna Brunetti


Ballet Pedagogues
Sarah Abendroth
Nicola Biasutti
Odette Borchert
Natalia Gasmaeva
Anna Jojic
Selatin Kara
Dimitri Magitov
Barbara Matacz
Tadeusz Matacz
Catarina Mora
Galina Solovieva
Elena Tentschikova

Guest Pedagogues
Katarzyna Aleksander-Kmiec
Wieslaw Dudek
Stéphane Fléchet
Marco Laudani
Kai Schabel

Dance Theory
Tadeusz Matacz

German / English / Sociology
Birgit Müller

Music History and Theory / Dance History
Ioana Cumpata-Petcu

Melanie Jatzkowski


Head of Pianists  
Ioana Cumpata-Petcu

Liudmyla Fain
Hyangyoon Lee
Vassily Lifanov
Oksana Petrovska
Jairo Quintana Jiménez
Jana Strotbek
Emilia Tairova
Svetlana Tumilovych                 


Scheduling Coordination
Sarah Abendroth
Ioana Cumpata-Petcu

Ballet Shoes and Costumes 
Magdalena Dziegielewska

Property Management

Ibrahim Karadag
Randa Azzam
Marzena Myszkowiak
Sven Waibel

Residence Hall

Head of Residence Hall
Hans-Peter Seeger

Associate Head of Residence Hall
Klaus Wilmers
Susanne Heimerdinger
Patrick Hill
Mikyeong Kim-Seyffer
Simone Letzgus
Susanne Pfletschinger
Christine Roosen
Simone Ruoff
Patrick Wahl
Carmen Weinmann
Maik Zachwieja

Housekeeping Department

Head of Housekeeping Department
Irena Adamek

Head Chef
Alexander Blaich

Assistant Cook
Emel Karadag
Kitchen / Laundry / Cleaning
Anita Alzenberger
Ibthehal Amin
Aysel Basbug
Eleni Iliadou
Vasiliki Mantellou
Ivana Marjancic
Özlem Soruklu Altuntas
Eva Vieweger