Angela Combs Baseman (MBA School Administrator) has always loved ballet, and was intrigued to see a poster for Metropolitan Ballet Academy upon moving to Jenkintown in 1996. Starting as a volunteer parent helping to organize costumes and chaperone students backstage during showcases, she gradually began to fill an administrative role at MBA. In 2009, she was hired as School Administrator, and now wears many hats at Met. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and previously worked as Office Manager/Project Assistant for Michael Graves Architects and as the Assistant Director at The Art Center of the 92nd Street Y in NYC. Currently, she holds the position of Vice President at Baseman Design Associates in Jenkintown.
Amber Permsap Ahearn (MBC Executive Director) grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She began her formal ballet training at the age of 10 at the newly-formed Metropolitan Ballet Academy. She continued her study of ballet under the direction of Lisa Collins Vidnovic while attending summer intensives at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Rock School for Dance Education, Washington School of Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Ms. Permsap performed lead roles in Metropolitan Ballet’s productions of Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Napoli, Sleeping Beauty, and Paquita. Throughout her high school years she also performed at the Academy of Music with Pennsylvania Ballet in company roles for their Nutcracker seasons. She was a founding member of Metropolitan Ballet Company (2001) and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2010.
Ms. Permsap was accepted into New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts as a dance major. She graduated as an Honors Scholar from NYU with an individualized major, which incorporated communication and business studies into her dance curriculum. Two years later, Ms. Permsap’s graduate studies at New York University included a summer study-abroad trip to the Netherlands and Germany to study cultural planning and cultural policy. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Administration in May 2013.
Prior to her role as Executive Director of MBC, Ms. Permsap worked at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center for seven years. As a manager in the Public Relations, Recruiting and Outreach department at SAB, she was responsible for the planning, travel, logistics, and administration of their national and international audition tours. In addition, she organized and served as the on-site administrator for the California Workshop for Young Dancers, an annual two-week summer intensive for serious ballet students 10-14 years of age.
Ms. Permsap resides in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her husband, Matt, and dog, Jasper.