Margaret Rose Kenrick
Benicia Ballet School Director, Benicia Ballet Theatre Artistic Director
Ms. Kenrick began her ballet training at age four with Riverside Ballet Theatre continuing with Redlands Festival Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. She performed professionally for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, traveling throughout the United States and appearing in major cultural venues, including the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Ms. Kenrick appeared in the Nutcracker movie, released by Atlantic Productions in 1987, and made her first guest appearance as the Sugar Plum Fairy for Redlands Festival Ballet. After completing a BA from UCLA and an MA from UC Riverside in biological sciences she moved to the bay area. Her 20 years in research in the biotech industry included multiple areas of disease progression and drug development for Xoma Corporation, Berlex Biosciences, and Genentech, Inc. Currently she is a biology professor at both Los Medanos College and Solano Community College. She has taught, choreographed and performed with Benicia Ballet Theatre, Valley Dance Theatre of Livermore, and the Community Youth Center in Concord. She was awarded two grants by Berlex Biosciences to sponsor volunteer work in this artistic endeavor, including an educational seminar on nutrition for dancers. She has also been supported by Genentech’s generous company match for her donations. In 2007, she stepped into the role of Artistic Director for Benicia Ballet Theatre to support the continued growth in arts and health education in Benicia.