Austin History Center

Greg Easley Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Easley, Greg
Title: Greg Easley Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1996-1998
Abstract: Greg Easley is a native of Austin, Texas and dancer and choreographer involved with dance and performing arts in the Austin area. The collection is comprised of materials documenting the performances of Austin Contemporary Ballet during the 1990s.
Identification: AR.2014.051
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Easley is a native of Austin, Texas and began his training with Eugene Slavin and Alexandra Nadal and continued his studies with Stanley Hall at Austin Ballet Theater. Easley performed in the Texas premiere of David Parson's The Envelope, Romeo & Juliet at the San Antonio International Arts festival, and several premieres with Ballet Austin under the directorship of Lambros Lambrou. He was a member of Atlanta Ballet where he studied with Robert Barnett, Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowski and toured and performed in New York with that company. He co-founded and co-directed Texas National Dance Theater with Lisa Smith and later was appointed the artistic directorship of Austin Contemporary Ballet where he brought a newer vision to that company with original dance commissions from nationally recognized choreographers. He has instructed ballet technique classes since 1980 and choreographed for the Ballet Austin trainees, Columbia City Ballet, Austin Opera, Tapestry Dance Company, Zach Scott Theater, Ballet Arkansas, Corpus Christi Concert Ballet and Evansville Ballet Summer Intensive. As a choreographer Easley offered an alternative Nutcracker to the city of Austin that was well received.

The Austin Contemporary Ballet (ACB) was founded in 1986 in Austin, Texas as a non-profit organization under the direction of Randall Soileau. ACB focused on presenting contemporary and innovative works and was known for its ingenuity and originality. The Texas Youth Ballet was ACB's junior company directed by Deirdre O'Connor that provided a performance venue exclusively for aspiring your dancers in and around the Austin area. ACB also maintained a professional Academy providing a full curriculum of instruction for dancers of all ages. ACB was committed to the Austin community and staged free annual performances at the Zilker Hillside Theatre and had an outreach program for the Austin Independent School District. ACB grew to be Austin's second-largest ballet company. Greg Easley took over as artistic director in 1993 with a firm belief that ballet could appeal to the masses. Easley resigned in the spring of 1997 before the company disbanded because of financial troubles in 1998. In 1999, ACB, under the direction of Easley, returned to the stage briefly with a performance at the Youth Dance Festival.


Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection is comprised of materials documenting the performances of Austin Contemporary Ballet during Greg Easley's tenure as the Executive Director of the Austin Contemporary Ballet during the mid-1990s. Included are photographs, programs, flyers and newspaper reviews for performances of traditional ballets such as Cinderella and The Nutcracker as well original choreographed pieces by Easley and others. In addition, there are a few letters, cards and a telegraph written to Greg praising performances.


Arrangement

Collection arranged by material types.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Easley, Greg.
Organizations:
Austin Contemporary Ballet.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Ballet--Texas--Austin.
Dance--Texas--Austin.
Dance companies.

Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts - AR.1991.001 Performing Arts Collection (programs and posters dating 1989-1991, 1997)

Oral History Collection - Greg Easley interview Recording #3191 (interview about Stanley Hall)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Greg Easley Papers (AR.2014.051). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2013/011

Donation Date: 2014

Processing Information

Finding aid arranged and encoded by Molly Hults in 2015.

A few of the laminated newspapers were oversized and were photocopied.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Letters, cards, telegrams and notes, 1993-1995
2 Newspaper clippings, 1993-1999
3 Performance photographs, circa 1990s
4 Programs and event flyers, 1992-1997