Anna Peabody (she/her) joined AGMA’s Professional Staff as Western Business Representative on February 14, 2022.
Originally from Pasadena, Maryland, Peabody connected with the Arts early on, starting dance classes at age three. She spent her high school years at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland and her summers studying at the Boston Ballet and Chautauqua Institution. Following high school, Peabody began studying ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an Outside Field in Elementary Education.
Prior to graduating, she began working with BalletX in Philadelphia, PA, where she performed nationally including at The Joyce Theater in New York and the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado. In the Fall of 2019, she began working with the Nevada Ballet Theater (NBT) in Las Vegas, where she was part of the organizing effort and discovered her passion for advocating for artists while working with AGMA as a Delegate.
She retired from performing professionally in 2021 and began working as a member of AmeriCorps VISTA with the Salt Lake City Office of the Mayor. During her time with the Mayor’s Office, she helped develop the early stages of a city program focused on community activation and revitalization.
Peabody is thrilled to be working with AGMA artists again in this new capacity. As Western Business Representative, she will be responsible for infusing member engagement, participation, and education into all aspects of AGMA activities. She will work side-by-side with Western Executive Nora Heiber in bargaining and enforcing contracts and in handling member issues and grievances with a number of AGMA signatory companies including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Diego Opera, and San Francisco Symphony Chorus.