The perfect team - Decades of professional experience on world class productions.
Deborah Rogers, Artistic Director
Deborah Rogers, originally from Houston, Texas, began dancing at the age of three at the Hallie Pritchard School of Dance. Ms. Rogers trained with Lynette Mason Gregg, founder of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston, Rogelio Rodriquez, Glen Hunsucker, and the Delia Stewart Dance Center to name a few. Continuing her education she attended San Jacinto College while also guest teaching at several well-recognized studios in the Houston area. Ms. Rogers danced professionally from 1974 to 1986 then retired to spend time with her children.
Ms. Rogers moved to New Mexico in 1990 and began teaching class to less fortunate kids in the small town of Weed. In 1995, she opened Cloudcroft Academy of Ballet. In September 2001, Ms. Rogers moved to Ruidoso to open another school of dance. Now in her fifteenth year with 75 students and a 6,000 square foot facility, she is creating tremendous opportunities for the children of Ruidoso and surrounding communities. Ms. Rogers has directed and produced many familiar classical ballets, as well as her own original works. Her production repertory includes The Wizard of Oz, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Cinderella, Terra Aqua, Celtic Quest, Marisha’s Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Thumbelina, The Leprechaun’s Gift, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Giselle, Paquita, Le Corsaire and The Firebird.
Robert Phaup, Executive Director
Bob started his career in stage production over 37 years ago and has developed an extensive history spanning all varieties of professional shows including ballet, opera, Broadway, film and music concerts. His specialty has always been dance and has worked on productions for many of the world’s leading companies including Houston and San Francisco Ballet as well as the Bolshoi and numerous contemporary dance troupes. After 9 years as Technical Director and Lighting Designer with Ballet El Paso, he branched out spending 15 years traveling the world with many concert tours including Stevie Nicks, Yanni, Genesis, Billy Joel and Lord of the Dance among a few. After 5 world tours as Production Manager and set designer for Alice Cooper, Bob decided to settle down in Ruidoso, NM taking over his current position as Technical Director for the Spencer Theater. Bob met Deborah Rogers shortly after arriving at the theater in 2001 and a 14 year relationship began. “Together we saw a great opportunity to combine our professional skills and through this non-profit organization, provide a unique experience for the children and community of Lincoln County.”