Marla Brattain Hansen
Marla and her husband, Alfred Hansen, founded Idaho Dance Theatre in 1989. Since that time, she has choreographed over 67 ballets for IDT. Marla has collaborated numerous times with other artists including composers Eric Sandmeyer and David Allen Earnest, pianists Del Parkinson, and Mark Hansen, soprano Laura Rushing Raynes, just to name a few. Organizations include Opera Idaho’s Faust, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Orpheus and Euridici and the Boise Philharmonic Brass Quintet. An acclaimed teacher, Marla was named the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, “Dance Educator of the Year”. She was also one of the 2015 Women of the Year honored by the Idaho Business Review.
Marla is also an Associate Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Theatre Arts and directs the Dance Minor, the Dance Option BA Degree and the BSU-IDT Summer DanceFest workshop. Marla choreographs regularly for BSU Theatre and Music Department productions including Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Pippin, Into the Woods, Iolanthe, Cinderella, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Damn Yankees, to name a few Marla began her early professional training as a Harkness Ballet company trainee in New York City. She earned her BFA and MFA in ballet at the University of Utah while apprenticing with Ballet West. She then danced at Portland Ballet Company for three years and choreographed on several Northwest companies. From 1981 to 1989 she danced with American Festival Ballet in Idaho and was a teacher, ballet mistress, choreographer and acting artistic director. She choreographed the full-length Cinderella and Firebird. In 1988 she received the Idaho Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship for her Firebird choreography.
Technical Director : Lighting Designer
Before becoming IDT’s lighting master, Fred was a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. His dance experience gives him sensitivity to the needs of the choreographer and choreography. As a dancer, Fred performed modern dance in San Francisco and Chicago, and ballet with the Portland Ballet Company, Spokane Ballet, and as a principal dancer with the American Festival Ballet from 1981-88. He co-founded Idaho Dance Theatre in 1989 and performed and choreographed for many years. In 1991 he received the Idaho Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship in Dance. His numerous lighting design credits include BSU Theatre and Music Department productions, Idaho Theater for Youth, Boise Contemporary Theater, Balance Dance Company, Eagle Performing Arts Academy, among others.