Board of Trustees

Alexia Cooper (Secretary)

Mme Patricia Deane-Gray MBE

Carol Outerbridge

Cheryl Harney

Ally Tatem

Elaine Parker-Frost (Treasurer)

Joshua Correia (Deputy Chairman)

Honorary Trustees
Dr Marion Robinson

Don Jolliffe

Alexia Cooper - Trustee

Alexia Cooper, born in Bermuda, very early on developed a love for the arts. Mrs. Cooper's mother was an early student of Mme. Patricia Gray and so began Mrs. Cooper's love of the performing arts. Her love grew during her time spent living and working in England, France and Spain. Some of her greatest memories are the days spent visiting the Royal Academy of Arts in London as a friend.

Mrs. Cooper is the founder and administrator of the Peter Leitner Arts Scholarship, a cause close to her heart. Mrs. Cooper established such scholarship on behalf of family friend Margaret Leitner in memory of her architect husband, Peter.

Mrs. Alexia Cooper is a volunteer at the new Masterworks Museum.

Mrs. Cooper has been a member of the Board at Pomander Gate Tennis Club for 10 years, 8 of those spent as Secretary. This also coincided with her 10 year tenure running the Commercial Tennis League which annually donated in the region of $10,000 to the development of junior tennis in Bermuda.

Mrs. Cooper has also been a volunteer for the Bermuda Festival for the past few years, a role which has grown enormously in a very short space of time.

Mrs. Cooper is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.

In November 2001, Mrs. Cooper was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Civic and continues to serve in that capacity. Mrs. Cooper has strong administrative skills and has setup and managed the offices of various companies in Bermuda. These companies range from reinsurance to galvanized steel in Estonia and she brings these organizational skills to the Board of the Bermuda Civic Ballet.

Madame Patricia Deane-Gray, M.B.E. - Trustee

Patricia Deane-Gray, Bermudian by birth, has danced for as long as she can remember. She attended the Legat School of Ballet dancing with them in England and Europe, then with Madame Cleo Nordi at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then she attended the International Ballet School in Croatia with Madame Ana Roje. She later became a soloist with the National Theatre in Zagreb and travelled to New York City with Madame Ana Roje to Ballet Russe. She returned to London and obtained her teaching certificate from the Federation of Russian Ballet.

Returning home, Madame Gray taught in the school system for a year and then her own school, The School of Russian Ballet, until the mid 1990's.  She performed in many productions with The Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society.  Madame Gray also directed a series of programmes on ballet for television, Bermuda Ballet Week, pantomimes etc. She was instrumental in founding the Bermuda Ballet Association as well as Civic.

Internationally, Madame Gray has been very involved with the Legat Foundation, British Russian Ballet Society and the American
Society of Russian Ballet as she continues in her quest to extend the worldwide knowledge of both Nicholas Legat's and
Madame Ana Roje's teachings.

Madame Gray is a founding member of Civic, served as Director of Civic from 1972 to 1993 and became a trustee in 1993.
Elaine Parker-Frost - Trustee & Treasurer

Elaine Parker-Frost is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with 17 years experience in the insurance industry in Bermuda.  Before working in Bermuda she worked for a leading firm of chartered accountants in the UK in the audit and tax departments.  She became an Associate of the Charted Insurance Institute in 2002.  Ms Parker-Frost received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree from University of Reading, UK.

Ms Parker-Frost has been a member of Civic since 2009

 Ally Lusher Tatem - Trustee

Ally Lusher Tatem began dancing at the age of ten at the Somerset School, completing her Royal Academy of Dance examinations through to the Advanced 1 level. At thirteen she was accepted into the School of American Ballet, the Official School of the New York City Ballet, and attended the Summer Intensive Program from 2000-2002. In 2001 Ally continued her year-round training at the North Carolina School of the Arts (now UNCSA). During her time at SAB and NCSA, Ally was privileged to train with esteemed Balanchine ballerinas Suki Schorer and Melissa Hayden.

Throughout her training in Bermuda, Ally has been invited to attend masterclasses with renowned companies such as the Bolshoi Ballet and ABT. She has performed locally with Bermuda Civic Ballet since “Sylvia” in 1997, in Somerset School of Dancing’s biennial shows, The Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts, The Premier’s Concert, and during its inaugural years with In Motion presents The Nutcracker as Sugar Plum and Snow Queen. Ally continues to choreograph for Civic.

While earning her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Ally was a company member with Ballet Savannah and performed with the university’s dance department. Professionally, Ally is the co-founder and Vice President of Two & Quarter Photography Ltd which she operates with her husband, Mark. As a ballerina-turned-photographer Ally has been commissioned to capture the annual performances for dance schools across the island, as well as creating portfolio imagery for the many talented dancers and choreographers in Bermuda and abroad.

Ally also serves as an Executive Member of the Bermuda Historical Society, and as East End Division Chair for the Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Bermuda Civic Ballet as a Trustee in 2017.

Carol Taylor Outerbridge - Trustee

Carol Outerbridge is Bermudian and started ballet lessons at The School of Russian Ballet at the age of 8. She continued studying with Madame Patricia Gray until going to school and then college in England. She also studied under Madame Anna Roje at her summer schools in Bermuda.

Mrs. Outerbridge performed in the first production of the Bermuda Civic Ballet in 1972. Since then she has performed in or been involved with numerous Civic Ballet productions and is thrilled her daughter Catherine has also performed with the Bermuda Civic Ballet and attended several of the summer schools. 

Mrs. Outerbridge is a member of The Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation and is a supporter of the performing arts in Bermuda.

Mrs. Outerbridge is the Vice-President of Pembroke Tile & Stone Co Ltd and joined the Bermuda Civic Ballet as a Trustee in March 2009.

Joshua Correia - Trustee & Deputy Chairman

Joshua Correia is a long-time supporter of the Bermuda Civic Ballet. 10 years ago, Josh became involved to assist backstage and with the bar at shows, since then his assistance at Civic has included continuing backstage and bar roles, and helping with visiting performers and choreographers. However when the need for non-dancing bodies on stage arises, Josh is willing to don the required costume to ensure the show go on!

Josh graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a bachelor's degree in human biology and law prior to completing his master's degree in human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh. A long-time volunteer with both the Bermuda Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Bermuda, Josh believes firmly in importance of arts programs in all areas of our community. 

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