Gwinnett Ballet Theatre was founded in 1977 by Lynn Snipes, becoming the first performing non-profit organization in Gwinnett County. The original mission continues: to provide local students with the training and performing experience necessary for a professional dance career while serving the community with entertainment, outreach, and education.
Following Ms. Snipes, Lisa Sheppard Robson took over as Artistic Director and provided 15 years of nurturing leadership. Under Ms. Robson's tenure, GBT produced many dancers who became notable professional dancers around the world, including Princess Grace Award winner, Alessandra James (Charlotte Ballet), Jessica Collado (Houston Ballet), Robert Dekkers (Post:Ballet in San Fransisco), among many others dancing across the country. In 2011, Wade Walthall joined GBT as Artistic Director, and continued the tradition of excellence. Mr. Walthall presented two regional premieres, Journey and Pictures, which GBT performed in 2014 & 2015.
Originally located in Snellville, GA, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre moved to a new state-of-the-art studio space in Lawrenceville in 2012. The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre performance season includes three major productions each year performed at the Infinite Energy Theatre in Duluth, GA. GBT's most popular performance and holiday gift to the community is The Nutcracker. In 2018, GBT will mark our 37th annual production of The Nutcracker! Our Nutcracker is the second largest production of this holiday classic in the Northeast Georgia/Metro Atlanta area, offering 16 performances over 3 weekends in December, reaching over 12,000 audience members annually!