Theresa Farrell, a retired ballerina, benefit auctioneer, and fundraising consultant, is based in Los Angeles. Her clientele includes organizations such as The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Girls Inc Los Angeles, The Elysian Valley Arts Collective, Wild Up, Monday Evening Concerts, The Realm Company, Kerisma, and American Contemporary Ballet, among others.
For The Wende Museum, Theresa serves as a Development Specialist, focusing on major gift cultivation, special events, donor stewardship, and strategic organizational development. Notably, she co-founded the American Contemporary Ballet, where she held the position of Executive Director from 2010 to 2020. During her tenure, she led all fundraising and substantially expanded the company’s annual budget from $80,000 to $1.2 million and oversaw seventy performances per season, all accompanied by live music. Theresa performed with the company and her repertoire includes the great classical masterworks, Balanchine, and new works.
As a ballerina her performance credits extend to engagements with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Dita von Teese New Year’s Gala. Additionally, she appeared in commercials for prominent brands like Verizon, Facebook, and Virgin Mobile. (her full dance bio can be seen here)
Theresa contributes her expertise as a board member of the Elysian Valley Arts Collective and as part of the Fundraising Committee for Girls Inc. She resides in Malibu with her partner, their son, and their dog.