David Hartenstein has worked with a variety of theatre and dance companies in the San Francisco/Bay Area including the Laney College Theatre, the Pacific Dance Theatre and was the founding director of the Bay Area Dance Series. As the stage manager for the City Arts and Lecture Series at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Mr. Hartenstein worked with a range of authors and playwrights, including Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Lamott, Tom Wolfe and Calvin Trillin. Mr. Hartenstein has been with Diablo Ballet since 1997.


THOMAS ROBERTS – Technical Director

Thomas Roberts, born in Stanford, has worked in theater as an electrician and main technical lead for over twenty years. He spent ten years with the Grateful Dead as a sound and lighting engineer as well as various bands including the Dick Bright Orchestra and Cold Blood with Lydia Pence. In 2004 he joined Diablo Ballet as Technical Lead and became the Ballet’s Technical Director in 2017.


JACK CARPENTER – Lighting Designer

Jack Carpenter has designed lighting and scenery for Dance, Music, Theater, and Opera. His work can be seen with such varied companies as San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Chanticleer, Women’s Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Rep, Oakland Ballet, Joe Goode Performance Group, ODC/San Francisco, Zaccho Dance Theatre, Lili Cai Chinese Dance, Flyaway Productions, Eureka Theatre, as well as 6 years of design work for Diablo Ballet. His work has been seen in Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, New York Metropolitan Museum, Davies Symphony Hall, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Detroit Opera House, Walker Arts Center and in most major metropolitan areas of this country.

Notable productions for Mr. Carpenter include the premiere of Angels In America for the Eureka Theater Company, Walk Before Talk, Lost Their Footing, and Carmen for Diablo Ballet, Picture: Powderhorn/Redhook for Zaccho Dance Theatre, Beauty Queen of Leenane for Berkeley Repertory Theater, Thirsting for Oakland Ballet with a live musical performance by Zap Mama, Gender Heroes and Folk for Joe Goode Performance Group, and MLADA for SF Symphony. Mr. Carpenter has received four Bay Area Critics Circle Awards, and four Isadora Duncan Awards for lighting design. Mr. Carpenter has been Diablo Ballet’s lighting designer since 1996.