Administration and Leadership

Clint Riley
President & CEO

Clint Riley received his MBA from Cox School of Business and his MA in Arts Management from Meadows School of the Arts, both schools at Southern Methodist University. He graduated magna cum laude from the College of Santa Fe with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mixed Media Printmaking. He also studied economics and arts management at L’università commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and painting and drawing at The Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Mr. Riley brings a wealth of experience from his time as a marketing projects manager and box office manager for The Santa Fe Opera. Additionally, he worked for Dallas Theater Center, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Prior to his arts management career, Mr. Riley worked in administration for a real estate investment trust, specializing in retail and event marketing and property management. He is a former board member of the Irving Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe New Music.

Sheyna Ferraro
Dance Conservatory Director

Sheyna Ferraro received her early training at Eastside Ballet Centre in Arizona. While she credits most of her training to Constance Stine she was also provided the opportunity to work with Cheri Noble and Jillana. In 2002 Ms. Ferraro graduated from Texas Christian University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with her Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance. During her years in the TCU Dance Department she had the privilege to work with many talented teachers and choreographers including the late Fernando Bujones, Li-Chou Cheng, Sean Curran, Elizabeth Gillaspy and Kerry Kreiman.

Even before graduating from TCU Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs in the area. From 2002 until 2004 she was a company member with Contemporary Ballet Dallas working with wonderful choreographers including Cynthia Stanley and Holly Williams. Then from 2006 until 2008 she performed with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth directed by Kerry Kreiman. Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship which allowed her to attend their professional level program in 2012. In the summer of 2014 she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance.

This is Ms. Ferraro’s thirteenth year as a dance faculty member at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts where she teaches 6th - 12th grade dance and directs the Academy Dance Company and Dance Company II. Ms. Ferraro enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students and challenging them to grow as artists.

2018-2019 Board of Directors