Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Joined OKC Ballet in 2012
Autumn Klein, originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and was a member of Houston Ballet II before joining Texas Ballet Theatre. During this time, she won several awards, including first place at the Youth America Grand Prix in Denver, Colorado.
Klein joined Oklahoma City Ballet in 2012 and was promoted to soloist in 2016. In 2022, she was promoted to principal as she enters her tenth season with Oklahoma City Ballet.
Her repertoire with Oklahoma City Ballet includes featured roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Helen Pickett’s Petal, Margo Sappington’s Cobras in the Moonlight, Amy Seiwert’s Dear Miss Cline, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Nacho Duato’s Without Words, George Balanchine’s Serenade and The Four Temperaments, Jessica Lang’s To Familiar Spaces in Dream, Bryan Pitts’ Variations for Six, and Jerome Robbins’ 2 & 3 Part Inventions. She has also created roles in works by Matthew Neenan, Brian Enos, Sarah Tallman, DaYoung Jung, Carrie Ruth Trumbo, Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Robert Mills, and Penny Saunders.
She has performed many lead roles including the Cowgirl in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Wendy in Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan, Le Corsaire Grand Pas, Sugar Plum Fairy in Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, Mills’ Romeo & Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux, Queen of Hearts in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), Carabosse and Lilac Fairy in Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula.
Outside her dance experience, she double majored in biochemistry and genetics at Texas A&M University and received presidential and congressional medals for volunteer service. Additionally, she created a style of pointe dance-painting which has been featured by Buzzfeed and her artwork has sold internationally. She would like to thank her husband, family, and four kitties for their continual support.