Born in 1984 and from Mandeville, Louisiana, Tobin Eason began his ballet training at age seven at the Apetrei Dance Center. At age 11, he transferred to the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, LA, He continued his professional training through the School of American Ballet, where he received a full scholarship in 2000.
While at SAB, Tobin was awarded the Nureyev Foundation Scholarship Award. In the summer of 2001, he attended ABT’s Summer Intensive Program on full scholarship. Tobin Eason joined the ABT Studio company the same year. Eason was hired by American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the Company’s corps de ballet in April 2003.
He has performed in roles with ABT in La Fille mal gardée, Petrouchka, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, The Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, Eugene Onegin, Theme and Variations, La Bayadere, Rodeo, Fall River Legend, Twlya Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen and Brahm’s Hayden Variations, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Company B, Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, Kurt Jooss’s The Green Table, and Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Pillar of Fire and The Leaves are Fading, to name a few.
At Ballet Theatre, Mr. Eason worked with choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Paul Taylor, Tywla Tharp, Azure Barton, Jessica Lang, as well as dancers and coaches Natalia Makorova, Kevin Mckenzie, Irina Kolpakova, Susan Jaffe, and Gelsley Kirkland.
After leaving Abt in 2012, Tobin continues to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He has danced in the operas of Aida, Die Zauberflote and the The Magic Flute, Rusalka, Tannhauser, Mefistofile, Arabella, Queen of Spades, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Tales of Hoffman, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Die Zauberflote, Werther, and Die Fledermaus.
In addition, Mr. Eason is on the faculty at Joffrey Ballet School and is a painter and sells his artwork online and upon request.