The NAPAMA Board has 12 volunteer Directors who are responsible for the overall operation of the organization. The Board Executive Committee, chosen and approved by the full Board, proposes direction and focus for the year and the full Board approves these proposals and budget for the year. The Board also appoints the NAPAMA committees and each Director serves on one or more of these committees as well.
David Wannen, President
David Wannen, singer, actor, and Executive Director of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, is thrilled to lead NAPAMA as president. David graduated from The Eastman School of Music in Vocal Performance. His early professional career included four seasons with Ohio Light Opera and national tours of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Camelot" with the late Robert Goulet. David was honored with a nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his work as Lancelot in "Camelot" with Media Theater. Since 2004, audiences on both coasts and everywhere in between have seen David perform with NYGASP as The Pirate King ("The Pirates of Penzance") and in the title role in "The Mikado". In 2005 David received a post-baccalaureate in Business from Columbia University, accepted an offer to join NYGASP's management, and became full-time in 2007. David led the initiative to bring national booking representation in-house, and since 2007-2008 David has been the sole official representative of the company in the touring market. His other responsibilities include fundraising, marketing, board development and strategic planning. As a NAPAMA Board member, David authored the 2013 Performing Arts Market Study and served as VP Membership from 2012-2015, a period that saw over 100% growth in NAPAMA active members. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his wife Jamé and their three children, Olivia, Sam and Cole.
Jeff Laramie, Vice-President, Professional Development
Jeff Laramie has been part of the national artist touring, recording and concert industry for 35 years. President of SRO Artists Inc. since 1980, Laramie holds a BA degree in Music from Luther College, has toured extensively and made six recordings as a performer, and has been a leader in industry education. He was the first board president of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir in Madison, WI, served on the NACA Associate Member Advisory Board, WAA Communications Committee, Inside Arts Advisory Committee, APAP/Arts Partners Review Panel and the NAPAMA Education Committee. Laramie has led numerous workshops on contract negotiation, web site design, computerizing your business, ethics, marketing, and artist development.
Chrissie B. DiAngelus, Vice-President, Membership & Communications
Chrissie is the owner and founder of Piccadilly Arts, a creative company that has worked with entrepreneurs, artists, businesses in the for profit and non profit sector to master their marketing and communications.
After five adventurous years of focusing the business on artist representation in nonprofit arts, Chrissie chose to refocus on her first love and her biggest strength - marketing. Recognizing and embracing the changing times in which we work, she saw that her best work could address clients' deeper challenges and better serve and position them as business and community leaders. She approaches consulting and project work with a sense of adventure, collaboration and creativity.
Chrissie provides marketing mentoring, coaching, workshops and other resources to her clients. Highlights include her continued work with Pig Iron Theatre Company, particularly the SWAMP IS ON collaboration with indie rock band Dr. Dog, her project work with Darrah Carr Dance (marketing STAM-PEDE and securing prestigious engagements at The New Victory Theatre and Jacob's Pillow Dance) and Parallel Exit (currently the creative team behind Big Apple Circus and selected as 2012 IPAY Juried Showcase Artist and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 14/15 Mid Atlantic Tour Roster) and as board member service with NAPAMA where she heads up the communications. She has served on showcase panels and presented professional development sessions on marketing at industry conferences. Other favorite memories and achievements include her 2008 interview on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the PennPAT funding program, securing a partnership between PennPAT with with local indie radio station WXPN, and various marketing projects over the years with Baylin Artists.
Prior to launching Piccadilly Arts, Chrissie spent three years as the Program Associate with Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation) and two years as an Artist Representative with Baylin Artists Management and she currently serves as the part-time marketing associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Philadelphia based OBIE winning ensemble based company. She is a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA and holds a BS in Management and a Minor in Fine Arts with concentrations in photography and ceramics.
Hank Knerr, Secretary
Hank Knerr serves as the executive director of the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, promoting, and presenting nearly 200 in-house and touring visual and performing arts events and projects each year. In his position, he also oversees extensive arts-in-education outreach activities, the IUP Community Music School, and performance facilities management. He currently serves as president of PA Presenters and is also on the board of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. Previous positions include faculty and director of public relations for theater at Minnesota State University—Mankato, faculty and business manager for the theater at the University of Northern Iowa, managing director of the Mankato Ballet, general manager for the Mule Barn Theater in Missouri, and free-lance web designer and award-winning graphic designer. Highly active in state and national arts advocacy and arts-in-education programs, he has chaired several professional conferences and headed the planning for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governors Awards for the Arts.
The Lively Arts
College of Fine Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
202 Performing Arts Center
Indiana, PA 15705
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Laurel Canan, Treasurer
Laurel Canan has a wonderful range of experience and perspective both as a successful presenter (Janesville Performing Arts Center in Janesville, Wisconsin) and most recently as a booking agent (CMI Entertainment - Midwest representative).
When Laurel served as the Executive Director of JPAC, she brought artists such as Tony Bennett, Donny Osmond, Christopher Cross, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cantible-The London Quartet, Robin Spielberg, and two performances by Franc D'Ambrosio to the Center. Laurel also programmed a wide variety of other programs and children's theatre companies for the JPAC season rosters. She has extensive experience in all facets of arts management, organization strategic planning, fundraising and development, and arts organization start-up.
Laurel has participated in the Prairie Arts Management Institute at Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Professional Arts Management Institute at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. She also attended the national conferences sponsored by Americans for the Arts. She served as a State Captain for Arts Wisconsin working on arts advocacy issues around the state.
Laurel holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, focus of study was Administrative Organizations and Management. Laurel also holds undergraduate degrees (a Bachelor of Science and Associates Degree) in Legal Administration and Paralegal Studies.
In 2010 Laurel became a member of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN) board. She was also asked to be Co-Chair of the 2011 OAPN Conference. She is currently manager of Center Productions, Inc. in New York.
Jerry Ross, Immediate Past President
As co-founder and vice-president of Harmony Artists, Jerry Ross has been involved with the presentation of live entertainment for over 35 years. From his early beginnings representing dance bands for the local club scene to the current roster of Harmony shows – ranging from theatre to music to variety and more – Jerry has maintained his love for the immediacy and intimacy of the live performance. Harmony Artists' current areas of operation include not only artist and show representation but talent/entertainment/show procurement for performing arts centers, festivals, fairs, casinos/nightclubs and corporate clients. He has served on the Showcase Committee and Professional Development Committee for the Western Fair Association, and has led workshops and roundtable programs for The Florida Federation of Fairs, Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs and The Western Fair Association. He was also recently named Service Member of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs.
Andrew Delicata is the President of KMP Artists and joined as a partner in 2008. Andrew has over fifteen years of marketing experience (qualitative, quantitative and communications strategy), with an emphasis on arts marketing and small business management since joining KMP. Andrew happily manages the fun stuff, i.e. contracts and spreadsheets. Andrew can also be found in the marketplace much of the time and looks forward to expanding his involvement in industry organizations to further opportunities for artists and their representatives. In the past 8 years, Andrew has produced and done the logistics planning for hundreds of events worldwide. He is also the visa specialist at KMP.
Andrew’s early career includes a broad base of marketing experience. At Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Andrew worked as a Brand and Marketing Consultant; at Lieberman Research Worldwide he developed surveys for entertainment corporations; and at the City of Chicago Andrew worked closely with mission-based non-profit organizations throughout the city. Andrew earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, which is also his undergraduate alma mater.
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Lynn Fisher has worked in performing arts management and booking for over 25 years and is the director of Frontera Arts. Lynn began her career in performing arts as an actress and cabaret singer in Chicago. In 1991 she moved to Texas and started working for Western and Southern Arts Associates (now Holden & Arts Associates) and went on to start her own company Fisher Arts Groups, representing a boutique roster of artists in theater, dance and music. Over the years, she has worked in collaboration with Holden & Arts Associates, Artsource Management, Kid’s Entertainment and Roth Arts.
She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked extensively with Latino artists and communities in the U.S. as well as managing and booking Mexican contemporary performing artists. Since 2004 she has been the manager for Delfos Danza Contemporanea of Mazatlan, Mexico, and in 2009 was inspired to create Frontera Arts as a means to facilitate, maintain and deepen an ongoing dialogue in the performing arts between the U.S. and Latin America. Frontera Arts specializes in project management and consulting for U.S. and Latin American performing artists and arts organizations as well booking and managing performing artists. She served as a consultant, produced and managed a 5-week U.S. tour for Delfos through the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. She has conducted professional development workshops for Western Arts Alliance, Arts Northwest, Texas Commission on the Arts and was a featured speaker for Artes Américas in Argentina and Brazil. In November of 2009, she worked as a bilingual consultant and cross-cultural coordinator for the city of Los Angeles and the National Endowment of the Arts on the Feria Internacional del Libro, the largest book fair in Latin America, in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2010 she worked in collaboration with Western Arts Alliance to develop and produce Instituto Mazatlan. Lynn served on the board of Dance Umbrella for 4 years and for 3 years as a panelist on the City of Austin, Theater Advisory Panel and most recently a panelist for the City of San Antonio Department for Cultural and Creative Development. Lynn resides in Austin, Texas.
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Chad Herzog has served as the director of the performing arts at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, since October 2006 and curator of the College’s performance series since 2002. Since taking over the program, participation in the arts at Juniata has increased by over 600%. Chad serves on the board of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Gotham Arts Exchange, FOCUS Dance, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, and on the executive board of Penn State Public Broadcasting. He has served on the boards of Pennsylvania Presenters, Big Brother Big Sisters Huntingdon County, Huntingdon Arts Festival, and the Huntingdon County Arts Council. When not seeking out the latest technology trends, his mission is to investigate and implement audience development techniques through curation in the arts. Chad created and developed articulture, a community supported arts program; serves as an executive producer on the soon to be released feature film Spell (2013); and is the producer of One Radio Host, Two Dancers: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass in concert. Chad has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
"This Bayou Man, Mister MOJO, and his troupe of near-mad musical provocateurs, have poured Louisiana Fire on audiences across the planet for over a quarter century... Few performers can lift an audience like Mojo, star of the Bayou Gypsies... According to Performing Arts Center Directors, Fans, and Producers interviewed, none match the unbridled fever this charismatic singer/accordionist brings to the stage. And they are nowhere near finished with the mission." Syndicated News Network
Thrilling audiences Worldwide since 1985, MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies have made millions of people happy with their concerts, and enriched the lives of countless children with their Arts Outreach!
Performing since 1962, MOJO has appeared on PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, Superstation WGN, FOX, and CMT TV Networks, put out 15 albums of original MOJO Music certified by the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and is the historian who got the Zydeco Rubboard into the Smithsonian Institution.
MOJO is Executive Producer of historic documentaries, is an International Music Ambassador for the State of Louisiana, and is an active advocate for the Arts working with many of America's top Arts Agencies as a member, speaker and Mentor.
He's also an actor appearing in movies and television, and is a featured star on CMT's "Swamp Pawn" (you'll see MOJO in the opening credits every week!), and on "Swamp Girls Gone Crazy!" based in the Louisiana Bayous! A recipient of three Shriners Hospitals for Children humanitarian awards, MOJO 's charitable performances have raised millions of dollars for worthy causes.
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Currently the Director of Tour Engagements for Paul Taylor Dance Company (New York), Tim has worked in various management roles with creative companies including Cirque du Soleil, The Joffrey Ballet, and Livent, in addition to Presenting organizations such as The Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago), Auditorium Theatre (Chicago) and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas). He has also been involved with large-scale project operations that span marathons to corporate meetings to municipal festival events. He is a trained Mediator, USSF Soccer Referee, and attended both the University of Evansville and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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Elizabeth Roth is the director of Roth Arts, a booking and management company overseeing the touring activities of preeminent performing artists, with a particular interest in the traditional music of Ireland. She has produced U.S. and international tours for some of Ireland’s most distinguished traditional artists over the past twenty years and previously for contemporary dance companies.
Liz toured internationally as a young movement theatre artist, is a creative writer, and has vast experience working with inspired individuals in the worlds of dance, theater and music.
She was the first agent to serve on the board of Arts Northwest, was a member of the board of the Western Arts Alliance and was the first non-presenter to serve as an advisor to the National Dance Project. Liz was also the co-founder of the Women’s Working Group, a support group/think tank for women in the performing arts whose membership includes agents, presenters, artists and service organization executives.
Liz was a long-time resident of Seattle, Washington and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Kevin Spencer is an educator, researcher, writer, and artist. He believes in the power of the arts to make a difference in people’s lives.
Spencer is widely considered the leading authority on the therapeutic use of magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation. He is the founder of the HEALING OF MAGIC program, a systematic approach to integrating magic tricks into rehabilitation therapy. His continuing education organization has the Approved Provider Status of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Spencer is an Education Researcher who is engaged in the study of the benefits of arts integration in the learning process of children, including those considered at-risk and with learning challenges. His groundbreaking research has been published in two leading education journals: the Journal of the International Association of Special Education (July 2012) and the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education (December 2012). He is the founder of the HOCUS FOCUS project and the author of an 11-week, magic trick based curriculum with activities that align to National and Common Core State Standards of Learning. Spencer has his Certification in Autism Studies and is in the process of receiving his certification as a Qualified Autism Services Practitioner.
Kevin Spencer is an Artist. Spencer performs with his wife, Cindy, and tours internationally with one of the largest and most respected illusion productions in the world. They have performed in 19 countries on 5 continents. Their production, THEATRE OF ILLUSION, is a combination of storytelling, state-of-the-art technology, original theatrical elements, and sophisticated stage illusions that take their audiences to the brink of impossibility. They have been named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year for a record breaking six consecutive years as well as International Magicians of the Year.
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