The Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational, arts, and cultural organization.

Our Mission
The mission of the Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences.

The Center for the Performing Arts Staff


Jeffrey C. McDermott


Jeffrey C. McDermott is a collaborative leader with years of experience in management, business growth and problem-solving, most recently as a longtime partner at law firm Krieg DeVault LLP.

A Carmel resident for over 30 years, McDermott joined the Board of Directors for the Center for the Performing Arts in 2010, prior to the opening of the Palladium. He has since served the Center's Board in multiple capacities, including as a member of its Executive Committee, Development Committee, Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee and as its legal counsel.

In 2011, McDermott joined the Board of Directors of the Great American Songbook Foundation as its second Board Chairman. During his tenure, the Foundation permanently affiliated with the Center, attracted new members to its national Board of Directors, increased its donor base, significantly added to its archives, and expanded its national Songbook Academy to every state in the continental United States.

McDermott was named Interim President/CEO in 2016 and accepted a permanent, full-time appointment to the position in August 2017. 


Michael Feinstein 

Artistic Director


Michael Feinstein is a multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist and pianist known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” More than an entertainer, he is nationally recognized for his commitment to American popular song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for future generations. In addition to serving as artistic director, Feinstein performs frequently at the Center and assists with programming.


Susan Springirth
Chief Financial Officer


Christie Gardner
Director of Human Resources


Cynthia Ille


Nancy Hamilton
Accounting & HR Manager


Michele Oakley
Accounting Specialist


Lisa Stanke
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison


Maryan Douglas
Administrative Assistant


Douglas Tatum
Vice President of Programming


Julia Shildmyer-Heighway
Director of Education & Community Engagement


Krista Layfield

Education & Community Engagement Assistant


Michael Pettry
Vice President of Development


Kendra Latta
Director of Individual Development


Braden Hurley
Director of Partnership Development


Sheila Delaney
Development Strategy & Research Manager


Robin Briskey
Annual Fund & Corporate Relations Manager


Tara Eubanks
Individual Giving Associate


Mark Truett
Vice President of Marketing & Communications


Becky Lee Meacham
Director of Marketing


Scott Hall
Director of Communications


John A. Moskal II
Business Intelligence Administrator


Katie Breden

Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator


Kalie Clark
Graphics Production Coordinator


Brian Seitz
Director of Patron Services and Organizational Core Values


Chandler Appleby
Steve Moore
Patron Services Supervisors

Sheryl Mullins
Patron Services Concierge

Bill Eckert

Lindy Siefker

Patron Services Representatives

Jeff Steeg
Vice President of Operations


Ramona Adams
Director of Event Sales


Laura Varnau
Event Manager


Francie Cohen
Event Manager


Sharon Holyoak
Gift Shop Manager; Volunteer Coordinator


Lisa Hillard
Director of Beverages


Cindy Teeters
Lead House Manager


Kelley Johnson
Marilyn Melangton
Kim Moe
Lisa Thornberry
Erica Bernstein
Jennifer Kaufmann
Christian Starnes
Rhonda Daly

House Managers

Ed Penman
Facility Manager


Ryan Gray
Maintenance Engineer



Tim Todd
Director of Production


Lisa Posson
Assistant Director of Production


Jared McGowan
Lighting Director


Devin Schonsheck
Lead Audio Engineer


Joe Wisner
Technical Director, The Studio Theater


Joshua Hasty
Technical Director, The Tarkington


Ben Dobler
Lead Video Engineer


Jacki Pollnow 
Production Technician


Ellen Kingston
Concierge Services Manager


Karen Knotts
Artist Concierge


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