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The Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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.


Maryan Douglas
Executive Assistant


Dan Kemer
Vice President of Programming


Julia Shildmyer-Heighway
Director of Education & Community Engagement


Krista Layfield

Education Associate & Volunteer Coordinator


Kendra Latta, CFRE
Vice President of Development


Ana Hammersley
Director of Individual Development


Braden Hurley
Director of Partnership Development


Sheila Delaney
Director of Development Strategy & Research


Tara Eubanks
Donor Stewardship & Partner Fulfillment Manager


Madison Miazgowicz
Annual Fund & Gift Entry Manager


Mark Truett
Vice President of Marketing & Communications


Becky Lee Meacham
Director of Marketing


Scott Hall
Director of Communications


Katie Breden

Social Media Manager


Kalie Clark
Design Manager


Brian Seitz
Director of Patron Services and Organizational Core Values


Chandler Appleby
Steve Moore
Patron Services Managers

Sheryl Anastas
Patron Services Concierge

Bill Eckert
Kate Ochwat
Jane Caskey

Patron Services Associates

Jeff Steeg
Vice President of Finance & Operations


Cynthia Ille
Director of Finance & Controller


Nancy Hamilton
Accounting & HR Manager


Michele Oakley
Accounting Specialist


Jason Butrum
Director of Safety and Security

John A. Moskal II
Business Intelligence Manager


Ed Penman
Director of Facilities


Ryan Gray
Maintenance Engineer


Tim Todd
Vice President of Event Production


Lisa Hillard
Director of Beverages


Ellen Kingston
Director of Creative Events


Ramona Adams
Director of Events


Lisa Posson
Director of Production


Laura Varnau
Event Manager


Cindy Teeters
Lead House Manager

Kim Moe
Erica Bernstein
Jennifer Kaufmann
Dianne Bonnici
House Managers


Karen Knotts
Artist Concierge Manager


Jacki Pollnow 
Production Manager


Devin Schonsheck
Lead Audio Engineer


Ben Dobler
Lead Video Engineer


Jared McGowan
Lighting Director


Joe Wisner
Technical Director, The Studio Theater


Joshua Hasty
Technical Director, The Tarkington


Greg Cox
Production Technician




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