The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has announced president and CEO Mario Garcia Durham will step down in April 2020. Mario became the fifth President and CEO of APAP in 2011 since its founding in 1957. Under his leadership, the APAP membership has continued to thrive and remain strong. Mario said:
“I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at APAP, not only in leading this organization during a critical time in our industry, but also in working with a diverse, talented and dynamic staff and board that have allowed me to serve this community in a thriving manner. I've always believed that part of being a good leader is not only by ensuring the health and future success of an organization, but also by anticipating leadership change as a way to secure opportunities for an organization's growth and transformation. I am excited to see what this new chapter for APAP brings our members.”
Mario is not retiring. He plans to continue to contribute to the performing arts field and to stay closely connected to the industry.
The APAP board is forming a search committee, and the search process is underway to find the next CEO and President of APAP; more details to be announced soon.