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Association of Performing Arts Presenters Announces New Key Staff Appointments

Monday, July 16, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: ISPA

On Friday, July 13th ISPA member organization the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) announced the appointment of new key staff positions.

Read the full press release distributed by APAP below. You can also find the article in the APAP Press Room here.

Washington, DC (July 13, 2012) - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), the national arts service organization for the performing arts presenting and touring field, added impact to its full-time staff with the appointment of Gil Gonzalez as director of conference and meetings and Lynne Kingsley as director of marketing and communications.

Gil Gonzalez has begun his post as director of the APAP global conference and marketplace, APAP|NYC. Bringing APAP 10 years of conference planning experience for meetings ranging from 100-9,000 attendees, Mr. Gonzalez comes to the position following John Fernandez who stepped down earlier this year. Mr. Fernandez continues to work as a consultant to Mr. Gonzalez ensuring a smooth transition of leadership as planning for APAP|NYC 2013 moves forward.

Former executive director of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the DC-based national member association for theater and education professionals, Lynne Kingsley joins the APAP team as director of marketing and communications. In addition to her national membership and conference experience, Ms. Kingsley brings extensive knowledge of next-generation marketing through her work at Invenda Corporation, an interactive marketing firm. Ms. Kingsley also spent time as a New York actress and fashion executive.
APAP President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham says, "APAP|NYC attendees deserve the most qualified and service-oriented planning team. With Mr. Gonzalez's experience and dedicated work ethic, paired with the creative marketing talents of Ms. Kingsley, APAP|NYC 2013 is poised to be the most accomplished and engaging conference yet."

Mr. Gonzalez earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University and is one conference away from recognition as a Certified Meeting Professional. He has worked both on staff and as a consultant for associations such as the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Society for Engineering Education. His work at Smith Bucklin Corporation included in-depth training on best practices needed for the country's most high-profile meetings and conferences. Mr. Gonzalez lives in Arlington, VA, enjoys sailing and playing golf, and spends much of his time volunteering at the DC Central Food Kitchen.

Ms. Kingsley is an honor graduate of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Ms. Kingsley began her career as a Macy's East buyer for dresses and suits. She acted and taught in theaters for young audiences in England and Scotland, and performed stand-up comedy in New York and London before moving to Washington, DC to work for an interactive marketing firm. Prior to joining the APAP staff, she served as executive director of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Kingsley served on the leadership team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, on the advisory council for the Arts Education Partnership and continues to serve on the arts education council for Americans for the Arts. Ms. Kingsley lives in Clarksburg, MD, with her husband Ronnie and two children, Charlotte and Imogen.

About the Association of Performing Arts Presenters
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters, based in Washington, DC, is the national service and advocacy organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 4,500 national and international members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President & CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference - the world's leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (Jan. 11-15, 2013) - APAP continues to be the industry's leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

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