Meet our Staff

James Lemons
Executive Director

James comes to Lake Placid from the sunny shores of Florida and the blinding heat of Texas.  There he has spent the last 15 years managing some of the area's top non-profit regional theatres.  An accomplished director, James has more than 30 professional productions to his name.  When not at work, James can be found enjoying the latest movie, novel or enjoying the wonders of the Adirondack Park.

Tara Palen
Director of Education & Outreach

A lifelong seasonal resident of the Adirondacks, Tara moved to the area full time from Long Island in 2014 and spent the last 3 ½ years as the Managing Director of Pendragon Theatre. Tara spent many years as a professional actor, dancer, producer and director before turning her focus to arts education and management, receiving a BA in Arts Management and a Master's certification in Non Profit Management. Tara is also an accomplished professional cook, and when not in her kitchen or at the theatre, she can be found hiking with her dogs Gatsby & Remy, in her garden, and enjoying a good novel.

Jon Donk
Managing Director

Jon grew up in the arts haven of Ithaca, New York. During his teen years when he wasn't interning at a local theater, Jon was at his family's camp on Donk Lane in Newcomb, New York. Jon attended Montserrat College of Art. After school, he began his career as a staff member at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts while freelancing as a theater technician and designer throughout New York. Jon returned to his hometown as Audience Services Director of The Hangar Theatre where he worked on the Hangar for All Seasons campaign. He then moved to Florida Studio Theatre where he helped grow the subscription base to 10,000 subscribers. As Development Director, Jon and his team completed the Gompertz Theater Campaign, renovating a hundred-year-old theatre and building two new theatres as well as a restaurant. Throughout his career, Jon has worked to find the intersection between visual and performing arts. This interest pushed Jon to help found the LPCA's Gallery 46, now in its 8th year. The Gallery has sold more than 10,000 works of local art and has paid more than one million dollars to Adirondack artists. Jon is thrilled for the opportunity to bring his love of all art forms and passion for the communities of the Adirondacks to his role as Managing Director. Jon continues to serve as the curator for Gallery 46, while managing the day to day operations of the organization.

Alison Simcox
Director of Communications

Alison came to the LPCA after a decade of work at arts and education organizations in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA. She is an experienced program manager, music educator, and content strategist with a master's degree in Ethnomusicology who is thrilled to share stories about the ways our communities make meaning through art. Besides her interest in arts marketing, Alison is enthusiastic about being outdoors in the Adirondacks, home cooking, and making music with friends.

Anya Villeneuve
Associate Program Director

Anya joined the LPCA in 2009 as our Office Manager and Asst. Program Director.  She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Fine Arts and Psychology. An accomplished crafter, Anya loves making ceramics, soaps, and just about anything else that can be made with your hands.  An outdoor lover, Anya often spends her freetime on the moutains.  She has finished all 46 High Peaks with her dog Baxter and participates in the annual 90-miler canoe race!

Cade Grady
Maintenance Manager

Over the past 18 years, Cade has maintained the LPCA facilities, taking care of everything from sculpture installations to leaky faucets. Originally from Saranac Lake, Cade settled in Wilmington where he raised his daughter Saylor, now in school at SUNY Potsdam. When he isn't working on the LPCA campus, Cade spends time hiking, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling in the area.

Christian "Pepe" Serrano Godén
Technical Director

Pepe, hailing from Puerto Rico, is a dancer, choreographer, technical director, carpenter, rock climber and a recent transplant to the Adirondacks. After dancing through Puerto Rico and Miami he moved to New York City and shaped a decade-long career. For the past 20 years he has performed, taught, choreographed and worked in productions nationally and internationally. During the past 10 years he has focused on working backstage for theaters on the East Coast and in Europe. He recently fell in love with woodworking and has since sold work to theaters, businesses and homes. When he is not working he is a CrossFit coach, dance teacher, devoted husband and proud dad of a four legged pup.

Nick Attanasio
Production Manager

Nick comes to LPCA after spending the past 7 years overseeing all Theatre Programming and Productions at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Originally from Long Island, Nick has worn many hats in theatre such as acting, directing, producing, stage managing, stage combat choreography and playwriting. When not at work, Nick is spending time with his Boston Terrier dogs' Rocky and Mollie and his cat, Fredo. Nick is also a huge fan of 80's memorabilia and is an avid collector.

Tyler Nye
Program Associate

Tyler is happy to be back in the Adirondacks and fostering the arts! Originally from Keene Valley, Tyler spent several years living and working in New York City. His acting career includes credits in NYC, Saint Michael's Playhouse in VT, and eight seasons at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake (including Doubt, Deathtrap, Amadeus, Baskerville, and Shipwrecked!). It's full circle at LPCA for Tyler, who had his elementary school art displayed in our gallery and performed many times on the LPCA stage since grade school (more recently: Uncle Drosselmeyer in the North Country's Nutcracker 2017-2019 and the 2022 one-man "audacious theatrical experiment" White Rabbit Red Rabbit).

Paul Roeser
Program Associate

Paul has 6 years of experience working in the video/photography industry in Philadelphia, PA. Many of which were spent as a Freelancer as well as developing his skills as a street photographer. He enjoys capturing interesting people doing interesting things. He joined the LPCA when he moved up to the Adirondacks in December of 2021. Paul spends most of his time shooting photos of this vast and beautiful landscape where we are located, as well as producing content for our organization.

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Lake Placid Center for the Arts

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility.  Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. 

In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.

The Arts Center is the home of the Lake Placid School of Ballet, LPCA Children's Theatre, Community Theatre Players, as well as the Summer home of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Upcoming Events
09/26/22 - 06:30pm to 08:00pm

In-Person Class With Maxwell Starr

09/27/22 - 06:30pm to 08:30pm

In-Person Class with Joe Conto

09/28/22 - 06:00pm to 07:30pm

Online Class with Thom Williams

09/29/22 - 06:00pm to 07:30pm

Online Class with Thom Williams

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