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.

Erin Walkow
Director of Development

Erin Walkow has joined the Lake Placid Center for the Arts after 19 years with the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. During her tenure she served in a variety of development roles, and for the last two as the Associate Director of Philanthropy working very closely with the Chapter Director and the development team in New York City to raise funds to support their work in the Adirondacks. She lives in Saranac Lake with her husband, whom she met while performing with the Community Theater Players at the LPCA, and their two young daughters, who are now performing on the very same stage. They can be found on the slopes of Whiteface in the winter and on the water of Lower Saranac Lake in the summer, and at pretty much any show the LPCA has to offer.

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
Director, Gallery 46
Alison Simcox
Director of Marketing

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
Office Manager / Assistant 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!

Michael McCreadie
Production Manager/IT Manager

Having grown up in Upstate NY around computers and the theatre, it's no surprise that Mike McCreadie is the LPCA's Production Manager and I.T. Manager. While Watertown was his birthplace and home for many years, he moved to the Adirondacks 18 years ago and now calls it home. Surprisingly, his first ever trip to the Tri-lakes was to see the Beach Boys at the Olympic Center in the early 90's, but he never expected that 10 years later he would be living here, and helping run productions in the same arena. When not at work at the LPCA, Mike spends his time with family, enjoying the outdoors, playing percussion, and casual gaming.

Lorraine Draper
Program Manager

As a Lake Placid native, Lorraine grew up on the LPCA stage where she performed, took workshops, and managed backstage. She attended Cazenovia College where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management in May, 2017, and was able to further develop her passion for the arts. In her free time Lorraine likes to read, sing, be with her friends and family, travel, and hopes to continue to perform in upcoming shows in the area. She is beyond excited to be a part of the LPCA staff!

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.

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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
10/21/21 - 01:30pm to 03:30pm

a part of the Lake Placid Film Festival

10/21/21 - 04:30pm to 06:30pm

a part of the Lake Placid Film Festival

10/21/21 - 06:30pm to 08:00pm

4-Part Series with artist and creative Janelle Gray

10/22/21 - 09:00am to 11:00am

a part of the Lake Placid Film Festival

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