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.

Alison Simcox
Marketing Director

Alison has spent the past 10 years working for 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 22 High Peaks with her dog Baxter and is looking forward to finishing the rest!

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 Associate

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!

Gina Fiorile
Program Associate

As a native of the Adirondacks, Gina is excited to be returning home to join the staff at Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Vermont and she loves music and dance. She trained at the Lake Placid Olympic Center to become a Double Gold Medalist with U.S. Figure Skating and continued to skate competitively throughout college. Gina also loves skiing, cooking, and is passionate about spending time with friends and family.

Cade Grady
Maintenance Manager
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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
07/08/19 to 07/19/19

Registration is now open!

07/19/19 - 06:00pm to 07:00pm

Learn fun, easy dance moves - no partner needed!

07/20/19 - 01:00pm

a Met Opera Live in HD Summer Encore

07/21/19 - 07:30pm

a part of the Symphony Series

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