Laura Kendall Chosen for Leadership Roles in the Arts Industry

Laura Kendall Chosen for Leadership Roles in the Arts Industry

— Information provided via Millersville University

Laura Kendall, Director of the Office of Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University, was chosen to be a part of the Leadership Fellows Program for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), and was also voted in as the Board President of Pennsylvania Presenters for a two year term beginning in July 2016.

“Leadership development for women within arts organizations is something I am very passionate about,” Laura said. “I am committed to creating opportunities for more women to rise to leadership roles within our field, and I am truly honored to be selected for both the APAP Leadership Fellows program, as well as to lead our state Presenting Organization. Through these avenues, I am eager to serve my local community, my state, and the field in bringing the arts to the forefront and encouraging more women to take the lead.”


Laura Kendall has been selected as a participant in the second class of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ (APAP) Leadership Fellows Program, presented in partnership with the Southern California’s (USC) Arts Leadership Program. Laura, and the second cohort of 26, was chosen from a diverse pool of applicants. Building upon the program’s inaugural launch in 2015, the APAP Leadership Fellows Program continues to expand the knowledge and proficiency among mid-career professionals in the performing arts field.

Based in Washington, D.C., APAP has 1,500 national and international members representing 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 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference – the world’s leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts – APAP continues to be the industry’s leading resource, knowledge, and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

“With the Leadership Fellows Program, we are challenging the current standard of what leadership is, how leaders are developed, and what that means for the performing arts field,” says Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of APAP. “This program is not only an investment in our future leaders but an investment in the performing arts field as a whole – it is a shared experience and expansion of knowledge.”


Established in 1987 as a service organization, Pennsylvania Presenters is a consortium of arts presenters and others working in the performing arts. They are an organization dedicated to performing arts presenting, serving presenters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Members have direct input into the operations and planning process of the organization. Members collaborate on programming, block booking and grant opportunities. They establish dynamic peer-to peer connections, expand existing and create new networking occasions. PA Presenters has a place for every arts presenter or artist.

The mission of PA Presenters is to promote communication among presenters in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; to provide professional development opportunities to presenters; and to encourage cooperative presenting projects that develop and enhance the presentation of artistically excellent and culturally diverse performing arts programming in Pennsylvania.


Laura Kendall is responsible for all aspects of facility and organizational management of the Ware and Winter Center venues. The Arts at Millersville, a program developed under her leadership, oversees more than 100 performing arts events and 400 rentals, conferences, and special events each year. Laura received her Master of Arts in Marketing, Communication, and Advertising, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film from the University of Nebraska, as well as a certificate in Curatorial Practice in Performance from Wesleyan University. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Presenters Board. She is a 2007 graduate of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Emerging Leader Institute and participated in the 2010 Leadership Development Initiative.