2019 Membership Vote

New York Hilton Midtown, New York City
11-11:45 a.m., Monday, January 7, 2019

Make your voice heard! Help shape the future of our association by voting on two important action items that require a quorum vote by the membership:

It is your right and privilege to take an active role in the future of APAP by fully understanding the proposed items and voting for or against their approval.

Please review the two items up for vote below and cast your vote now. The deadline to cast your electronic vote was December 27, 2018. Members may also cast votes in-person at the Annual Member Meeting at APAP|NYC, 11 a.m., Monday, January 7, 2019.

Your membership must be current through January 2019, the time the vote is counted.

Please note: In accordance with the current APAP bylaws, only the primary contact each organization may vote. If multiple votes are cast from a single organization, only the vote submitted by the primary contact will be counted.

The deadline for electronic voting was December 27. If you did not vote electronically, you can vote at the Member Meeting on Monday, January 7.

Active Board Members Eligible to Serve a Second Term


Jennifer Johnson
Director, Programming
Arts Common
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jennifer Johnson is the Director of Programming at Arts Commons in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she has been since 2003. Direction of “Arts Commons Presents” includes multiple music series, speaker, youth and special presentations alongside a robust arts learning portfolio featuring the ‘Hub for Inspired Learning’, a school campus location. In addition to the performing arts, Jennifer represents a portfolio of visual and media arts focused on growing local artists and partnerships which includes exhibitions, residencies, an experimental studio, media and sound galleries and found space initiatives. Lastly, Arts Commons public programs and community collaborations are focused on ‘bringing the arts to life’ through free and accessible creative experiences for all.

Prior to this role she held the title of Director of Booking and Event Services for Arts Commons where she worked closely with professional and community arts organizations and business. It is the symbiotic relationship of the arts and community that fuels her dedication to the field. At the heart of Jennifer’s programming philosophy and curatorial style are Expression, Inspiration, Identity, Connection and Belonging. She firmly believes in a balance of business acumen, analytics and long term strategy for a diverse, healthy and sustainable arts eco-system. Arts Commons is home to six performance venues, seven resident arts companies, approximately three-hundred annual collaborators and community users and facilitates approximately twelve hundred combined events annually.

2019 APAP Board Nominee Slate


Jamie Grant
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
St. Paul, MN

A leader and innovator in the profession for over 30 years, Jamie is the President and CEO of the Ordway Center in Saint Paul, MN. Since arriving in 2016, he has focused on planning, fine tuning the business model, audience development, a renewed commitment to producing and presenting Broadway musicals and a new concert series.

Prior to arriving in the Twin Cities, Jamie was the President and CEO of the Long Center in Austin, TX. He was hired following an international search to develop a sustainable operating plan for the performing arts center. Highlights during his tenure include steady growth in annual attendance, earned revenue, activity and community interest.

For 13 years Jamie was the general manager of the Centre in the Square in Kitchener (CITS), Ontario, an award winning multi-purpose performing arts center with a main hall of 2000 seats, plus and art gallery and studio. During his tenure at CITS the venue became and remained debt and deficit-free, with working capital and an endowment fund.

A founding member of Canada’s National Theatre Festival - Magnetic North Theatre Festival, and served as Chairman of the Board; he helped to found eye-GO to the Arts, a program designed to encourage youth to attend the performing arts and was the founding Chair (eye-GO, which began in Kitchener-Waterloo has now become a national program in Canada and is also a success in many States in the US); he helped to found the organization that became the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA); he is Past-President of CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association) and Ontario Presents; he is the founding Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for a Grand Community (a unique multi-disciplinary alliance of the leading arts organizations in the KW area); and he was instrumental in developing a block booking model which is used throughout North America today.

Jamie has made a career of opening new performing arts centers, including: Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB, Heritage Theatre in Brampton, ON, Skylight Theatre in Toronto and was the founder and Producer of Theatre Malton.


Chris Heacox
Executive Director
Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Christopher J. Heacox is the Executive Director of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University, opening in August 2019. As Executive Director, Mr. Heacox has overseen the construction of the performing arts center since groundbreaking. He leads the artistic and administrative direction of the Gogue Center in bringing world-class performances and educational experiences to Auburn University and the surrounding communities. Prior to his appointment at Auburn University, Mr. Heacox served as the Executive Director of Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University.

Mr. Heacox is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Professional Presenters Consortium. This fifty-plus member organization is charged with elevating the professional performing arts in the State of Florida. His board and organizational service includes the Council on Arts and Culture (Tallahassee/Leon County) Board of Directors, Tallahassee/Leon County Cultural Plan Review Committee, STAGE Committee for the Capital City Amphitheater, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Strategic Planning, Leadership Jacksonville (class of 2011), and Opportunity Tallahassee. Mr. Heacox is a graduate of Florida State University (B.A. in Music) and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester (M.M. in Jazz and Contemporary Media, Performance).


Kendra Whitlock Ingram
Executive Director
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver
Denver, CO

Kendra Whitlock Ingram currently serves as the Executive Director for the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Previously, she served as Vice President of Programming and Education for Omaha Performing Arts, overseeing the artistic direction of OPA’s season as well as all education and community engagement initiatives. Ingram has held senior leadership positions with several major performing arts institutions including: Managing Director of Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Director of Pops and Special Programming for The Detroit Symphony.

Ingram holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University. She is also an alumna of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in its Music Management Program and has been a guest lecturer for the University of New Orleans Arts Administration program. Ingram has also served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Broadway League and Colorado Creative Industries.

Ingram’s volunteer work currently includes membership on the board of Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation, Western Arts Alliance Conference Committee, Denver Arts and Venues-Denver Music Strategy Advisory Panel and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Arts and Diversity Taskforce. Previously, Ingram served as board chair for the nonprofit organization Hear Nebraska, and as a member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha Circles, and The Broadway League’s diversity committee.


Murielle Borst Tarrant
Cultural Artist, director, playwright
Jersey City, NJ

Murielle Borst Tarrant is an author, playwright, director, producer, cultural artist, educator, and human rights activist. She studied acting at HB STUDIOS and is a graduate of Long Island University, Southampton College Theatre Program. Muriel studied and interned with Spiderwoman Theatre and is a second generation artist of that company that was founded by her mother Muriel Miguel. She also works on the deconstructing of methods of the arts in Native communities in urban areas across the country and in the New York City education system.  Muriel consults with many urban and non-urban universities on the development on Native theater programming. She was nominated for the Rockefeller grant in 2001, has won a Native Heart Award and was the only Native American woman to have her work to be selected by the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Opera House for her one woman show, “More than Feathers and Beads”.  She served internationally as the Special Assistant to the North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She has directed Muriel Miquel in “Red Mother” nationally and internationally. Muriel was the keynote speaker for the Indigenous Women’s Symposium at Trent University. She was selected to speak on Repetition, Tradition and Change: Native oral history and contemporary art practice in hostel post- colonial times at the International Conference at the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel Germany and the Norwegian Theater Academy. Named in American Theater Magazine as one of the most influential women in American Theater, she is the Artistic Director of Safe Harbor Indigenous Collective and Native consultant for Regional Tony award winner LaMaMa Experimental Theatre for their Indigenous Initiative. Muriel has recently produced, written and directed “Don’t Feed the Indians- A Divine Comedy Pageant!” at LaMaMa Theatre.