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APAP announces nominees for 2022 APAP Awards
The APAP Honors to celebrate the performing arts workforce on May 24.
Online event will also recognize Halsey and Alice North Award recipient Susie Farr, NAPAMA awardees, and inaugural CIPA Award honoree.

(Washington, DC) May 6, 2022 – The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) announced today the nominees for its APAP Awards. APAP will recognize the nominees and announce the final award recipients at The APAP Honors, as well as celebrate the recipients of the Annual NAPAMA Award, the Halsey and Alice North Award for APAP Board Alumni, and for the first time, an award from the Creative & Independent Producer Alliance (CIPA).

Having first moved online in 2021 due to the pandemic, The APAP Honors, a virtual ceremony, will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (EDT). The event is free (suggested donation) and open-to-the-public. Contributions to support APAP’s programs and services to the performing arts are welcome.

To RSVP for The APAP Honors, visit

APAP President and CEO Lisa Richards Toney explains the significance of holding this event and celebrating performing arts professionals at this unique time when the performing arts landscape is both recovering and shifting. “The performing arts industry has endured so much over the past two-plus years. For many, it’s been a long road to recovery, and we’re still on that journey. While we are excited to recognize our award nominees and awardees for their excellence and contribution, we are also taking this moment---this celebration---to raise up all arts workers, both those on stage and behind the scenes.”

“Core to our mission at APAP is to create a welcoming and supportive space for performing arts professionals from across the country and to cultivate careers and make the business of the arts happen.” She continues, “But now we must do more than that. In this time of the pandemic, the racial reckoning and the great resignation, we must demonstrate radical care for our workforce, our arts workers. Our people are the backbone of our industry, and we are worth it.”

For decades, the coveted APAP Awards have been presented at the annual APAP|NYC conference in January. The now-named The APAP Honors event celebrates those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a significant impact on the industry and communities they serve both in the U.S. and abroad.

Thirty-one performing arts professionals and organizations were nominated by APAP members for awards and represent the breadth and depth of the performing arts presenting, booking and touring field at this moment.

“For the second year now, we are choosing to lift up and honor the magnanimity of the performing arts field by celebrating all of our nominees and featuring as many as possible during the awards program itself,” explains Richards Toney.

Richards Toney invites all arts workers to attend the event in celebration of the nominees, awardees, and the many diverse arts professionals and organizations who are part of the cultural ecosystem that is APAP’s very mission to support.

Final award recipients will be announced at The APAP Honors on May 24.

The nominees for the following awards are:

  • Lara Downes, classical pianist and cultural activist
  • Eiko Otake, movement-based interdisciplinary artist
  • Liz Lerman, artist, choreographer, writer, educator
  • Yo-Yo Ma, musician
  • Margie Gillis, O.C., C.Q., DFA, dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation
  • Franco Santos, Executive Producer and Founder, The Vampire Circus
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell, actor, singer
  • Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Chief Visioning Officer, Urban Bush Women

  • Robert Baird, President, BAM! Baird Artists Management
  • Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research, Americans for the Arts 
  • Brad Hoylman, United States Senator, New York State 
  • Charlotte Lee, President and Founder, Primo Artists
  • Lori Lea Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund
  • Presenters Leadership Consortium (Lenore Naxon, Chair, Katie Miller, Co-Chair), US-wide coalition
  • Charles “Chuck” E. Schumer, United States Senator, New York State 
  • National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (Christy Bolingbroke, Executive Director), Akron, OH
  • Ever Chavez, Founder and Executive Director, FUNDarte
  • Duke Dang, Executive Director, Works & Process at the Guggenheim
  • Lied Center for the Performing Arts (William Stephan, Executive Director), Lincoln, NE
  • Carla Peterson, Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Florida State University
  • Intercultural Leadership Institute ((Alternate Roots, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Pa’I Foundation, and Sipp Culture)
  • YoungArts (Sarah Arison, Board Chair), Miami, FL
  • Indy Bachu, Agent Extraordinaire,
  • Michael Blachly, Immediate Past Director of Opening Nights at Florida State University
  • Janet Cowperthwaite, Executive Director, Kronos Performing Arts Association, and Manager, Kronos Quartet
  • Kristy Edmunds, Director, MASS MoCA
  • Cathy Edwards, Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts
  • William Lockwood, Special Programming Director, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton University 
  • Manuel Prestamo, Ph.D., President, PMI: Performance Management International
  • Charles Santos, Executive Director/Artistic Director, TITAS Presents
  • Shay Wafer, Executive Director, WACO Theater Center

APAP is also pleased to announce Susie Farr as the 2022 recipient of the Halsey and Alice North Board Alumni Award. Farr joined the board in 1985 and, in 1986, stepped in to serve as the Executive Director of the organization, then known as ACUCAA (Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators). She led the organization through an era of transformation beginning in 1986, as it moved from Madison, WI to Washington, DC, and changed its name to Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). Following the end of her tenure at APAP in 1999, she became the Executive Director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park until 2013. Adding to her long history of service, including numerous review panels for private foundations, state arts agencies, and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is now Vice Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. The Halsey and Alice North Board Alumni Award is presented to an APAP Board Alum who “has demonstrated in their words and actions the beautiful spirit of generosity and giving, not only on a continuing basis to Association of Performing Arts Professionals, but to the field at large”.

The event will also honor the winners of the 2022 NAPAMA Awards (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents). Mister MOJO is leader of the Zydeco band 'MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies’ will receive the Liz Silverstein Award for Agent-Manager of the Year, and Gwethalyn J. Bronner, Executive Director of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts Center at College of Lake County Illinois will receive the NAPAMA Award for Presenter of the Year.

The APAP Honors is sponsored by IMG Artists ( Learn more about APAP event sponsorship here:

About The APAP Honors and APAP Awards
For more information about The APAP Honors and APAP Awards, including past award recipients, visit
About APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals
APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust, performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 1,700 national and international members represent 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. APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President and CEO Lisa Richards Toney ( In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference—the world's leading gathering 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, booking and touring. For more information, visit
NAPAMA, the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, promotes the best interests of professionals engaged in the touring of the performing arts through building and sharing knowledge, advocacy, leadership, and innovation. Committed to the core values of equity, diversity and inclusion, NAPAMA provides members with a platform for networking, communication, information exchange, resource identification, trends in the field, research, and best practices. For more information, visit

About The North Group, Inc.
Halsey and Alice North headed The North Group Inc. from 1987 to 2018, providing an integrated approach to planning, board development, and fundraising for nonprofit performing arts centers and historic theaters across the country. They have been active in APAP as board members, teachers, volunteers, board emeritus, honorary lifetime members, fundraisers, and donors. Halsey was honored with the Fan Taylor Award in 1988. Halsey and Alice were the first recipients of the Halsey & Alice North Award in 2013 in recognition of their commitment to APAP and their leadership in the field.
About CIPA
CIPA, Creative & Independent Producer Alliance is a US-based network of independent and creative producers who are dedicated to developing and supporting new live performance works across artistic disciplines. Its mission is to support and sustain the work of independent and creative producers and the artists and projects they produce by creating visibility and community, identifying and dispersing resources, and providing tools and advocacy for building new live works and sustainable practices across genres. For more information, visit