Laurel Canan brings a wonderful range of experience and perspective to her new position with Center Productions Inc. She has been successful both as a presenter (Janesville Performing Arts Center in Janesville, Wisconsin) and most recently as a booking agent (CMI Entertainment - Midwest representative).
When Laurel served as the Executive Director of JPAC, she brought artists such as Tony Bennett, Donny Osmond, Christopher Cross, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cantible-The London Quartet, Robin Spielberg, and two performances by Franc D’Ambrosio to the Center. Laurel also programmed a wide variety of other programs and children’s theatre companies for the JPAC season rosters. She has extensive experience in all facets of arts management, organization strategic planning, fundraising and development, and arts organization start-up.
Laurel has participated in the Prairie Arts Management Institute at Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Professional Arts Management Institute at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. She also attended the national conferences sponsored by Americans for the Arts. She served as a State Captain for Arts Wisconsin working on arts advocacy issues around the state.
Laurel holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, focus of study was Administrative Organizations and Management. Laurel also holds undergraduate degrees (a Bachelor of Science and Associates Degree) in Legal Administration and Paralegal Studies.
In 2010 Laurel became a member of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN) board . She was also asked to Co-Chair of the 2011 OAPN Conference.