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Gawronski Appointed as TPAC Acting Director

Gawronski Appointed as TPAC Acting Director

George Wood, Chief Executive Officer for VenuWorks, has announced that Larry Gawronski will be the Acting Director for the Topeka Performing Arts Center effective immediately. Karen Christilles, former Executive Director for the TPAC, resigned in July to pursue other opportunities.Larry Gawronski

“Larry has done an outstanding job of creating new excitement, and bringing new events to our venues that he has managed in the past in Ottumwa, IA and Vicksburg, MS” said Wood. “His experience will be invaluable to the operations at the TPAC.”

Gawronski was appointed by VenuWorks to the position National Director of Sales and Sponsorship in February. He will continue to do this role as well however he will be based out of Topeka as he oversees the venue’s operations and programs.

“I already enjoy working with the Board of Trustees in Topeka. The TPAC is one of our finest theaters and it is a privilege to serve as the Acting Director for this venue” said Gawronski.

John Siehl, Chief Operating Officer for VenuWorks, oversees the Topeka Performing Arts Center for the company. “I am happy to have Larry in Topeka. I know that he will do a great job keeping things on track as we look to fill the position,” said Siehl.

Sue Buckley, President of the TPAC Board of Trustees said “Larry brings a breadth of experience to the position and I am confident he will continue to enhance our programming, in collaboration with our outstanding staff, as we search for our new Director.”

Larry Gawronski brings vast experience to this role. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he served as the Director of Operations and subsequently Sales and Marketing Director for the Buffalo Convention Center. Larry has worked at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY followed by the Danville Civic Center in Danville, IL. He joined VenuWorks in 2000 and has served as Executive Director for the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, MS and the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, IA.

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