Topeka Performing Arts Center Executive Director Announces Retirement

Ames, IA – VenuWorks today announced that Larry Gawronski will retire from his position of Executive Director of the Topeka Performing Arts Center effective December 31, 2022.

“A veteran employee of VenuWorks, Larry has provided a passion for our industry, our events, and our patrons throughout his career,” said Steve Peters, president of VenuWorks. “I want to publicly thank Larry for his loyalty to VenuWorks and I wish him well as he closes this chapter and begins the next.”

Gawronski has led the Topeka Performing Arts Center for the last seven years. Prior to his relocation to Topeka, Gawronski held similar roles with VenuWorks in Ottumwa, IA and Vicksburg, MS.

“The Board of Trustees for the Topeka Performing Arts Center would like to extend a heartfelt ovation to Larry for his great achievements for TPAC during his tenure. His tireless love of the arts has touched thousands of patrons and artists of all ages through this venue, and his legacy is appreciated and will be remembered,” said Jeff Parker, Chair of the TPAC Board of Trustees.

“I have spent my entire career working in public assembly facility management across the country. My time working for VenuWorks has been an honor,” said Gawronski. “Retirement is the next chapter in my life.”

VenuWorks has begun a national search for Gawronski’s successor. Interim responsibilities, the selection process, and onboarding will be directed by VenuWorks Vice President Tom Richter to ensure a smooth transition.