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Vol 57 No. 18 : November, 2005
Vol 57 No. 18 | October 28, 2005
Lesnik Appointed to Arts Commission

Peter Lesnik, executive director of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB, has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Named by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Lesnik will serve as a commissioner through April 2007.

Lesnik has worked in most aspects of theater and the performing arts. As executive director of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB, he presents everything from dance and theater to original and avant garde work, from jazz to family programming. He also regularly participates on various panels and boards as well as consults internationally on programming, arts in education, theater renovations and other related topics.

"This is exciting for me, for the Carpenter Center, for the university and for the city of Long Beach," said Lesnik, a resident of Long Beach. "Having a presence at this level of county government related to the arts is important. I look forward to learning and participating."

Prior to coming to CSULB, Lesnik had been reader and advisor to the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference; dramaturge, acting teacher and director at the Performing Arts Foundation in Huntington, N.Y.; resident director at the 13th Street Theatre in New York; creator of the Counterpane Acting Method; and resident director of the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, Lesnik has built a 20-year reputation for overseeing the revitalization of multiple performing arts centers, including the Herberger Theatre Center in Phoenix, the Kelsey Theater at Mercer College in New Jersey and the Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts in Palos Verdes.

"Peter's love and passion for the arts combined with his extensive experience in the field make him an invaluable asset to the Arts Commission," Knabe said.
Lesnik holds a bachelor's degree in theater from UC Riverside and a master's degree in theater and film from Pennsylvania State University. He also did work toward his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh.

The mission of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is to foster excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The commission provides leadership in cultural services for the county, including information and resources for the community, artists, educators, arts organizations and municipalities. The commission is an advisory group to the County Board of Supervisors consisting of 15 members, three appointed by each of the five county supervisors.

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