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Jan Zarr

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Jan Zarr

Programming Director

Jan was hired as a consultant with SAPAC in the Spring of 2019, he was initially bought in to work with the Board of Directors on restructuring the organization and programming shows. Since then he has become part of the SAPAC staff as the Programming Director. He has programmed/work with many great artists from Jerry Seinfeld, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Styx, Mannheim Steamroller, Weird Al Yankovic, Nora Jones, Neil Young, Blue-Man Group along with National Broadway shows Wicked, Cats, Young Frankenstein, Mama Mia and Anything Goes just to name a few.

His career has been devoted to the arts through academics, community and professional theatre which have encompassed teaching in a University settings to scenic design and production for community theatres, to professional touring, and serving 23 years in an executive capacity for four performing art centers across the country. He understands an organization’s mission is the reason for its existence, its essence. Whatever that mission is – and each one is unique – it should be the starting point for every step in the organization’s progress, every decision made in its name. Colleagues describe him as an enterprising and dynamic professional with a strong understanding of key markets who consistently finds new alternatives in strengthening and enriching organizations through programming.

Jan resides in Boise, ID, where he served as the Executive Director for the Morrison Performing Arts Center from 2003-2011. During his tenure the Center was named one of the Top 100 Center’s in the US by Poll-Star magazine for Programming. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Speech from Colorado State University - Pueblo and a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design and Production from Texas Christian University where he earned a full three-year scholarship. Jan is a graduate of the International Association of Venue Managers continuing education programs: Venue Management School, Leadership Institute and Graduate Institute.

He is a 2007 recipient of Who’s Who for Leadership and Achievement in Arts Management, 2002 Humanitarian of the Year for The City of Rocky Mount, N.C. and a member of the National Leadership Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa. Throughout he career he has presented workshops for many Performing Arts conferences in Contract Negotiations, The New Paradigm for Making Deals and Family Entertainment-Engaging the Younger Audience.

In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, downhill skiing and camping. He also loves watercolor painting, photography, going to concerts (favorite to-date “The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour” in Nashville) and traveling with his wife Gail looking for dive bars with the Best Hot Wings.

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