Stephen Butler, Executive Director

Stephen Butler

Executive Director

Stephen Butler is a native of Onondaga County. He received his BA in Theatre from Oswego State University and relocated to New York City. During his years in NYC Stephen worked as the Director of Membership/Programs for the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, the Alliance of New York State Arts Councils and at several producing organizations including Manhattan Theatre Club, the Hudson Guild Theater, and Creative Alternatives of New York, a drama-therapy organization serving the greater metropolitan region. He was also an AEA stage manager. Stephen is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient in Strategic Planning. He returned to Syracuse and obtained a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He also serves as the Executive Director of CNY Arts, Inc.
Elizabeth Lane, Director of Programs

Elizabeth Lane

Director of Programs

Elizabeth Lane is a native of Madison County and a graduate of Purchase College with a B.A. in Arts Management. Elizabeth first became familiar with CNY Arts (then the Cultural Resources Council) as a performer for seven years in The Adventures of Rudolph. Liz has served as the Decentralization and Grants Manager for CNY Arts since 2013. Prior to working at CNY Arts, Elizabeth gained experience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Ballet, and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, and locally at Syracuse City Ballet and the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
Alexander Korman CNY Film Fund Program Officer

Alexander Korman

CNY Film Fund Program Officer

Alexander Korman is a Syracuse native and graduate of Colgate University. He has worked in both performance and production for classical theater, network television and feature film. Most recently, Alexander has collaborated on a number of movie projects in the CNY region, some of which were award recipients from the Innovation Group of CNY Arts Film Fund. He is truly excited for the opportunity to promote the creative and economic development of his home community.

Production Auditors

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