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Conference Co-Chairs Announced

The Ohio Arts Professionals Network is pleased to announce this years conference co-chairs: Gary Minyard, Dayton, Tammy Walkup, Columbus, Lisa Biales, Oxford. We are very excited to be working with such great co-chairs and the board to create an unforgettable conference experience.

Check out the co-chairs bios below:

Gary Minyard, Vice President of OAPN, Vice President of Education and Engagement at Victoria Theatre Association, Dayton, Oh.

As an educational leader, Gary believes that participation in the arts is an essential component of every citizen’s well-being. At Victoria Theatre Association, he has created many community-based arts initiatives including Superhero Girls Like Me, Motown in the Gem City, Radio Waves, and Guitars: A Bridge To Broadway. Gary also teaches a new course for education and theatre majors at the University of Dayton called “Theatre In Education.” He stays active directing and choreographing at a variety of colleges in the Dayton region. Before moving to Dayton, he served as the artistic director at Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While at PYT, he created several new educational initiatives including The Invisible Dance Company, On The Nose: Pinocchio’s Life Lessons, and Pie In The Face Week. Gary also created the curriculum and pedagogy in the PYT School of Performing Arts which boasts talented faculty teaching over 400 young people techniques in acting, singing and dancing all year long. Before PYT, Gary served as the Director of Education at Phoenix Theatre, a LORT-D professional theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, running PT Connections- the education wing of the theatre. At Phoenix Theatre, he helped create educational programming including Partners That Heal, which sends professional actors to a local children’s hospital to help alleviate the fears of being in a hospital. Other programs include the Kinder Series, which are original plays written for toddlers from 1-6 years old, and the 2nd Draft Series where playwrights are given the opportunity to get their play to a “second draft.” In partnership with the NotMyKid organization, Gary also created What’s OUR Story, a devised play project with high school students who are impacted by the stories of the NotMyKid speakers.

Gary is also an award-winning director and movement choreographer who graduated with an MFA in Theatre for Youth and Directing from Arizona State University. Gary also studied at the University of Houston and trained at the L'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Gary is currently the Past President of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE). He is a founding member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Arts Alliance (EPAA), an active member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA-USA), the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). He has also toured extensively as an actor, director, and teaching artist through 48 of our 50 states with several professional theatre companies.

Tammy Walkup, Agent at Class Acts Entertainment, Columbus, Oh.

Tammy has been an entertainment agent for over 25 years for Class Acts Entertainment.

Tammy started performing at the age of 13 as a member of Sing out Troy which was a group based on the Up With People touring group. Since then she has worked with various groups including Beauty and the Beats, Juju Bees, Red Hot Rhythm Review and McGuffey Lane.

Tammy grew up in Troy, Ohio. After living in the Columbus area for more than 20 years she moved back to Troy almost 13 years ago. She lives there with her husband Scott, her twin boys Evan and Benjamin who are seniors at THS and her son Christopher who is in 8th grade at TJHS.

Lisa Biales, Musical Artist, Oxford, Oh.

Lisa Biales is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist with ten albums to her credit. She has been referred to as the Norman Rockwell of songwriters with a crystal pure voice. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Theater from Ohio University and has been a touring musician since 1977. Lisa is a long time supporter of OAPN and is an Ohio Arts Council fee supported artist. She is currently the creative director for the Big Song Music House concert series, music coordinator for The Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival, and has been recently touring with The Belle of the Blues 12-piece Orchestra.

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