Sierra School of Performing Arts is thrilled to announce we have contracted with Richard “Chip” Lindloff to serve as our first Executive Director.
During his career, Chip has served in senior level executive positions in staffing, executive search, and non-profit development roles. Most recently, Chip was the Chief Advancement Officer at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School for nearly five years. During that time, he and his staff were responsible for funding the Performing Arts Collaborative Grant, allowing for the expansion of the arts into the K-12 Catholic schools in Northern Nevada. Additionally, he raised funds for tuition assistance and scholarships.
Chip grew up in the arts, performing in plays in middle school and then as a percussionist in the orchestra in his high school and young adult life. His love for the arts has never diminished.
He is a past president of The Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset, Past District Deputy for the Knights of Columbus and sits on the Bishop’s Council for Diocesan Today Tomorrow Together capital campaign. Chip and his wife Sherri moved to Reno in 2001 and love being a part of the Reno community.
Producing Artistic Director/Education Director Janet Lazarus
Sierra School of Performing Arts is excited to announce we have signed a contract with one of our founders to become our first Producing Artistic Director/Education Director. Janet Lazarus started her official duties on January 2, 2018. She has been guiding SSPA and creating great theater for us since 2005.
Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and her Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in acting from UCLA. She has worked and performed in stage, film and/or television in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Italy, Honolulu, Lake Tahoe and Reno. In 1988, while living and working in Los Angeles, she co-wrote and co-starred in a critically acclaimed two-woman comedy that garnered rave reviews and was featured as a “critic’s pick” in the L.A. Times.
She has taught acting and movement classes since 1990 at various schools and colleges throughout California and Hawaii, and has taught theatre, acting and stage make up classes in Reno (at UNR, Bishop Manogue Catholic School and Sage Ridge School) since 2008. Since coming to Reno, she has performed with Reno Little Theater, Tahoe Players, the Nevada Shakespeare Company, and Take 2, and has been producing and directing “Broadway Bits” and full length classic Broadway musicals.
As Producing Artistic Director/Education Director for Sierra School of Performing Arts, Janet will continue to produce and direct musicals, as well as start our youth theater program. She will also oversee our performing arts camps and classes.
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