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. Before coming to CNY Arts, he was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County.
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.
Operations Manager & Program Coordinator for On My Own Time
A native of Syracuse, NY, Kara graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication. She also earned graduate credits in Broadcasting at Montclair State College and an A. A. S. from OCC in Radio/TV. She has worked extensively for the nonprofit sector in Central New York, with a focus on communications, media relations, program/event management, and fundraising. She also worked in research and patron services for the OCPL Central Library Local History and Genealogy Department. Kara's avocation is theater, and she has acted with numerous area theater companies. She is a former member of Off the Cuff improv troupe, and currently performs with The ACME Mystery Co. in the New York State region.
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.
Matthew De Bellas
Communications and Media Consultant
Matthew is a native of Onondaga County and graduate of SUNY Oswego with a degree in Public Relations and graduate certificate in Integrated Media. He is a veteran having served 4 years in the U.S. Army and was deployed in support of OIFII. Matthew previously worked at CNY Arts as the agency's marketing manager. He now manages his own communications and media consulting business. Matthew is an avid traveler and has been to a dozen countries documenting and writing about arts and culture from the places he visits.
Bookkeeper, Special Projects
Jon Wilson, a native of Buffalo, graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Theatre. Jon’s professional career has ranged from working in NYC at Playwrights Horizons in the production office and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School as the registrar and bursar, to working locally as general manager of Syracuse Stage, artistic director of Appleseed Productions, adjunct professor for Syracuse University VPA, and administration manager at CNY Arts (before leaving and coming back as bookkeeper). Jon has also produced, directed, designed, stage managed, and/or performed in over 175 productions in NYC, Minnesota, New Orleans, Ithaca, Binghamton, Buffalo, and locally with just about every community theatre company in the Syracuse area, including two high schools.