SKARTS Presents Creative Conversations with Redhouse Founder Laura Austin, Holly Gregg Will Moderate– EVENT POSTPONED

Laura Austin - SKARTS Creative Conversations March 2015

Laura Austin – SKARTS Creative Conversations March 2015

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED – Please contact us for information on a future date to hold this event.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email Jean Vincent at  or call 315-685-7227.

Award-winning actress and Central New York arts leader Laura Austin will be the featured speaker in the next Creative Conversations, presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).

The program, featuring an open discussion with questions from the audience, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, Route 321, Skaneateles. Holly Gregg, Skaneateles entrepreneur and former president of SKARTS, will moderate. Hors d’oeuvres and a free drink ticket will be provided.

“I look forward to learning more about how this arts leader finds her creative voice and continues to amaze us with her energy and enthusiasm for acting and the performing arts,” says Gregg. “Young people interested in the performing arts will also benefit from her insights into starting and participating in this highly competitive field.”

Along with her acting credentials, Austin is founder and artistic director of the Redhouse Arts Center. In 2003, she developed and implemented the Redhouse Capital Campaign, which raised $1.4 million; she also managed renovations of the three-story historic building in Armory Square that has served as the center’s home. Under Austin’s artistic direction, the facility has hosted more than 300 programs spanning theater, film, visual art and music.

Last July, the center announced plans to expand its mission and move into the former Sibley’s department store building, which will be redeveloped into City Center, a mixed-use facility.

An active member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity, Austin has appeared on television and in films, and in regional theater productions throughout the United States and abroad.

She received the SALT award for Best Actress of 2014 for her portrayal of Diana in “Next to Normal” and Best Actress of 2013 for her portrayal of Vivian in “Wit.”

Her Redhouse credits include “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “The Penguin Tango,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “Pterodactyls,” “Macbeth,” “Assassins,” “A Perfect Ganesh,” “Bat Boy: The Musical,” “Lovesong,” “Birds of Paradise” and “Life X 3.”

She also has appeared in productions of “Odysseus DOA,” “How I Learned to Drive, Random Thoughts,” “Twelfth Night,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “A Christmas Suite,” “The Van Gogh Project,” “The Yellow House,” “Fifth of July,” “Tom Jones,” “Rapunzel,” “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” and “Borderlines,” and on the TV shows “L.A. Law,” “Freddy’s Nightmares,” “Sons and Daughters,” “Raising Miranda,” “21 Jump Street” and “Dream On.”

Austin has served on the boards of numerous arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally, and as an adjunct professor of acting at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Holly Gregg - SKARTS Board Member

Holly Gregg – SKARTS Board Member

“Our community owes a debt of gratitude to this high-energy, dedicated individual,” says Gregg. “Laura’s Redhouse work and her personal credentials and determination are a community treasure.”

Gregg, a member of the Dean Brothers band, owned and operated World Media Communications, a television production company with offices in seven Northeastern cities and Canada, from 1985 to 2002.

He holds leadership positions with SKARTS, Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles and the Finger Lakes Land Trust. He also is chief operating officer of Patience Brewster Inc., a worldwide ornament and gifts company that he and his wife established in 2002.

Tickets may be purchased for $30 at Attendance is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are requested by March 23.

SKARTS, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming, offers free concerts at the gazebo in Clift Park, and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.

“SKARTS launched Creative Conversations in 2013 with the intent of featuring local artists who could help us understand the importance of art in our lives,” Gregg says. “Laura Austin is the embodiment of that goal.”

If you can’t attend this event, but want to support SKARTS, click on the “Support SKARTS” button in the top right corner.  Or you can send a tax-deductible donation to Skaneateles Arts Council, PO Box 422 , Skaneateles, NY  13152.

SKARTS, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming, offers free concerts at the gazebo in Clift Park, and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.