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Southwest Performing Arts Presenters

Southwest Performing Arts Presenters (SWPAP) is a consortium of presenting organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Member organizations range from very small presenting groups in local communities to university and municipal presenters mounting full seasons of events including traditional and modern music, dance, theater, musical theater, opera, family presentations, children’s events, mime and Broadway shows.



We provide assistance to member organizations. To accomplish this, we share experiences, learn from one another, create a network for booking events and arrange educational workshops which are open to all member organizations.


SWPAP meetings, and the lively discussions that go on through the organization’s listserv, provide members with an opportunity to ask questions, seek advice and share experience and expertise with colleagues. There are member organizations of all sizes and histories, and it is a hallmark of SWPAP that members are willing and eager to assist their fellow presenters and share information.

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SWPAP meets three times a year:

  • January at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters booking conference in New York
  • May/June at our annual educational workshop hosted by a SWPAP member
  • September at the Arts Midwest Conference



The governing board of ten members is elected by the membership, plus one ex-officio representative from Mid-America Arts Alliance.  A chair, vice-chair, a treasurer and a secretary are elected from the governing committee.  All actions proposed by the governing board are brought to the membership for a vote.  Currently serving on the governing board are:

Committee Chair

Lynae Sandford

Lutcher Theater

Orange, TX

Vice Chair

Glenn Barnhart

Memorial City Hall
Performance Center

Marshall, TX


Nicole Cotton-Leachman

University of Arkansas Faulkner
Performing Arts Center

Fayetteville, AR


Renee Robison

Angelina Arts Aliance

Lufkin, TX


Maureen Patton

The Grand 1894
Opera House

Galveston, TX


Leah Dill Blackard

Corsicana Palace Theatre

Corsicana, TX

Chris Aucoin-Melohn

Lafon Arts Center

Luling, LA

Jenifer Hill

The Strand Theatre

Shreveport, LA

Vorin Dornan

The Clarion at
Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, TX

Amanda Horton

University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR


All members must be not-for-profit or tax-exempt organizations and have the following responsibilities and privileges:

Active members

  • Must be a presenting organization. (A presenting organization is defined as an organization that contracts, markets and accepts financial risk for an arts presentation that is not self-produced.)
  • Must have at least one authorized person with decision-making power able to commit to a booking.
  • Must have an active, professional presenting program.
  • Must abide by Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Code of Conduct for presenting organizations.
  • Must be actively involved in the corporation.
  • Must pay annual dues as determined by the Governing Committee.
  • Shall be entitled to one vote on all matters brought before the membership. Only active members are entitled to vote.
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Membership dues are based on the amount of artist fees paid annually by the organization. The membership dues cover one year of membership. The SWPAP fiscal year is January – December.

$49,999 & Below

$75 Dues

$50,000 to $149,999

$100 Dues

$150,000 & Over

$200 Dues