For Immediate Release
February 19, 2015
Show Low Playwright Appointed to the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Governor Ducey selects Lisa Jayne to replace Dr. Robert Breunig on 15-member governing commission
Phoenix – Show Low resident Lisa Jayne has been appointed to the governing board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Jayne will replace Dr. Robert Breunig of Flagstaff who completed his second 3-year term as a Commissioner in July 2014.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona charged with supporting a statewide arts and culture sector. The agency’s mission is to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.
Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to serve 3-year terms on a 15-member governing commission in support of the agency’s mission. Members are selected for their demonstrated ability, good judgment and experience in arts-related fields. In addition, Commissioners are appointed to provide diverse cultural, gender, experiential, generational and geographic representation. Commission members attend board meetings, participate on committees, chair review panels, award grants and formulate policy consistent with enabling legislation.
Lisa Jayne grew up in Gilbert, Arizona, attended Northern Arizona University for her undergraduate degree and received her MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the Artistic Director of White Mountain Regional Theater in Show Low, Arizona, and teaches/directs productions at Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, Arizona. Her plays, including One Week: An Uncommon Love Story, The Obituary and Coeur d’Alene, have been produced at White Mountain Regional Theater and Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Department. She will be directing Aristophanes' Women in Congress in April 2015 performances for Northland Pioneer College.
Prior to his appointment to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Dr. Robert Breunig served as Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Heard Museum, Executive Director of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Since 2004, Breunig has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona, a post he will retire from on June 30, 2015.
Dr. Breunig offered the following statement regarding his time with the Arts Commission:
“It has been an honor to serve two Governors as a member of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The Commission does significant and thoughtful work on behalf of the arts in Arizona. For example, I have been pleased to be a part of the process of strengthening grant review procedures to ensure that the institutions that best serve the public of Arizona receive greatest level of funding. I wish Lisa Jayne the best as she carries on the important work of the Commission.”
For a full roster of Governor-appointed members of the Arts Commission, visit www.azarts.gov/about-us/commissioners/.
About the Arizona Commission on the Arts:
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona charged with supporting a statewide arts and culture sector. The agency is governed by a 15-member Governor-appointed Commission and a professional staff grounded in the arts. The Arts Commission receives and administers funds from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts and directs this funding to programs which contribute to the growth and stabilization of the arts, impact student learning, nurture and develop artists’ craft and skills, preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities, and encourage participation by citizens of all ages and abilities.
For more information about the programs, grants and services of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit www.azarts.gov.
We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.