Theatre Management Associates, Inc.

The Principals and their Career Venues


Mr. Kurt C. Swanson

Mr. Kurt Swanson has over 20 years experience in the performing arts field. His experience includes being the city management person in charge of the development of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. His responsibilities included oversight of the original feasibility study, selection of the theater design group and construction management and overall responsibility for organizational development and operations. Mr. Swanson assumed the role of Executive Director for over one year and was responsible for the presentation of over 100 performances and the negotiation of over 120 future performances. Responsibility for the theater operation continued until his retirement in 1999. In 2000, Mr. Swanson was asked to return to the venue to provide executive management services as a consultant. This assignment lasted until 2002 during which time he negotiated over $4 million in performance contracts, presented more than 200 performances and provided all of the management duties associated with the Executive Director position.


Mr. Swanson has had additional career experience with Gallo Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and Lewis Family Playhouse of California. He has over the years been President or a Board member of various professional and special interest organizations.


Mr. Swanson has a Bachelors degree from California State University Long Beach and Masters Degree from the University of Southern California (USC).


Mr. Peter Lesnik

Mr. Peter Lesnik has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of the performing arts field. Experiences include that of author, performer, producer, director and presenter. Mr. Lesnik has held non-presenter positions as Director of the 13th Street theatre in New York City, acting teacher and director at the Performing Arts Foundation in Huntington, New York and resident Director at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.


As a presenter/manager of performing arts venues Mr. Lesnik has held positions of Executive Director of the Herberger Theatre Center, Phoenix, AZ, the Kelsey Theater at Mercer College, New Jersey, Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA, and is currently the Executive Director of the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA.


Mr. Lesnik regularly participates on various panels and boards and consults internationally on programming, arts in education, theatre renovations and related topics. He is currently a Board member of California Presenters, a Commissioner on the LA County Arts Commission and a board member of the Diavolo Dance Company.


Mr. Lesnik has a Bachelors degree from University of CA Riverside, a Masters Degree from Pennsylvania State University and has completed work toward a Doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh.


Our Career Venues

Theatre Management Associates principals have career experience working with a variety of venues:

  • Sunset Theater Center, CA
  • Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, CA
  • Gallo Performing Arts Center, CA
  • Redondo Beach Center for the Performing Arts, CA
  • Lewis Family Playhouse, CA
  • Kelsey Theatre, Mercer College, NJ
  • 13th St. Theatre, NYC
  • Utah Shakespearean Festival
  • Glassboro State College, NJ
  • Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
  • Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts, CA
  • Herberger Theatre Center, AZ
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CA