Staff Page

Stephen Butler, Executive Director

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. 

Elizabeth Allers, Community Programs & Marketing Manager

Lizz Allers first started at CNY Arts for two years as the Program Associate, assisting in the administrative functions of the agency and stage managing Dasher's Magical Gift. Lizz has an MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and a BA in Theatre Arts and English from Le Moyne College, and is also an alumna of AmeriCorps VISTA.  She has also stage managed and directed shows with several local theatre companies, including The Central New York Playhouse, Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, Gifford Family Theatre, and the Kallet Theater.


Sarah Anson, Arts in Education Coordinator

Sarah Anson is a CNY native, having received her Masters in Arts Administration in 2017, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater in 2005, both from Le Moyne College. After receiving her B.A, she worked in various theaters, including as an electrician and board programmer at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, assistant stage manager at Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, VA, and locally for The RedHouse, Syracuse Stage, Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, and is the Master Lighting Designer at CNY Playhouse. She started with CNY Arts as an intern for her Masters program, and continued to volunteer with the organization until she was hired on as a Program and Marketing assistant.

Lisa Kane, Office Administrator

Lisa Kane is a graduate of Onondaga Community College with a degree in Photography. She has recently graduated from Bryant and Stratton College with a degree in Business. She has lived in central New York for most of her life and has spent the last 25 plus years providing both administrative and accounting services for the Northeast Hawley Development Association, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of CNY, and several banking institutions. Lisa continues with her professional photographic work that includes both nature and street scenes. 

Elizabeth Lane

Elizabeth Lane, 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. 

Elizabeth Lane is the Director of Programs at CNY Arts, the Central New York regional arts council. She has
administered the Decentralization Regrant program in six counties of CNY and the Mohawk Valley 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, Syracuse City Ballet and the former
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth holds a BA in Arts Management from Purchase College.

Anissa Tazari, Program & Grants Associate

Anissa Tazari is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky Masters in Arts Administration program and a 2015 graduate of The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where she majored in Music Education and minored in Music Business. She was born and raised in New York City and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts. As part of her masters degree, she relocated to Central New York to intern with CNY Arts and currently works for the organization as a Program Associate.

Kara Greene, Program Coordinator for On My Own Time, Special Projects

CNY Arts Volunteers

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