A Few Words from our Executive Director

Thor directed opera and theater at venues worldwide. He joins the VPAC staff following posts as Senior Vice President at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and as the Music Center's Vice President responsible for the opening of downtown LA's Grand Park.

Thor SteingraberWith three full seasons under its belt and a new one standing by, VPAC has proven its commitment to arts and entertainment experiences of every variety — from classical to country, ballet to Broadway.  In such a short time, Valley Performing Arts Center has made a lasting impression in Southern California.  Audiences are treated to impeccable customer service in a state of the art facility.  The Great Hall is as intimate as it is impressive, with pristine acoustics that are lauded by audiences and artists alike.

This is the organization I proudly joined in March, and my first three performances were the perfect kickoff — violinist Joshua Bell redefined Brahms while leading the Academy of St Martin in the Field, trumpeter Doc Severinsen proved that big band music is as hot as ever, and Diana Krall transformed a sold-out house into an experience as intimate as if we were lounging in the singer’s living room.

In the coming year, I will be hard at work planning the 2015-2016 season. At every step, I will have VPAC’s audience in mind.  I will also be conceiving ways to build our family, to attract new audiences, and further advance our reputation as a leader in the performing arts.

The CSUN campus provides a vibrant home for VPAC and an important source of inspiration as I envision its future.  I am impressed with the palpable commitment to innovation at the University, and I aim to fully engage the campus and to build a performing arts center that acts as a gateway to the greater Los Angeles area.

Though I have worked at theaters around the world, I have always come back to Los Angeles.  This is my home, and I know it well — not only its many arts and culture institutions, but also the rich tapestry of its neighborhoods and its people.

This diversity is reflected in my tastes in music, dance, and theater. I am, perhaps, not a typical performing arts producer — I’m equally comfortable in a tuxedo at a premier as I am in a tent in the mountains; I get equally excited about a food truck as a four star restaurant.

Foremost, I am a passionate advocate for the value of a performing arts center.  VPAC can be the village green of the San Fernando Valley, a place to slow down and to connect in person, a place where all art forms are valued, and everyone is welcome.

Please join me as we build VPAC’s future together.  Please spread the word, and please say hello to the VPAC staff in the lobby before performances.  I personally look forward to meeting you!


Thor Steingraber
Executive Director