UW-Green Bay alumna heads Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, talks ‘Hamilton’ with WBAY
“It leads off a busy year for the PAC, which not only brings in Broadway shows but also stage plays, musical acts, family programming and community collaborations. The team over at the PAC is led by Maria Van Laanen. She was the second person hired by the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center back in 2001, when the building was still a hole in the ground. Van Laanen has come up through the ranks to become President of the PAC, a job that she appeared to be destined for while growing up in the Green Bay area. …She transferred back to UW-Green Bay to finish her degree and found work at the Weidner Center. Her career after college took her to Minneapolis, where she worked to book shows across the country. When the opportunity to join the under-construction PAC came up in 2001, Van Laanen made the move back to Northeast Wisconsin and started right away booking shows for the opening season.” See more via WBAY.