Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Janet Starke

Executive Director, Richmond CenterStage

Janet Starke is Executive Director for Richmond CenterStage, a performing arts organization that oversees two performing arts venues in Richmond, VA, that support a dozen resident presenting and producing companies. The organization also implements a comprehensive, regional arts education initiative that includes school- and community-based programs. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Janet was the organization’s Director of Education for over six years. For nearly 20 years, she has administered education programs at performing arts centers and other arts organizations in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Nashville. In these programs, she designed and implemented professional development for teachers and teaching artists for the successful delivery of arts-integrated curricula supported by artist residencies. A native of Richmond, VA, she holds degrees in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University and University of Cincinnati. Janet is active in statewide arts administration and advocacy, currently serving a three-year term on the Area V General Operating Grants panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.