VPA Staff

DJ Rotach, Artistic Director

DJ is a military veteran with 10 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.  Originally from the “Deep South”, he has called Alaska “home” since 2004 and works as an IT and communication specialist for AT&T.  DJ is an active member at the Cross Country Church in Wasilla and is an avid supporter of youth hockey.  He has been an active supporter of VPA for a number of years, volunteering as an actor in numerous plays, serving as a show director in many others, and providing behind-the-scenes support as lead carpenter and scenic director when needed.  DJ has also served on VPA’s Board Development Committee.  He looks forward to helping VPA continue its emphasis of providing quality live theatre to the community and to further its vision of serving the needs of the Mat-Su Valley.  He is the proud father of two children and has an active recreational life which includes travel and an occasional Georgia Bulldog football game.

Garry Forrester, Executive Director

Originally from Texas, Garry found his way to Valley Performing Arts several years ago when he auditioned for, and received, a leading role in VPA’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Since that time, he has found himself involved in additional productions, both on stage and as a director, and has brought his entire family along with him!  After serving on the Board of Directors, he was asked to assume the role of Executive Director in late 2009.  As the theatre’s chief executive, he has enjoyed working with the Board, staff, and numerous volunteers to ensure that Valley Performing Arts remains the vital community asset that it has grown to be in the last 40 years.  Garry looks forward to the years ahead with a vision of great progress and a bright future for the organization and he is committed to VPA’s mission of providing quality live theatre to the community that supports it in such a wonderful way.

Lauralynn Robison, Marketing Director

Lauralynn has lived in Alaska for over 20 years now and moved to the Valley in 2005.  Working at VPA has afforded her the opportunity to discover just how many real “characters” there are living here in the Mat-Su.  When not devoting her time to securing sponsors and advertisers and being the social media guru for Valley Performing Arts, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their domestic zoo.

Janet Kennedy, Accountant

As a certified public accountant with the firm of Swalling & Associates, PC in Wasilla, she brings a strong background in finance and business.  Janet has been actively involved with VPA for over ten years as a volunteer, both behind the scenes and on stage.  She has served on several committees including the Board Development Committee, the Finance Committee and the Capital Project Committee.  Janet previously served on the Board of Directors both as President and Treasurer.  She looks forward to helping VPA accomplish its mission of promoting community participation in quality live theatre.