Jan 20, 2009 — This week marks the start of new leadership nationally and locally. The Adirondacks Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake has a new Executive Director. Stephen Svoboda is a professional playwright, director and educator. He's a native of Tupper Lake and returns to the Adirondacks after eight years of teaching and working with theater groups in Miami. Svoboda got his undergraduate degree in playwrighting at SUNY Plattsburgh. He told Todd Moe that he's excited about returning to the region.