Kenneth Metzner

Phone: (215) 790-3822

Ken Metzner, Executive Director of PVLA, has over 25 years of experience working with artists, arts organizations and creative entrepreneurs in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  He joined PVLA in September of 2021 after 14 years of service to the arts and culture community of greater Philadelphia following a 17-year legal career.  Metzner previously served as Executive Director of the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, an arthouse cinema and music venue, and was earlier the founding Executive Director of Kun-Yang Lin Dancers and the CHI Movement Arts Center in Philadelphia. His experience in the legal field includes working at two major New York law firms before joining the legal team at luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue based in New York, where he rose in rank to senior vice president and general counsel during his 10-year tenure.


Metzner’s philanthropic service to the local arts sector includes five years as a PVLA volunteer attorney and stints as board president of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and as a vice chair of the board of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.  Metzner is also an arbitrator at the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. He was educated at the University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University, the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies and the London School of Economics.