Designed by architect William Wesley Peters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, the Norton Center originally opened in 1973 as the Centre College Regional Arts Center. Within the 85,000 square foot complex are stunning performance and exhibition spaces as well as exceptional academic facilities for art, music, and drama. The Center’s two theatres have drawn consistent praise from performers and audiences alike. The Norton Center for the Arts 1973 Opening Night Gala featured Verdi’s “OTELLO.” The first season featured the Krasnayarsk Dance Company of Siberia and the World premiere of the symphonic work “The City” by Rod McKuen. Since then the Center has helped make Danville a “powerhouse palace of culture” (Louisville Courier Journal) and is an internationally recognized performing arts center with state of the art facilities.

William Wesley Peters

Renowned for his innovative organic structures, Norton Center architect William Wesley Peters holds a vital place in the history of 20th Century American architecture. A chief architect at Taliesin Associated Architects of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Peters collaborated with Wright for more than a quarter century on projects including Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.

The Center hosts a world-class performing arts series and serves as a focal point for the College’s academic programs in dramatic arts and music. Centre College is often the place where important debates and political forums occur. In 2000 and 2012, the College was the home of the vice-presidential debate.

Steve Hoffman

Executive Director
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Steve Hoffman has curated, produced and presented cross-genre multi-disciplinary programs, events and seasons for nearly 30 years. Since 2010, he has served as Executive Director of Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, in Danville, Kentucky, where he is responsible for its oversight, management and programming. Highlights include producing the Japanese Winter Plum Festival and Kentucky Bluegrass Week (in Yamaguchi, Japan), curating The Wright Angle: William Wesley Peters, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Norton Center, producing and commissioning EAT: A Literary and Photography Installation, scores of campus and community engagement activities with professional artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Vereen, Chris Thile + Edgar Meyer and Sphinx Virtuosi, and his involvement with the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate and Debate Festival. In 2017, Steve was proud to accept, on behalf of the Norton Center, the Governor’s Award for the Arts for Community Arts. Previously, Steve served as President and CEO of the National Steinbeck Center, in Monterey County, California – an international cultural institution and museum with a mission focused on the life, works and philosophies of John Steinbeck. Before that, he spent eleven years as the founding CEO of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he led the multi-disciplinary cultural institution’s Kirby Science Discovery Center and Omnimax-type theater, seven-gallery Visual Arts Center, and Husby Performing Arts Center with its 1,900- and 300-seat theaters. He also previously served as Program Director of the Huntington Arts Council in New York where he produced an annual 50+ day, eight-week outdoor summer festival. Steve’s professional accomplishments include co-chairing the 2009 and 2010 Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ annual national conferences, serving on the California Association of Museums’ board of directors and speaking at regional and national conferences. He has served on federal, national, state and local grant review panels. Steve is also currently on the faculty of the University of Kentucky Department of Arts Administration graduate program and has also taught courses at the University of Michigan and Centre College. He has mentored international, professional, classical musicians since 2013 through the national Young Professionals Career Advancement program. Since living in Kentucky, Steve has served on boards and committees for The Gladys Project, the Heart of Danville, Leadership Boyle County, The Danville Community Arts Center, Heart of Kentucky United Way, Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College (Maryville, TN), and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. His photography, poetry and prose has been published in numerous anthologies and publications.

Jennifer Broadwater


Director of Marketing 
and Development

Bio

In January of 2019, Jennifer joined the Norton Center for the Arts team as the Director of Marketing & Development. Jennifer previously worked in the Boyle County school system as the Communications Director and was a member of the Shaker Village non-profit team before her time at Boyle County.

Jennifer and her husband have two children and reside in Danville.

Dana Bart

Art Director
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Since 2007 Dana has held the position of Director of Publications, in charge of designing projects for the Norton Center as well as other departments of Centre College. During her tenure, she has received numerous regional ADDY awards as well as a CASE award for her design work. Dana worked for 16 years as an Associate Graphic Art Director for Host Communications (presently IMG World), a company that provides sports marketing services for several NCAA Division I universities and athletic conferences. At Host, Dana art directed and produced design projects for many institutions including the University of Kentucky, Villanova University, the University of Georgia, Maryland University, etc, as well as for conferences like the SEC, Metro – Atlantic, Big 12, and Midwestern Collegiate. She is a Fine Arts graduate and has exhibited her work in Romania, Italy, and Washington, D.C.

Amy Connell


Box Office Coordinator 

Bio

Amy joined the Norton Center in August of 2018. She is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Arts Administration. Her previous box office experiences include serving as the Ticket Office Assistant Manager for the Singletary Center for the Arts and Box Office Manager for the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center. In addition to her box office experience, she has served as House Manager for various organizations such as the Singletary Center for the Arts, the Lexington Children’s Theater and UK Opera Theatre.  These experiences have contributed to her passion for the performing arts and her knowledge of operations with live events. At Norton, Amy assists the Box Office Manager with daily operations and manages the Student Matinee Series.

Jessica Durham

Engagement Coordinator
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

In March of 2014, Jessica Durham began her role as Engagement Coordinator for the Norton Center after working almost two years in the Academic Dean’s office. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Business Administration from Bellarmine University and an M.S. in Human Environmental Sciences, emphasis in Event Planning, from The University of Alabama. She has planned events with organizations such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Bellarmine University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, The University of Alabama, and of course Centre College.

Matt Overing


Marketing Coordinator 
 

Bio

Matt Overing joined the Norton Center for the Arts in May of 2019 from the Advocate-Messenger, a daily newspaper in Danville, Kentucky. Matt was the sports editor and covered all athletics across six counties, winning awards for photography, design and storytelling from the Kentucky Press Association. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Political Science.

As Marketing Coordinator, Matt works with all things digital at the Norton Center, from the website to social media to subscriber emails. Matt and his wife have two kids and live in Danville.

Michael Lavin


Technical Director
 

Bio

Michael became the Technical Director for the Norton Center in July 2018.  He earned a BFA in Technical Theater from the University of Kentucky. After graduating, he became the Assistant Technical Director and two years later the Technical Director of CAM-PLEX, a multi-events facility, in Gillette, WY.  Michael moved back to Kentucky when he became a Technical Coordinator for the Lexington Opera House and Rupp Arena, where he worked for 15 years. In addition, Michael has worked as an IATSE stagehand and has stage managed events such as Red, White, and Boom and the Acoustic Jam Series. Michael and his wife reside in Versailles with their two children.

Nina Story


Senior Administrative Assistant
 

Bio

Nina joined the Norton Center staff in July 2018. She has over 30 combined years of experience in manufacturing, healthcare and childcare work environments. Before coming to Norton, Nina worked for Ephraim McDowell Health as the Finance and Customer Relations Coordinator for A Children’s Place and was previously a Billing Specialist in the business office. Prior to her work at Ephraim McDowell, Nina worked as an Accountant II for ATR Wire & Cable Co. for more than two decades. As Senior Administrative Assistant, Nina oversees facilities requests and has helped streamline incoming order forms and other monetary filings. Nina resides in Danville and is thankful for her family and the opportunity to work for Centre College, another great organization in the local community.

Ava Pinales


Marketing and Media
Development Intern

Bio

Ava joined the Norton Center staff in May 2019. She is a graduate of Lakota East High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is currently studying Anthropology/Sociology with minors in Gender Studies and Politics at Centre College.

Megan deAraujo

Assistant Technical Director
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Megan de Araujo joined the full time staff of the Norton Center as Assistant Technical Director in 2017. She currently works to assist the Technical Director with all technical aspects of the Norton Center productions, including lighting, sets, sound, and props. Megan is primarily interested in lighting and moving light programming, doing the design and programming of all shows without a dedicated Lighting Designer. Before coming to the Norton Center full time, Megan worked as the in-house lighting technician on a freelance basis for both the Norton Center and the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. Some of her other freelance credits include lighting programmer for various UK Opera Theater productions (Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, and South Pacific), stagehand and technician for the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia, and lighting technician and stagehand for the Frazier Museum’s installation of the Hunger Games Exhibit. Before her career freelancing, Megan sailed around the Hawaiian Islands as the lighting technician for the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship The Pride of America. Megan graduated with a B.A. in Theater from Grinnell College in 2009. She currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Henry.