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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 over 25 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), 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. 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 YPCA program. Since living in Kentucky, Steve has served on boards and committees for the Heart of Danville, Leadership Boyle County, Danville’s 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.

Mandy D. Prather

Associate Director
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Mandy Prather began her position at the Norton Center in June 2011. Her career in arts administration began in marketing at the Tony-award winning LORT Theatre, Arena Stage, in Washington, DC, and continued in the office of Corporate & Foundation Relations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. While in Washington she held the position of Director of Corporate Giving at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, where she was responsible for raising over $1.2 million annually. Originally from South Carolina, she holds a B.A. in English from Clemson University. Mandy has served as a volunteer with Somerset’s Master Musicians Festival, as a grant reviewer for the Kentucky Arts Council, and on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. Currently, she also serves as President of the Board for Lake Cumberland Performing Arts. In 2012 she was selected as a participant in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute.

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.

Megan Derrick

Marketing and Development Associate
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Megan joined the Norton Center team in August 2017. Her marketing career began in the aviation field, where she served as the Marketing Manager and Social Media coordinator for a small local business. This experience, combined with her passion for community building and with the performing arts, currently aid her duties as the current Marketing and Development Associate at the Norton Center. From social media engagement to working with donors, Megan assists the Marketing Office with a variety of tasks. She is pursuing her B.A. in Social Work, and continues to perform in the community with March Madness Marching Band out of Lexington.

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.

Sharon Rogers-Hinkle

Box Office Manager
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Sharon has worked for the Norton Center for over 31 years, joining the college in 1983. In 1990, she implemented the computerized ticketing system and worked with LoGograph and Tickets.com in New York (Norton Center’s software representative) to setup internet ticket sales. Under Sharon’s management the Norton Center’s box office was nominated for BOX OFFICE OF THE YEAR in 1997 by the International Ticketing Association. Sharon traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to represent the Norton Center against top box offices throughout the United States and abroad. The Norton Center placed third against two other organizations, one being the Centennial Olympic Park, which placed first as the 1996 sponsor of the Summer Olympics. In 2013, Sharon travelled to Disney World in Florida, where she experienced firsthand from top Disney World CEOs how to implement social media techniques and build an interactive theater seat map for the Norton Center’s ticketing system. Sharon is blessed to have a wonderful husband and family, and to be part of the Centre College community.

Brittany Duvall

Box Office Assistant
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Brittany joined the Norton Center team as Box Office Assistant in July of 2011. After graduating from Campbellsville University in 2009 with a Worship Arts degree, Brittany married her college sweetheart and moved closer to home working in a local community theatre and also alongside her husband in the ministry. At the Norton Center, Brittany proudly assists the Box Office Manager with the day to day operations of the Box Office and manages the Student Matinee Series. Brittany and her husband reside in Harrodsburg with their two children, Sawyer and Harper.

Karen Sherwood

Business/Office Manager
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Karen joined the Norton Center team in February of 1999. Before that, she retired with twenty years of service in the United States Air Force. She, her husband and their three children moved to Danville after visiting family and falling in love with Kentucky and the area. While at the Norton Center, her duties have included assisting the box office, processing and maintaining the Norton Center calendar, and processing purchase orders, bills, deposits and credit card statements. Karen also coordinates outside events at the Norton Center including Centre College activities, weddings, conferences and meetings. Karen received her degree in Business Management from Texas Lutheran University while serving in the military.

Mark deAraujo

Technical Director
Norton Center for the Arts

Bio

Mark is responsible for the technical needs, including lighting, sets, sound, props and costumes, of every performance. Many touring productions bring everything they need for their performance at the Norton Center, some send ahead lighting and set diagrams to be executed with Norton Center materials and some depend on the Norton Center to design these elements completely. De Araujo uses a crew of students for much of the setup and running of each show, providing an educational opportunity for them to gain professional experience in technical areas of the arts. De Araujo holds a B.F.A. from the University of Florida and an M.A. from Indiana University. He has designed and done tech work for the Brown County Playhouse, the Hippodrome Theatre, and Raintree Harvest dance troop. He worked as Assistant Technical Director for the Theatre Department at Indiana University before joining the Norton Center and the Centre Faculty in 1979.

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.

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