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Steven A. Hoffman

Executive Director

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.

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Mandy D. Prather

Associate Director

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.

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Dana Bart

Art Director

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.

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Megan Derrick

Marketing and Development Associate

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.

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Jessica Durham

Engagement Coordinator

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.

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Sharon Rogers-Hinkle

Box Office Manager

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 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.

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Amy Connell

Box Office Coordinator

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.

Megan deAraujo

AssistantTechnical Director

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.


John A. Roush

Jamey Leahey
Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs & Gift Planning


Steven A. Hoffman
Executive Director

Mandy D. Prather
Associate Director

Dana Bart
Director of Publications

Sharon Rogers-Hinkle
Box Office Manager

Amy Connell
Box Office Coordinator

Jessica Durham
Manger of Engagement

Nina Story
Senior Administrative Assistant

Michael Lavin
Technical Director

Megan de Araujo
Assistant Technical Director

Wayne D. King
Director of Facilities Management

Kayla Perry
Mikaela Powell

Stefani Walls
Facilities Staff


Judith Jia
Professor of Art, Humanities Division Chair

James Bloom
Associate Professor of Art History, Art Program Chair

Matthew R. Hallock
Professor of Dramatic Arts, Dramatic Arts Program Chair

Nathan Link
Associate Professor of Music, Music Program Chair