While the Norton Center for the Arts is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations, it is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures and other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center serves as a focal point for the College’s academic programs in dramatic arts and music and is often the place where important debates and political forums occur. Most notably, the College, and the Norton Center, hosted the 2000 and 2012 US Vice-Presidental debates.
Grant Hall, adjacent to the Norton Center, is home to classrooms, studios, and faculty offices for the departments of dramatic arts and music. Grant includes recital halls, playing rooms, well-lit hardwood acting studios, and a versatile black box theatre for student productions. Centre College students are encouraged to take advantage of free tickets to most Norton Center presentations. Complete student ticket info is available via this link. Information on concert etiquette and attendance at College mandated convocations may be found here.
The College offers classes for both majors and non-majors that provide a thorough foundation in theatrical history, theory, and literature as well as training in acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. Thus, students are prepared for graduate education and for employment in any field that values high level communication skills as well as for careers in theatre as teacher, artist, technician, or manager.
In preparation for their graduate school and/or a professional career, majors are required, as part of their senior seminar experience, to reflect upon their time in the drama program at Centre College. This reflection process involves a public “exhibition” of their four years of work within the program. For the student body at large, the program affords the opportunity to experience, as audience or participants, a wide range of dramatic forms selected both to educate and to entertain.
Learn more by visiting the Dramatic Arts page at Centre.edu.
Whether you want to play in a first-rate college orchestra or sing in a choir, perform in an opera or musical, play in the famous Kentucky music ensemble, learn about traditional music from exotic cultures, work with some of the amazing world-class artists who come to the Norton Center for the Arts, or study music from some of our internationally acclaimed faculty, Centre’s music program is brimming with possibilities.
The Music Program at Centre College seeks to provide a meaningful experience with music of high quality for every student at the College. Learn more by visiting the Music Program page at Centre.edu.
KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
Kentucky’s heritage of art and artists is unparalleled, just like the commitment of The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts to Kentucky’s next generation of young artists.
Every summer for the past twenty-seven years, GSA and our faculty of professional artist/educators have guided over two hundred of Kentucky’s finest young artists through three weeks of incredibly intense (and incredibly fun) arts instruction (since 2014, on the campus of Centre College in Danville). GSA auditions promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music.
For three solid weeks, the students live, breathe, eat and sleep the arts. It’s a thrilling, often life-changing experience, as they meet new friends, explore their creativity, and discover new things about who they are and who they can be in the future.
Graduates of the summer program are eligible for a host of scholarships and educational opportunities in all fields of study. Representatives from as many as 70 colleges and universities from across the country audition and interview graduates in the fall during GSA’s College and Career Day. Students can meet with representatives from such prestigious programs as the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, along with great programs from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Transylvania University, Morehead State University, Bellarmine University, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, and many more. Plus, twenty four colleges and universities welcome GSA alums with scholarships, just for having completed the program. Read more about Governor’s School for the Arts at Centre College in this 2016 article.