Steven A. Hoffman
Steve became Executive Director of the Norton Center in July 2010. Before that, he served as President and CEO of the National Steinbeck Center in Monterey County, California, an international cultural institution with a mission focused on the life, works and philosophies of John Steinbeck. Prior to that, Hoffman spent eleven years as the founding CEO of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, in Sioux Falls, SD. There, 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 1900- and 300-seat theaters. Steve’s recent professional accomplishments include co-chairing the 2009 and 2010 Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual national conferences, serving on the California Association of Museums’ board of directors, APAP’s Classical Connections committee and its Young Performers Career Advancement program, and speaking at regional and national conferences. Regionally, Steve is an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky and has recently served as a grant reviewer for the Kentucky Arts Council and Midatlantic Arts Foundation. Locally, he currently serves on boards or committees for the Community Arts Center, Heart of Danville and Heart of Kentucky United Way.
Mandy D. Prather
Director of Marketing & Development
Mandy Prather began her position at the Norton Center in June 2011 after living and working for over six years in Washington, D.C. Her career in arts administration began in marketing at Arena Stage and continued in the office of Corporate & Foundation Relations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently 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 and as a grant reviewer for the Kentucky Arts Council. Currently, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council. In 2012 she was selected as a participant in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute.
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.
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.
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 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.
Box Office Assistant
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.
Business / Office Manager
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 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.