Our Programming Team


Ted Barron

Richard Herbst
Cinema Program Director


Ricky Herbst has joined Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center as the Cinema Program Manager of the Browning Cinema. As Cinema Program Manager, he holds curatorial oversight of the Browning Cinema and arranges a nearly year-round exhibition program, which includes the ANDkids World Film Festival as well as several film festivals curated in partnership with University of Notre Dame academic departments, centers, and institutes.

A native of small-town Iowa, Ricky’s early involvement in the arts taught him the importance of both movies and movie theaters when building community. Leaving Iowa to study at the University of Notre Dame, he sought out to study how attitudes, beliefs, and opinions change—or don’t—both at individual and societal levels. Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre provided that training while allowing him to dive further into his deep interest in film and television.

Throughout his career in law and criminology, cinema remained a constant, whether working in the entertainment law sector or programming film series, either for educational institutions or ad hoc groups. Ricky will now apply his experience in program construction and departmental development to Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema. Previously, Ricky was Notre Dame Law School’s Assistant Director for Public Interest Law and remains active as a co-founder of Ultreia, Inc., a nonprofit often collaborating with LangLab to produce events with local artists. He holds an M. Phil in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, where he was active in the Sidney Sussex Film Society, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. in Psychology and Film, Television, and Theatre summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.


Sean Martin
Associate Director of Programming and Engagement


Sean Martin is the Associate Director of Programming and Engagement at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. He is responsible for curating the center's Presenting Series, which is made up of professional artists in music, theatre, and dance. He is also responsible for all aspects of engagement and educational outreach initiatives of the center and works closely with the executive director in developing interdisciplinary artist residency projects with the University and community at large.

Martin has worked in arts administration for over 10 years. He has presented at performing arts conferences about the role of arts and community engagement and has been a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. His efforts in arts education lead to the acceptance of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center into the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program as a team with the South Bend Community School Corporation. In his previous role as Director of Guest Services, Martin shaped the center's accessibility policies and helped oversee the usher program.

Martin graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music and Pre-Professional Medical Studies and graduated magna cum laude with a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He was inducted into the Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council in 2012. Martin currently sings in Collegium Musicum and Basilica Schola at the University and also plays french horn in the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra. Since 2009, Martin has served as board president for St. Joseph Valley Camerata, a local non-profit choir.


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Mission Statement
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center facilitates learning reflective of Notre Dame’s distinctive liberal arts tradition through the informed exploration of universal truths and beauty. We serve to encourage and celebrate the human spirit through the performing and cinematic arts which connect, stimulate and enrich our communities.

In response to life’s great questions, we strive to be a premier university presenter advancing the depth of discourse and wealth of cultural expression in which lies the transformative power of the arts.