Ted Barron, senior associate director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed executive director of the center and Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts. He has served as interim executive director since the departure of Anna M. Thompson last fall.
“I am delighted that Ted has accepted the position as executive director of our performing arts center,” said Maura Ryan, vice president and associate provost. “He is a passionate advocate for the arts, a talented administrator and a natural collaborator. I look forward to working with him and the other arts partners on campus and in the community in realizing the potential of this extraordinary resource.”
Barron added: “It has been a great privilege to serve as interim executive director for the past academic year, and I am humbled at the opportunity to now assume this permanent role. I have been fortunate to work with an outstanding team at DPAC for the past six years and look forward to deepening our connections with our campus partners in our shared efforts to celebrate and elevate the arts at Notre Dame. This is an exciting moment in the center’s history to reintroduce the value of the arts both on campus and in the greater community.”
Barron has served as senior associate director since 2010 and has led the visits to Notre Dame by filmmakers such as Claire Denis, Larry Karaszewski, Margarethe von Trotta, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. He teaches courses on film history in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre.
Barron previously served as senior programmer of the Harvard Film Archive at Harvard University and director of programming of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in Brookline Massachusetts. He has received numerous honors for his film programming, including a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics in 2006. He also has served as a lecturer in film studies at Harvard University, Montclair State University, Boston University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Barron earned his doctorate in visual studies from the University of California, Irvine, where he focused on American independent film and documentary film. He earned a master’s degree in film studies from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Syracuse University.
May 26, 2016
By providing a space for people to create, present, and get feedback from a community that supports those arts interests, when all of those things come together in a meaningful way, we’re doing our best work.Ted Barron, Executive Director, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
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.
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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