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.