About Highview Arts Center
As a 501c3 entity, our mission is to ignite community engagement and promote the exchange of ideas through education and cultural expression.
Highview Arts Center will strive to achieve this through the following:
1. Managing a community-led arts space incorporating a dedicated theatre and when appropriate, staging theatrical performances from other area groups.
2. Presenting quality, entertainment and education for all, created by and for members of the community.
3. Encouraging greater interest, knowledge and understanding of the arts and theatre, through nurturing creativity, fostering space for authentic artistic expression, generating discussion of theatre and the arts and how they move us forward in society.
4. Promoting a broader and more inclusive community by being a welcoming space for sharing experiences and ideas, and in particular by seeking out and supporting artists and patrons of all backgrounds.
5. Coordinating events with a key focus on current social and cultural issues, charitable purposes, educational content, or community engagement, as opportunity or need arises.
Jeanne-Marie has performed around the Louisville area for many years as a vocalist and instrumentalist. A graduate of Youth Performing Arts School, she holds degrees in Oboe Performance and Church Music. She is the founder and artistic director of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Louisville, and currently serves as Minister of Music at St. Marks United Church of Christ in New Albany.
Sometime in 1986 or 87 I sat in front of a psychic on Venice Beach in California. He told me I would accidentally move home twice, I would open and close many theaters, that I would run a film program. He told me that when I was doing these things I’d feel like I was failing, but that time would give perspective and that I’d look back proud. I hated this prediction and swore it would never happen. I just (thought) I wanted to act. But I didn’t and he was right.
I look back and realize I’ve done enough that I’ve forgotten literal hundreds of productions. That every time I quit (retire) all I really do is switch between theatre and film. I’ve been fortunate enough to train with some of the very best in this business, (Patrick Stewart, Raul Julia, William Hurt, Joseph Papp, etc). They all told me this is what I’d do, but that was time wasted on a child years ago. Highview will be my 18th theater I’ve built. I’m proud to be part of this center and it’s path. I hope we entertain, that is, after all, why we are all here. Former producing director for The Alley Theatre, 1993-2015.
Vin is an internationally known screenwriter, playwright and author of more than a dozen books. Vin has received nearly 1,000 productions of his stage plays, nationally and internationally. He was a founding member of the San Francisco Playwrights’ Center and the Senseless Bickering Comedy Theatre. He has directed and acted in hundreds of plays, live events, films, TV & Radio shows, documentaries and commercials over the years.
His book on theater, BURNING UP THE STAGE: Monologues, Short Scenes & Audition Pieces for Actors From Six To Seventy is distributed worldwide through Dramatic Publishing, which also carries a number of his published plays. He has more than a dozen plays in print, nationally and internationally, as well as three highly acclaimed acting resource books drawn from his nationally known acting workshops.
Taylor is an active event and wedding planner in Kentucky. Currently an Events Planner at the Galt House Hotel, Taylor spends her days creating and designing weddings, Galas, and Derby Events in the Louisville area. Her career in Kentucky started with Heaven Hill Distilleries, Louisville Zoo, Oak Island Creative and Hummingbird Page Events, and Taylor has worked in several industries event planning for both corporate and private clients.
Prior to arriving in KY, she was a proud member of AEA, and stage managed on and off Broadway, with her longest tenure as an SM for Blue Man Group. Her experiences in NYC were sprinkled with stage managing anything and everything, from NYFW to galas with Billy Joel, movie premiers at Lincoln Center, to being a Parade Captain with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Taylor has tapped into the local community theatre scene, performing with TheatreWorks, Clarksville Little Theatre, Center Stage and Ballarmine University. A lover of theatre, animals, and bourbon, she and her husband, John, spend their free time with their greyhounds, Barnie and Blaze, singing showtunes to anyone who will listen, and hunting for special bourbons.
Tom is a lifelong Highview resident. He graduated from DuPont Manual Youth Performing Arts School and studied music education at the University of Louisville. He also has had the privilege of serving the Highview community for twenty five years as a volunteer firefighter.
Jill Marie Schierbaum is a Louisville-based multimedia artist, designer, and creative. She is the creator behind Design Studio 749 and works as Digital Branding and Marketing Coordinator with Looking For Lilith Theatre Company. Since 2006, she has worked almost every tech job theatre has to offer here in Louisville, besides hanging lights- terrified of heights.
Joyce has lived in the Highview area most of her life and has over 25 years of administrative experience. She is currently the Office Administrator at Highview Fire Protection District. Joyce is rooted in and committed to the community, and glad to be a part of the Highview Arts Center. While she plans to stay 'off stage,' she is excited about sharing her administrative experience, being a supportive member of the Board, and helping the Highview Arts Center carry out their mission to ignite the community of Highview… and beyond.
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