About Highview Arts Center
our mission is to ignite community engagement and promote the exchange of ideas through education and cultural expression.
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.
Meet the Team
Leslie Witten recently retired as a Vice President from PNC Bank's Private Bank/Trust Department. She has not performed onstage since high school, but is a lover of the arts and hopes to contribute to the Board with her "business brain". She is a lifelong resident of the Highview area and is elated to have the Highview Arts Center in her neighborhood.
Leslie also serves on the boards of Compassionate Friends Louisville Chapter and the Spring Mill Farms Neighborhood Association and volunteers for Waterfront Botanical Gardens and Louisville Grows.
Former Councilman of District 23 (Highview), Jame is the founder of the HAC!
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.
Vin Morreale Jr
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.
Production Coordinator/ VP
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.
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